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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 03:07 PM

 

David Graeber: After the Pandemic, We Can't Go Back to Sleep

At some point in the next few months, the crisis will be declared over, and we will be able to return to our “nonessential” jobs. For many, this will be like waking from a dream.

The media and political classes will definitely encourage us to think of it this way. This is what happened after the 2008 financial crash. There was a brief moment of questioning. (What is “finance,” anyway? Isn’t it just other people’s debts? What is money? Is it just debt, too? What’s debt? Isn’t it just a promise? If money and debt are just a collection of promises we make to each other, then couldn’t we just as easily make different ones?) The window was almost instantly shut by those insisting we shut up, stop thinking, and get back to work, or at least start looking for it.

Last time, most of us fell for it. This time, it is critical that we do not.

Because, in reality, the crisis we just experienced was waking from a dream, a confrontation with the actual reality of human life, which is that we are a collection of fragile beings taking care of one another, and that those who do the lion’s share of this care work that keeps us alive are overtaxed, underpaid, and daily humiliated, and that a very large proportion of the population don’t do anything at all but spin fantasies, extract rents, and generally get in the way of those who are making, fixing, moving, and transporting things, or tending to the needs of other living beings. It is imperative that we not slip back into a reality where all this makes some sort of inexplicable sense, the way senseless things so often do in dreams.
[link:https://jacobinmag.com/2021/03/david-graeber-posthumous-essay-pandemic|

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White Fox Mar 4 OP
HUAJIAO Mar 4 #1
BannonsLiver Mar 4 #2
Delphinus Mar 4 #7
PETRUS Mar 4 #8
Delphinus Mar 4 #10
mahina Mar 4 #3
HUAJIAO Mar 4 #4
mahina Mar 4 #5
HUAJIAO Mar 4 #6
mahina Mar 4 #9

Response to White Fox (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 03:20 PM

1. "At some point in the next few months, the crisis will be declared over, and we will be able to

return to our “nonessential” jobs.

Nuts! He's imagining things.

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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 03:34 PM

2. It's Jacobin Magazine so yeah, they do a lot of imagining things at that publication.

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Response to BannonsLiver (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 06:04 PM

7. This is only

the second article I've read from Jacobin - can you tell me a bit more about them?

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 06:15 PM

8. You didn't ask me, but...

They are an explicitly leftist publication.

Media Bias/Fact Check rates them "high" on factual reporting, but the general point of view represented there doesn't sit well with a lot of Democrats. (mediabiasfactcheck.com/jacobin/)

Here's their wiki page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobin_(magazine)

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Response to PETRUS (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:20 PM

10. Thank you

I appreciate being enlightened on them.

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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 03:49 PM

3. He is not imagining things. He died.

I knew him for a time a long while ago.
The man is not here any more. What he said, what he wrote, that’s all there is.

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Response to mahina (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 05:02 PM

4. Thank you....

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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 05:52 PM

5. You bet

It’s also in the article. Who could have imagined this guy becoming such a man.

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Response to mahina (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 05:59 PM

6. Clearly I missed it in the article.......

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Response to HUAJIAO (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 08:26 PM

9. No worries mate

Been there 🤙🏼🤙🏼

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