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David Graeber

Bursting capitalism's bubble.
Capitalism is Eating Itself

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There is very good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism itself will no longer exist – most obviously, as ecologists keep reminding us, because it’s impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet, and the current form of capitalism doesn’t seem to be capable of generating the kind of vast technological breakthroughs and mobilizations that would be required for us to start finding and colonizing any other planets. Yet faced with the prospect of capitalism actually ending, the most common reaction – even from those who call themselves “progressives” – is simply fear. We cling to what exists because we can no longer imagine an alternative that wouldn’t be even worse.

How did we get here? My own suspicion is that we are looking at the final effects of the militarization of American capitalism itself. In fact, it could well be said that the last 30 years have seen the construction of a vast bureaucratic apparatus for the creation and maintenance of hopelessness, a giant machine designed, first and foremost, to destroy any sense of possible alternative futures. At its root is a veritable obsession on the part of the rulers of the world – in response to the upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s – with ensuring that social movements cannot be seen to grow, flourish or propose alternatives; that those who challenge existing power arrangements can never, under any circumstances, be perceived to win. To do so requires creating a vast apparatus of armies, prisons, police; various forms of private security firms and police and military intelligence apparatus, and propaganda engines of every conceivable variety, most of which do not attack alternatives directly so much as create a pervasive climate of fear, jingoistic conformity and simple despair that renders any thought of changing the world, an idle fantasy.

Maintaining this apparatus seems more important to exponents of the “free market” than maintaining any sort of viable market economy. How else can one explain what happened in the former Soviet Union? One would ordinarily have imagined that the end of the Cold War would have led to the dismantling of the army and the KGB and rebuilding the factories, but in fact what happened was precisely the other way around. This is just an extreme example of what has been happening everywhere. Economically, the apparatus is pure dead weight; all the guns, surveillance cameras and propaganda engines are extraordinarily expensive and really produce nothing, and no doubt it’s yet another element dragging the entire capitalist system down – along with producing the illusion of an endless capitalist future that laid the groundwork for the endless bubbles to begin with. Finance capital became the buying and selling of chunks of that future, and economic freedom, for most of us, was reduced to the right to buy a small piece of one’s own permanent subordination.

In other words, there seems to have been a profound contradiction between the political imperative of establishing capitalism as the only possible way to manage anything, and capitalism’s own unacknowledged need to limit its future horizons lest speculation, predictably, go haywire. When speculation did go berserk, and the whole machine imploded, we were left in the strange situation of not being able to even imagine any other way that things might be arranged. About the only thing we can imagine is catastrophe.

David Graeber, an anarchist direct action activist, has been called “the best anthropological theorist of his generation.” The above essay is adapted from his latest book Debt: The First 5,000 Years.

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modeanarchy

IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF A SOLUTION, IT'S A QUESTION OF WILL!

One problem is that relatively no one seems to understand the concept or philosophy of Anarchy.
It has nothing to do with mayhem, riots or glam punk bands. It's about forming natural bonds and communities after the dissolution of totalitarianism, personally I like t call it "Natural Process"

The recent riots in the UK had virtually nothing to do with anarchism other than the confrontation with the authorities, they had no meaning or direction, or organization, it was a merely a natural venting of underlying frustration over living in an economic class system.

Dogs are pack animals with an alpha male and are constantly climbing the social ladder, I thought humans were supposed to be evolved and NOT BE ANIMALS!

We have all the technology to organize the whole world into organized working communities if there was A WILL to do so.

The reality is that Greed is a normal human tendency which need to be controlled.
If there was a law against greed, that would be something!

modeanarchy

IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF A SOLUTION, IT'S A QUESTION OF WILL!

One problem is that relatively no one seems to understand the concept or philosophy of Anarchy.
It has nothing to do with mayhem, riots or glam punk bands. It's about forming natural bonds and communities after the dissolution of totalitarianism, personally I like t call it "Natural Process"

The recent riots in the UK had virtually nothing to do with anarchism other than the confrontation with the authorities, they had no meaning or direction, or organization, it was a merely a natural venting of underlying frustration over living in an economic class system.

