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David Graeber replied to Keith Hart's discussion New OAC online seminar Emancipatory Politics - A Critique (open-ended)
"I can think of two interesting points to raise here 1) the relation of tactics and democracy.      Often when discussing revolutionary tactics, violence or non-violence, but particularly the form and degree of militancy, people focus…"
Nov 29, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Why has Google Books got so rotten? When I was researching Debt, they'd give you 90% of the book. Now you're lucky if you get one chapter. Fuckers. It makes it so much harder to do research. I'll have to track down the actual essay…"
Apr 21, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Oh no it was someone else who used the phrase "indigenous separatist.""
Apr 21, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Sounds like you have your work cut out for you! Like what you have so far. I agree these terms are in unresolvable dialectical tension. My only hesitation would at giving too much agency to "the Shilluk" as a whole, rather than various…"
Apr 21, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"I do, but I'm defining "the people" in a rather circular fashion as that notion of commonality created by such sovereign power. Hence, the Nuer or Dinka, for example, saw themselves as a group, but not as "the people" in…"
Apr 21, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"It took all sorts of forms! I mean, maybe we should be asking ourselves why we find it so hard to imagine any social system that isn't based on a centralised monopoly of violence. It's a little like the notion of "gift economy,"…"
Apr 20, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Two brief responses    * about Norway - well, I've talked to Swedish anarchists, and the line they take to me is that almost none of the institutions we think of as typical of the welfare state were actually created by the state, but…"
Apr 20, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Actually this is not what I argue at all. The Shilluk are a Nilotic people closely related to the Nuer and Dinka. In the standard shorthand understanding that emerged from Evans-Pritchard's time, the Dinka were the generic Nilotics, the Nuer…"
Apr 18, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
Apr 18, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"    It had not occurred to me anyone would take this as implying inaction. Actually I consider it not an investigation into the nature of the state at all, but as I say, of sovereignty. The power held by emperors and kings, which is one…"
Apr 18, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
Apr 18, 2015
David Graeber replied to Lee Drummond's discussion Welcome to an Informal Seminar on David Graeber’s HAU essay, “The Divine Kingship of the Shilluk: On Violence, Utopia, and the Human Condition, or, Elements for an Archaeology of Sovereignty.”
"Hi all, since I've been encouraged to add correctives, let me start out with one minor one: 1. Data collection: As explicitly stated, hardly any actual anthropological fieldwork was ever conducted among the Shilluk. The presented data,…"
Apr 18, 2015
David Graeber replied to Erin B. Taylor's discussion Producing academic scholarship: If universities are failing, where else do we go? in the group The Anthropology of Anthropology
"   Sorry to come to this conversation late, but I have been rather overwhelmed with my (ultimately quixotic) efforts to try to juggle being an activist (at least a little), professional author, and full-time academic all at the same time.…"
Dec 3, 2012
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Dec 3, 2012
David Graeber replied to Keith Hart's discussion Online Seminar 23 November - 4 December: David Graeber On the moral grounds of economic relations
"Thanks, Adam, and I appreciate your reflections on time and agree it's critical. I would add that there is a difference between treating someone a certain way because you actually will have ongoing relations, and treating them "as if"…"
Dec 3, 2010
David Graeber replied to Keith Hart's discussion Online Seminar 23 November - 4 December: David Graeber On the moral grounds of economic relations
"my pleasure! okay off to the LSE occupation. Then Goldsmiths. Then Slade..."
Dec 3, 2010

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At 2:53am on November 12, 2010, Justin Shaffner said…
Welcome back to the OAC, David! I hope you are well.
 
 
 

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