DEBT

Recently, we got used to see David Graeber on TV, as one of the unofficial leaders of the Occupy movement; so what could be a better occasion to feature his unique book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”. Graeber- professor of Anthropology- shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.

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