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The working of non-violence

Watching the movie  Selma raised the question for me of why non-violence works – or worked – as a political strategy. The obvious answer is that it reveals the violence embedded in the political system without legitimating it. 1,757 more words

Politics

David Graeber on social class and virtue

The ultimate bourgeois virtue is thrift, and the ultimate working-class virtue is solidarity

via David Graeber | The Guardian.

In hard times, it is good to have savings, but it is important to have friends.

Favorite Quotations

Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris 2007

The quasi-existential title’s enough to put you off, so by the time the end came I wasn’t disappointed it was so disappointing. This isn’t a book, despite its office content and cast of thousands, whose writer has had the courage to stare into the abyss until the abyss gives back. 443 more words

A History of Debt

On Friday I listened to the concluding episode in David Graeber’s Radio 4 series Promises, Promises: A History of Debt. This was in the 15-minute slot after… 286 more words
Death At The Ritz And Other Politics

Dead Zones and Flying Cars: On 'The Utopia of Rules' with David Graeber

“I am fascinated by the figure of the anthropologist,” author Tom McCarthy wrote this weekend at the Guardian. “What he or she embodies for me is a version of the writer minus all the bullshit, all the camouflage or obfuscation.” Although it’s difficult to say whether McCarthy’s adulation for the anthropologist is just part of a brief cultural or historical fascination, it’s undeniable that anthropology, of late, has reshaped political discussion. 1,613 more words

Books

to read: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber.

Ever had the feeling that your job might be made up? That the world would keep on turning if you weren’t doing that thing you do 9-5? 30 more words

Anthropology