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David Graeber — on the violence of all things good

Keywords: Graeber, money, debt, violence, bureaucracy, value
Language: In English

The article is a brief summary of the intellectual legacy of anthropologist David Graeber (1961–2020). In it, I revisit some of the key arguments and lines of thought developed by Graeber over the course of his life beginning with issues of money, debt and morality and moving on to discuss his less well-known contributions to theories of bureaucracy, value, and modes of production. Graeber was an intellectual giant who not only demonstrated excellent academic rigour but was politically active engaging and leading various social movements that defined the first two decades of the 21st century. He leaves behind a rich collection of books, essays and articles that will undoubtedly shape the outlook of many future scholars.