David Graeber: A Celebration of His Life

David Graeber: A Celebration of His Life

David Graeber’s life and work leaves an indelible mark on thinkers and activists from London through New York, from Rojava to Quebec. To celebrate his life and work Novara Media are hosting a live stream with academics, activists, and politicians who have been influenced by, and who were an influence on, his intellectual endeavours and activist pursuits.

With:

Molly Crabapple
John McDonnell
David Wengrow
Dani Ellis
Debbie Bookchin
Aaron Bastani
Grace Blakeley
Alpa Shah
Jeremy Corbyn

Hosted by Ash Sarkar

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49 thoughts on “David Graeber: A Celebration of His Life

    1. He’s been the most radical yet most accessible academic for me. Not many intellectuals have influenced me like he has. Ivory tower is the last place he would want to be. There’re are academics and intellectuals who’ve never been able to breach their own academic boundaries to reach a wider audience. I’ll forever miss this intellectual guru, but a friendly guiding light who’s profoundly influenced how i see the world. My words are not even doing justice to what david was. But my humble tribute to him.

    2. I read Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology in college and it really opened my eyes to the general idea that nothing about our social structures is carved in stone and there is always the possibility of organizing our lives in a way that is more just and equal. Thank you David, you will be missed dearly!

    3. I think David Graeber was one of the great polemical anti-authoritarian original thinkers, of a piece with another great who passed far too early, Christopher Hitchens although they came at their subjects from different directions. For me, David Graeber was one of the foremost anti-establishment economic thinkers along with Michael Hudson, Mark Blyth, Richard D Wolff, Mark Blyth, Richard Werner, and others. I am absolutely shocked to know that he is no longer with us. Thanks for this memorial.

    4. Didn’t know Graeber until current Jimmy Dore UTube clip of David that hit the political nail on head for me. Sad, sad no longer here, but looking fwd to reading/watching him.

  1. Sadly only discovered David after his death. I have listened to his talks on “Where Did the Future Go” and “Debt, service, and the origins of capitalism”. Loved them both and have just bought 2 of his books. A great teacher with a lasting legacy.

    1. timewiz
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

    1. It was great to see him sincerely talking about and having an understanding of anarchism that doesn’t simply repeat the normal reactionary cliches.

  2. Bullshit Jobs was an absolute opus. In this and other works, Graeber managed to articulate latent disillusions that I never knew I had but when pointing out the absurdities of society and power structures there was always a life-affirming optimism in the potentiality of our species.

    1. Fin Simpkins
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

    1. Laura
      Thanks Laura, I don’t have Twitter account. Is it possible please to tell me here what was the result?
      Love 🌹

    2. @Narges Segran
      Clinical Reports
      from two months abdominal pain with weight loss 8 kg yesterday severe stabbing pain followed by hemorrhagic shock
      Diagnosis
      pervasive intraperitoneal hemorrhage due to erosion of visceral vascular structure in patient with acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis
      bilateral pleural effusion with moderate pericardial fluid effusion
      acute pulmonary edema in right side.  Emphesemytous areas of the upper lung lobes
      slight myocardial hypertrophy in the left ventricle
      steotatic liver with hemangiomas in the left lobe
      slight dilation caused by aneurysm in the celiac tripod with no signs of rupture
      (per @nikadubrovsky on Twitter)
      **hopefully i copied correctly

    1. Corbyn is a great person and politician, he failed to see the destructive importance of Brexit though. To not make staying in the EU the most urgent left wing issue, instead accepting the right wing setting that it could be a trans-ideological issue, was his greatest mistake imo.

  3. A very moving, very powerful tribute.

    I discovered David’s work and character through Novara through the election run up. He made people feel that they mattered and that there is another possible future, one that he was doing everything in his power to bring about by living it and sharing it.

