Monday, 8 February 2021

Debt: The First 5,000 Years

quote [ For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors—of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payments, debt peonage, amnesty, repossession, restitution, the sequestering of sheep, the seizing of vineyards, and the selling of debtors' children into slavery. By the same token, for the past five thousand years, popular insurrections have begun the same way: with the ritual destruction of debt records—tablets, papyri, ledgers; whatever form they might have taken in any particular time and place.

Enter anthropologist David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years (July, ISBN 978-1-933633-86-2), which uses these struggles to show that the history of debt is also a history of morality and culture. ]

RIP David Graeber. I still gotta read his books. Perhaps I'll have the time soon since it looks like I'll be back on the road this summer.
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[by steele@6:42pmGMT]

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lrdcthulu said @ 6:03am GMT on 9th Feb [Score:1 Funny]
I almost bought that book one time.
steele said @ 1:15pm GMT on 9th Feb
Does your bookshelf haunt you, knowing what could have been?
foobar said @ 11:26am GMT on 10th Feb
This is fucking bullshit. Damn cock shit.
Paracetamol said @ 6:14am GMT on 14th Feb

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