September 4, 2013
"Ultimately we’re looking at the 21st century being the age of the end of growth and we have to start thinking about an alternative economic model."

Nafeez Ahmed at Transition NetworkAn interview with Nafeez Ahmed: “This is an unprecedented opportunity”

July 1, 2013
"The end game of American interventionism is a broad and automated global surveillance system with the ability to engage in precision strikes or utter devastation at a moment’s notice. The purpose of this system has nothing to do with preventing acts of “terrorism” or assuring Homeland Security. The American drone fleet is meant to regulate the active theaters of conflict as precisely as stocks or commodity reserves. Such fine-tuned control over death is necessary to maintain a planetary system of oligarchic wealth distribution. Militaries are reality builders and wealth creators. They are the means, medium, and mortar of empire."

David A. Banks at MurmurationThe Contradiction of Austere Warfare

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June 26, 2013
"Facing an annual decline rate of 4 or even 4.5 percent, the world must discover and bring online the equivalent of a new Saudi Arabia—or one could equally say, a new United States, complete with shale boom—every four years, or perhaps every three, in order merely to maintain current rates of production."

Timothy Mitchell at DissentPeak Oil and the New Carbon Boom

Mitchell’s book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

April 9, 2013
"What Bowles is essentially saying is that sharing the wealth causes an increase in the amount of wealth in the economy, due to more economic activity and job creation. This creates a larger and more robust tax base and reduces the benefits bill. Surely policymakers should be not just investigating but piloting projects based on Bowles’ ideas."


March 21, 2013
"But suddenly, thanks to yesterday’s declarations by Boehner and Ryan, the charade’s most sacred lie has been exposed. In acknowledging that “we do not have an immediate debt crisis,” GOP leaders are admitting that there is, in fact, an alternative. They are also admitting that their longtime claims to the contrary were ends-justify-the-means tactics to manufacture an unnecessary panic — one that they hoped would scare America into abruptly accepting the kind of draconian policies polls show the public opposes."

David Sirota at SalonGOP: We’ve been lying all along

Boehner’s admission that we don’t really have a debt crisis reveals his party’s ulterior, program-cutting motives

February 12, 2013
"If debt means immediately making the economy subjective, then, Lazzarato writes, “a specific kind of subjective conversion,” a counter-ascesis that frees initiates from “debt morality and the discourse which holds it hostage” must be the aim. Not only must all existing debt be annulled, but debt itself must be exposed for what it is, namely, “not an economic problem but an apparatus of power designed not only to impoverish … but to bring about catastrophe,” and tossed into the dustbin of history."

Erwin Montgomery at The New InquiryUsurer Illusion

September 24, 2012
In Defense of David Graeber’s Debt

By  who blogs at The Slack Wire.

"Mike Beggs read Debt, and he didn’t like it…”

"… Admittedly it takes some unpacking, but Debt‘s key themes are in close harmony with the main themes of heterodox economics work going back to Keynes; while the “economics” that Beggs opposes to him represents only the discipline’s more conservative wings. A review of Debt by an economist in a venue like Jacobin could be an important chance for interdisciplinary bridge-building; it’s a pity it turned into an exercise in moat-digging instead.”

September 8, 2012
"In the age-old battle between creditors and debtors, weak sovereign borrowers and overstretched banks more often than not triumph over financially strong creditors."

John Plender in The Financial TimesThe weakest will win in the euro battle

July 30, 2012
"I was telling her this and she asked what we could do about it and I said, well, we could just drop the debt. Suddenly she said, “Well, they borrowed the money, I mean surely they should have to pay their debts.” And it struck me: in what other circumstance would a nice person just spontaneously defend the death of five thousand babies? What is it about the moral power of debt that makes people willing to accept things that they would probably not accept under any other circumstance?"

David Graeber in GuernicaBeholden

Rebecca Solnit and David Graeber on anarchism as a problem-solving tool, the return of debtors’ prisons, and why communism is ingrained in capitalism.

(I think I blogged this before, Graeber’s question just nags at me.)

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July 5, 2012
"Much of the contemporary world revolves round the claims we make on each other and on things: ownership, obligations, contracts and payment of taxes, wages, rents, fees etc. David Graeber’s book, Debt: The first 5,000 years, aims to illuminate these questions through a focus on debt seen in very wide historical perspective. It is of course a central issue in global politics today, at every level of society. Every day sees another example of a class struggle between debtors and creditors to shape the distribution of costs after a long credit boom went dramatically bust."

Keith Hart at The Memory BankIn Rousseau’s footsteps: David Graeber and the anthropology of unequal society

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