Making Contact

Why We Owe: David Graeber on the Origins of Debt

From unpaid bills to entire governments facing bankruptcy, debt is never far from our minds or the news. It’s deeply embedded in our lives: our language, culture, even major religions. It’s also at the heart of many of our most pressing political debates. But have you ever thought about where debt comes from? On this edition of Making Contact we hear from Anthropologist David Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” Graeber traces the history of debt and asks what might we learn from how societies in the past dealt with it. His 2011 talk was recorded by Allan Campbell, producer of People United at KOOP radio, in Austin Texas and featured on Bread and Roses Radio.

Featuring: David Graeber, anthropologist and author of  “Debt: The First 5000 Years”

Host: George Lavender
Producers: Jasmin Lopez, Laura Flynn, and Andrew Stelzer
Storytelling Fellows: Al Sasser and Ivan Rodriguez
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth
Music: Hellenica- Night Creeper

More information:

David Graeber on Twitter

The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay

David Graeber Talks on Debt 5000 Years (Bread and Roses Radio)

Bread and Roses

The (Perceived) Tragedy of Greece

Jacobin:Debt: The First 5,000 Years

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