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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:20 AM

29. These ideas come out of David Graeber's "Debt: The First 5,000 Years"

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Graeber was one of the original organizers of Occupy Wall Street. He's an anarchist-anthropologist whose ideas about society are informed by a profound knowledge of systems that aren't based on the financialization of everything. And his book, though long, is a fun read.

The ideas expressed in the final paragraph of the OP come straight out of Graeber. He points out repeatedly that debt has been confused with morality, that the cancellation of debts has been falsely painted as an existential threat to the social order, and that debt is the chief mechanism by which land and resources have been stolen from the people who depend on them and funneled into the hands of a wealthy elite.

Right now, mortgage debt, student loan debt, and credit card debt are killing us. This is absolutely where Occupy needs to be focusing, and I'm glad to see it.

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