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Taking a very long view on the debt crisis

Graeber, David (2011) Taking a very long view on the debt crisis. Political Bookworm (21 Jul 2011). Website.

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About this blog: With all the bickering over the nation’s debt and how to manage it, one can easily lose sight of the big picture. The bickering feels so immediate – so much in the present tense – and the crisis seems so urgent that few people stop to consider the long history of the issue – and that doesn’t mean the deficit under President Clinton or President Carter. One person with a different perspective is David Graeber who takes the long view in his book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years,” published this month by Melville House. Graeber, an anthropologist at the University of London, reminds us that for thousands of years the battle between the rich and the poor has often expressed itself in a conflict between creditors and debtors. The history of debt, he says, is also a history of morality and culture.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2011 The Washington Post Company
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 11:32
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 23:22

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