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David Graeber

University of Occupy - Majoring in Freedom

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Rage. Almost every adolescent feels at one time or another or most of the time a feeling of suffocation and expresses that feeling with rage. David Graeber in his on line essays on revolutionary social movements called “Revolutions in Reverse” , focuses on this alienation. Why were so many American teenagers “entranced” by Raoul Vaneigem’s book “The Revolution of Everyday Life ?” he asked himself. Then he answers his own question. “It must be the highest theoretical expression of the feelings of rage, boredom, and revulsion that almost any adolescent at some point feels when confronted with the middle class existence.” The young see before them mind-numbing unimaginative work and it freaks them out. Read more about University of Occupy - Majoring in Freedom

Grappling with Graeber - Alternatives to Kamikaze Capitalism

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Anthropologist and activist, David Graeber wrote 6 essays between 2004 and 2010 and they are now compiled under the title “Revolutions in Reverse”. We here in the United States have been told there is no alternative to markets and capitalism, but in these essays he comes up with some observations about how to go about re-imagining lives that have meaning and purpose. His idea of freedom lies somewhere in the region between Somalia and Pandora. He was there at the beginning of Occupy Wall Street and his ideas have taken root in many Occupies. What follows are some of those ideas that beat new neural paths in my brain and repaved some old ones. Read more about Grappling with Graeber - Alternatives to Kamikaze Capitalism

Grappling with Graeber Pt 1 - The War on Imagination

Between 2004 and 2010, David Graeber wrote a series of essays that were compiled under the title “Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination”. Graeber grapples with the seeming implosion of capitalism in the first decade of the 21st Century in these essays and the confusion that many in the anti-globalization movement felt after 9/11, but also some unexpected victories. "Revolutions in Reverse". Read more about Grappling with Graeber Pt 1 - The War on Imagination

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