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Ideological Fanaticism dressed up as Scholarship
am 22. September 2012
David Graeber is an anarchist and a reader in social anthropology at Goldsmiths College in London, Yale declined to provide him tenure. It quickly becomes apparent that Graeber would be more at home writing about bi-pedalism and magic rituals in Madagascar than about the history of debt. His insufficient training in legal, financial or historiographical matters makes his book read more like one long political activists' pamphlet that is so biased and ignorant that one has to wonder why it was published at all. The reason becomes clear however after Graeber portrays himself as someone who has all the answers, lecturing a lawyer no less about the world financial system at considerable length in his introduction. Graeber then claims an ignorant drunk banker joined the conversation and Graeber non-chalantly accuses him of promiscuity. I am not joking, this is about the level of this book. I literally cringed reading the introduction. This book is basically one long propaganda piece, anti-bankers, in favour of the occupy wall street movement and those groups who want to just write-off third world debt across the board. So if you are looking for anachist, anti-capitalism babble then you will enjoy this book. However, if you want a dispassionate, balanced history of debt you are best to ignore this long anarchist pamphlet.
I have never returned a book in my life, but I think that is about to change.