Occupying Zuccotti Park was nothing if not a long-shot, but
it was also the kind of long-shot David Graeber was used to taking. For more
than ten years, Graeber has juggled global justice activism with a
distinguished career in anthropology, work that has kept him bouncing across
continents, facing down riot police and tenure committees with equal poise and
determination. One of a handful of activists who imagined and planned the early
Occupy actions, Graeber has lent his considerable experience to the burgeoning
movement. In 2012, Graeber was named an Utne Visionary. Check out the video and links below to learn more about David
Graeber, his work with Occupy and Alter-Globalization, and his latest book on
the history of debt.
Below: Democracy Now! interview with David
Graeber on the beginnings and mechanics of Occupy Wall Street and the moral power of
debt (September 19, 2011).
David Graeber gives a short teach-in at Occupy Wall Street’s Free University on
democracy, sovereignty, and constituent power.
Debt Spark A Revolution?” The Nation,
September 5, 2012.
Liberation From Liberalism: The Real Meaning of May Day,” The Guardian, May 7, 2012.
“Of Flying Cars and
the Declining Rate of Profit,” The
Baffler, No. 19.
Position,” The New Inquiry,
October 8, 2012.
Graeber, the Anti-Leader of Occupy Wall Street,” Businessweek, October 26, 2011.
Direct Action: An
Ethnography, AK Press, 2009.
Debt: The First 5,000 Years, Melville House,
Image by David Graeber, licensed under Creative Commons.