Dogs are pack animals with an alpha male and are constantly climbing the social ladder, I thought humans were supposed to be evolved and NOT BE ANIMALS!

We have all the technology to organize the whole world into organized working communities if there was A WILL to do so.

The reality is that Greed is a normal human tendency which need to be controlled.
If there was a law against greed, that would be something!

Aus youth

So how do we create will power?

The proposition i left was either the slowing down capitalism or just abolishing it.

I believe very few people were in the riots were conveying a political demonstration most rioters are frustrated and fed up with general British Society and some just seized the opportunity to steal shit.

When fuck do you honestly ever see a bunch of dogs running around in packs, being the "alpha male"?
Maybe on television, cartoon shows?

We are evolved, Im going to be presumptuous and say your in a Western culture, usually we elect our representatives who we want to see put fourth our views at the highest possible social order, in order for there to be change.

Do the people in 3rd world countries who are in famines and struggle to live everyday have these technologies, education and privileges to be put into working communities? Thats a pretty big WILL

A law against greed would possibly put a stop to the wealthy getting excessively wealthier and the could help aid the poor.

Aus youth

So how do we create will power?

The proposition i left was either the slowing down capitalism or just abolishing it.

I believe very few people were in the riots were conveying a political demonstration most rioters are frustrated and fed up with general British Society and some just seized the opportunity to steal shit.

When fuck do you honestly ever see a bunch of dogs running around in packs, being the "alpha male"?
Maybe on television, cartoon shows?

We are evolved, Im going to be presumptuous and say your in a Western culture, usually we elect our representatives who we want to see put fourth our views at the highest possible social order, in order for there to be change.

Do the people in 3rd world countries who are in famines and struggle to live everyday have these technologies, education and privileges to be put into working communities? Thats a pretty big WILL

A law against greed would possibly put a stop to the wealthy getting excessively wealthier and the could help aid the poor.

modeanarchy

Hey there,

I think you agreed on some points, no?
FYI, the Canine species are pack animals and have clear
Social hiearchal structure, I don't see lions running around my
Streets either, doesn't mean they don't have
dominant figure.
As far as whether poor countries have technology.
And whatever country I am in, I renounce all borders that keep people in or out and I renounce nationalism. Last time I checked we are all members of the same race, the human race!
Lastly yes, it is a Big Will!
And yes, my natural instincts tell me right and wrong.
I'm smart enough to know that my own life would improve if if everyone around me lives improved.

modeanarchy

Hey there,

I think you agreed on some points, no?
FYI, the Canine species are pack animals and have clear
Social hiearchal structure, I don't see lions running around my
Streets either, doesn't mean they don't have
dominant figure.
As far as whether poor countries have technology.
And whatever country I am in, I renounce all borders that keep people in or out and I renounce nationalism. Last time I checked we are all members of the same race, the human race!
Lastly yes, it is a Big Will!
And yes, my natural instincts tell me right and wrong.
I'm smart enough to know that my own life would improve if if everyone around me lives improved.

conectionxtrem

It can be simple , it can slow down , re-calibrate it self , like a perfect wheel in balance , sacred geometry with room for the miraculous.
Jesus Castillo Como Comer Para Adelgazar

conectionxtrem

It can be simple , it can slow down , re-calibrate it self , like a perfect wheel in balance , sacred geometry with room for the miraculous.
Jesus Castillo Como Comer Para Adelgazar

maverickpower8

I am not sure why my post keeps posting with less of the original text and the quotation above.
It is an original , not lifted , by me Maverickpower , or does ad busters just repost what they like ??
Not sure what the stuff says in the bottom either , is that some ad thats been tagged on my post ??
Curious ( who is conectionxtrem ?? )

maverickpower8

I am not sure why my post keeps posting with less of the original text and the quotation above.
It is an original , not lifted , by me Maverickpower , or does ad busters just repost what they like ??
Not sure what the stuff says in the bottom either , is that some ad thats been tagged on my post ??
Curious ( who is conectionxtrem ?? )

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