David Graeber in Portland ~ talk: “Debt: The First 5000 Years” [Tu, Jan 24]

From Reading Frenzy.

Debt: The First 5000 Years
A reading & signing with
David Graeber

Alberta Rose Theater 3000 NE Alberta St.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th, 7PM: Reading Frenzy is thrilled to present one of the instigators behind Occupy Wall Street, anthropologist, author, anarchist and activist, David Graeber at Alberta Rose Theater! Tickets are available in person at Reading Frenzy for $6 (including ticketing fee) or online through Alberta Rose Theater for $7.50 (including ticketing fee).

In Debt: The First 5000 Years, anthropologist Davi d Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom on the history of debt. He shows that 5,000 years ago, during the beginning of the agrarian empires, humans used elaborate credit systems. It is in this era, Graeber shows, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

With the passage of time, however, virtual credit money was replaced by gold and silver coins — and the system as a whole began to decline. Interest rates spiked and the indebted became slaves. And the system perpetuated itself with tremendously violent consequences, with only the rare intervention of kings and churches keeping the system from spiraling out of control. Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history — as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.

David Graeber teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the author of Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value, Lost People, and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. He has written for Harper’s, The Nation, Mute, and The New Left Review. He was one of the key instigators of Occupy Wall Street.

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