  4. Graeber’s impact on me was one of relief. I was relieved to read his work and learn that someone was finally reintroducing into people’s minds and ideas the value of anthropology, which can help people see that their individual lives and their particular societies aren’t the only ways people do and have done things, that humans have lived a vast array of ways over vast spans of time and that our society isn’t the logical culmination of human history. As Molly Crabapple says here about reading “Debt” and learning from its pages that her lack of “success” within her own life was not her individual fault but something societal, anthropology and the history that is a part of it can really be enlightening and mentally freeing. Activist Pauli Murray once wrote that taking an anthropology class in college was world-changing for her, as it introduced her to not only her own ancestors’ cultures but also to the fact that humanity is possessed of an array of cultural possibilities and ours is only one possibility among many that have existed and do exist. Graeber revived that kind of knowledge among today’s society and it was a great relief to read him.

    1. colibri1
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

  5. His books, attitude and warmth gave me hope he was like a real life Gandalf wielding narya inspiring others (myself included) to resist tyranny, domination and despair.

    1. MrSuchy1972
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

  6. Discovered David Graeber’s writing when I participated in the University of Cumbria’s MOOC Money and Society. Debt the First 5000 Years became one of my favourite books. David was clearly brilliant in so many ways. Thx for the tribute. Now more than ever we need to discuss David’s work.

    1. Sandra Walters
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

  7. I think I knew David longer than most…since we were teenagers. His life and legacy will continue, and his work will continue. I agree with Jeremy Corbin that his being taken at such a young age is a tragedy that cannot be put into words.

    1. Curtis Anderson Gayle
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

    2. That is really amazing and I totally agree with you. His legacy will continue within the people who really believed in his work and the duties the people need to embody.

  8. I can’t really speak of any impact of Greaber on me as I didn’t know him and I haven’t read any of his work I’m sorry to say. But if like you say, Novara Media owes a huge gratitude to him – then I guess I feel blessed (if second or third hand :P) as you guys have at moments recreated that feeling of discovering the speed of light emerging from Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetism. And in the very same way Graeber is described as an optimist, I have found my cynicism kept in check by Novara Media skills.

  9. This has been an incredible tribute to a rather impressive human being, thank you Ash marvellous job hoasting this a very fitting tribute.

    1. Dam Brooks
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

    2. @Narges Segran the reason for some of that silence from the western left is often not knowing; I have one friend from Pakistan and that is it, so Waleed has an awful lot of ground to cover to share news from the Middle East to tell me of the region’s news. Beyond that it is a case of communications with people here in London, reading translated newspapers or anything that makes the nationals; of course with authoritarian government that in the last week has banned schools from buying books if they are printed by, or in anyway discuss the positives of anti-capitalism, they have also taken off air a show that has run for 59 seasons, a satirical show that mocks the weeks news called Have I Got News For You, with such dictatorial moves blatantly happen by the Government here in the UK it is hard to fight our own battles as people are being taken.

    3. Dam Brooks
      I think solidarity to other progressive people should be our priority and at the time of corrupt media empire, “Knowledge Revolution “ is the key to overcome capitalism and dictatorship!!

      Love and unity 🔥🌹✌️

    1. Tellurian Wanderings
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

  10. David’s work changed my life when I read Debt, and then Bullshit jobs. I’ve got the Utopia of Rules on my shelf that I have yet to read. I watched him speak for many hours on youtube. When he passed I felt like I lost a friend. I tweeted him that I finished reading debt and he responded to me!!!!!! I miss you David. Shine on you crazy diamond.

    1. archivist17
      One very important question is missing regarding the “”sudden death”” of this great icon !!
      His death was very suspicious and we still don’t know what was the reason???

      I loved him so much for his wonderful work, specially during the “”Occupy Movement “” !,

      He was also a great supporter of “”Rojava Revolution “” 🔥🌹

      I am from Middle East and I believe the biggest enemy of our region is “Religion” and in the top of that Islam and criminals like Islamic regime of Iran who is excecuting so many of our brave “”Anarchists”” and Western leftists are shamefully totally silent about it and they have left us alone!!

      I loved David so much for his great work for us !! 🌹🌹✌️✌️

    1. nothing to cry about, David was brilliant and he made huge contributions to society (worldwide and especially in the uk & usa).
      Cry when the average person dies when they don’t fulfill their potential

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