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Occupy Wall Street/Occupy, ten years on

The act of remembrance is not for us, as we so often repeat, one of simple commemoration, nor of retrospective evaluation: was an event, a movement, a revolt, a revolution, significant? The question begs criteria, criteria of what is politically and socially important, which is in turn judged according to “measurable” changes in what exists.

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David Graeber – After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep

In an essay penned shortly before his death, David Graeber argued that post-pandemic, we can’t slip back into a reality where the way our society is organized — to serve every whim of a small handful of rich people while debasing and degrading the vast majority of us — is seen as sensible or reasonable.

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For David Graeber (1961-2020)

The greatest homage that we can be pay to David Graeber – even if this language is probably not one that he would appreciate – is to learn from his work and his life (which were never separate), and to take these lessons into the struggle that was his, that of freedom and equality, or what he understood as democracy.

Graeber’s anarchism was always generous, and it was his historical sensitivity and openness to different forms of militancy, whether ostensibly anarchist or not, that sustained his contagious enthusiasm for rebellion.

David Graeber died yesterday, September 2nd. With his passing, his writings will remain a source for thinking through our world.

In memoriam, we share one short piece by Graeber, among the so many that we could …

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David Graeber: What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

David Graeber, a brilliant thinker and anarchist comrade passed away yesterday. We republish his essay: What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?

Image above: David Graeber (left, with microphone) speaks at Maagdenhuis Amsterdam, 2015-03-07. Source Wikimedia Commons. Image by Guido van Nispen from amsterdam, the netherlands. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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The #YellowVests Show How Much the Ground Moves Under Our Feet

We are not very enthousiastic about the fact that it was originally published in Le Monde, but decided to republish his piece about the Yellow Vests movement on the French territory because it is one more view about the ongoing events there.

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Looking back at “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs”: David Graeber – A critique

… written down, shit does not smell

Roland Barth, “L’arbre du crime”

What constitutes a “bullshit” job?  David Graeber in a now famous essay, “On the Phenonmenon of Bullshit Jobs“(2013), which now finds a second life in book form, has argued that contemporary capitalism generates endless quantities of useless, unproductive work as a means of controlling workers who, having been made technologically redundant, constitute a menace to the reigning social order.

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