David Graeber is not only one of the most important living thinkers, but also one of the most influential. However, he is one of the very few “engaged” intellectuals who has a proven track record of effective militancy on a world scale. It is possible that no one has had such an “impact” on the international left as he has.
Graeber is perhaps the living intellectual who has offered up the most credible paths for exiting capitalism— as much through his greater concepts of debt, beurocracy, or “bullshit jobs” as through his crucial involvement in the Occupy Wall Street movement, which led to his more-or-less involuntary exile. In short, when we proposed doing a book of interviews with him and Assia Turquier-Zauberman, we were not only soliciting a first-rate intellectual, but a veritable modern hero on the order of Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Linus Torvald, Aaron Swartz, and Elon Musk.
Having claimed to be an anarchist from the first, we wanted to ask Graeber not only about the history of anarchy, but also about its contemporary relevance and future. We also wanted to explore the ties between anthropology and anarchism, and the traces of its “DNA” in the Occupy Wall Street and Yellow Vest movements. Finally, we wanted to ask him about the meaning of anarchist ethics— not only in their political scope, but also in terms of art, love, sexuality, etc.
With astonishing humor, verve, and erudition, this book contributes to the redefnining of the contours of what could be (in the words of Kropotkine) “anarchist morality” today.