Guernica Magazine has a great interview with David Graeber, anarchist and activist, and a highly intelligent individual. He and Rebecca Solnit discuss anarchism, the occupy movement, Graebers book: Debt: The first 5000 years and a number of other things.
Here is most of the introduction given to Graeber by Solnit:
David Graeber—someone I just find extraordinarily original and refreshing and really brilliant, partly because he’s articulating from an anarchist point of view things that don’t get discussed a lot. And maybe from an anthropological point of view—there’s a wonderful sense, I think, of anthropology as estranged from other areas. Let’s look at your curious customs, which we used to do to the other and now anthropologists can do to ourselves as well. And it’s very much what happens in Debt: he looks at medieval Chinese Buddhist monk debt, the origins of money in Mesopotamia, and everything from Ernest Thompson Seton’s bad childhood. It ends up giving us incredibly powerful tools to think about who we are and what we’re doing now in our global, national, and personal relations.
One of the funny things about the Occupy movement is that people really want individuals and leaders, and David got saddled with the task of being one. So it’s been very exciting—one of the things that Occupy has done, “End Debt,” has made David very visible. He was not so visible; Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology was the first book of his that I came across. If you’re like me and you feel like you should never not have a book with you, and you’re not always ready to carry Debt, make sure you have Fragments with you, which is as fresh and original and as exciting and eye-opening in its analysis