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 Read by Robin Upton
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Anthropologist David Graeber takes a long view of debt, observing 5000 year of historical cycles, as interest bearing debt slowly reduces a large fraction of the populace to slavery, at which point the rich forgive the debts (jubilee) and/or an uprising destroys the social order by force. Graeber challenges a lot of sacred cows of economists, such as the idea that money evolved from barter or that markets somehow spontaneously arise independent of states.

Highly recommended reading for anyone involved in creating new money systems or organising movements of debt resistance.

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18:08:18 English 2012-11-05,_The_First_5000_Years
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On The Experience of Moral Confusion  00:52:15  64Kbps mp3
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The Myth of Barter  00:53:25  64Kbps mp3
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Primordial Debts  01:24:47  64Kbps mp3
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Cruelty and Redemption  00:43:11  64Kbps mp3
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A Brief Treatise on the Moral Grounds of Economic Relations  01:46:26  64Kbps mp3
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Games with Sex and Death  01:43:03  64Kbps mp3
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Honor & Degradation, or, On the Foundations of Contemporary Civilization  02:13:38  64Kbps mp3
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Credit Versus Bullion, And the Cycles of History  00:27:43  64Kbps mp3
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The Axial Age (800 BC-600 AD)  01:22:43  64Kbps mp3
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10  The Middle Ages (600 AD-1450 AD)  02:37:15  64Kbps mp3
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11  Age of the Great Capitalist Empires (1450-1971)  02:35:15  64Kbps mp3
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12  The Beginning of Something Yet to Be Determined (1971-...)  01:28:37  64Kbps mp3
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