Fragments Of An Anarchist Anthropology

“Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology”

by David Graeber

“The dice are loaded. You can’t win. Because when the skeptic says “society,” what he really means is “state,” even “nation-state.” Since no one is going to produce an example of an anarchist state — that would be a contradiction in terms — what we’re really being asked for is an example of a modern nation-state with the government somehow plucked away… There is a way out, which is to accept that anarchist forms of organization would not look anything like a state. That they would involve an endless variety of communities, associations, networks, projects, on every conceivable scale, overlapping and intersecting in any way we could imagine, and possibly many that we can’t.”

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~ by rechelon on June 3, 2008.

3 Responses to “Fragments Of An Anarchist Anthropology”

  1. say, how come you have a copy of my book here with a cover I’ve never seen before? That’s odd.

  2. I think it was here first:

  3. I can not say that I can agree wholesale with all of what is presented inside.

    Most notably the opposition to wage labor. It being the renting out of ones self (which assumes there is something wrong with that in the first place) and as a form of slavery. I more or less see wage labor as natural and beneficial when chosen. But I can see coercive elements that make it much more pervasive and universal than I believe it would otherwise be in a society that was truly free, in a free market. Much related is my quibble with the assumptions of the work week and the supposed benefit of a forced time of work per week in Europe. The definition of capitalism also seems (as usual) to be vague, but I cannot fault only the author for that as the term seems to be so vague and under contention everywhere.

    But my disagreements and the like aside, it was a good read and I would recommend this to anyone. Thank you for hosting this.

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