The proposal has found support from progressives and conservatives alike. But spending more money can't solve capitalism's ills.
Salon contributor Elias Isquith asked former university academic, author and activist David Graeber what made him want to write a book about bureaucracy.
We now live under a form of casino capitalism that revels in deception, kills the radical imagination, depoliticizes the American public and promulgates what might be called disimagination factories and punishing machines.
American intellectuals have had plenty of cause for despair in these Roman decades of international and domestic imperialism against different ways of thought and life. At an April launch party in San Francisco for the 22nd volume of the countercultural magazine The Baffler, anthropologist and contributor David Graeber explained some of how this happened and praised a nationwide grass-roots effort to reverse the trend.
Debt has been weaponized "pretty much continually" for the last four or five millennia by "people who have access to the ability to make credit," the anthropologist, Occupy activist and anarchist said on the "Keiser Report" TV show in late April.
"It seems unlikely," anthropologist and author David Graeber writes. "After all, as I and many others have long argued, austerity was never really an economic policy: ultimately, it was always about morality."
In the seventh episode of “The World Tomorrow,” Julian Assange and key Occupy figures from both sides of the Atlantic met in a hollowed-out Deutsche Bank building to talk about the movement’s inception and the challenges it has faced so far.
Protesters continued to occupy Manhattan's financial district Monday. "Democracy Now!" has footage of the demonstration and interviews with activists, including a conversation with distinguished anthropologist, author and protest-goer David Graeber. (more)