Gn?sis Tou Homoiou T?i Homoi?i

Graeber - Direct ActionDirect Action: An Ethnography, anarchist scholar David Graeber’s long-awaited 600-page sociological/anthropological study of the anti-globalisation protest movement, is now available from AK Press.

He says it’ll also be available from Amazon in a couple of days.


11 Responses to Gn?sis Tou Homoiou T?i Homoi?i

  1. Josh August 13, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    I didn’t even know about this! It looks amazing. What do you think about his take on markets/wage labor (which I guess is a pretty standard social-anarchist take)? I think he assumes a bit too much; why not take on the experiments of Josiah Warren??

    • Roderick August 13, 2009 at 11:39 am #

      What do you think about his take on markets/wage labor

      Yeah, I have no objection to wage labour per se; I think what makes wage labour objectionable is the (state-imposed) absence of viable alternatives, and if given such alternatives people still found it convenient (as many surely would) to work for wages, no prob. (Of course the presence of alternatives would force wage-labour working conditions to be a lot nicer than they are now.)

      Part of being a left-libertarian is that one is always fighting a battle on two fronts — against the “pro-capitalist” assumptions of one’s rightward allies, and against the “anti-capitalist” assumptions of one’s leftward allies.

      But despite various disagreements with Graeber, I always find him eminently worth reading.

      • Micha Ghertner August 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

        On a slightly off-topic note, Douglas Rushkoff has a new essay up on titled: “Economics Is Not a Natural Science“.

        Though much of it is confused, his main points of contention are centralized currencies, chartered monopolies, and (implicitly) IP laws. Unfortunately, he conflates these aberrations of state capitalism with the market tout court.

      • Josh August 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

        Well said!

  2. william August 13, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    Didn’t realize the release was so imminent! Thank you Roderick.

    That is quite possibly the sexiest book cover I’ve seen this year.

    also for anyone who hasn’t already read it.

    • Roderick August 13, 2009 at 11:40 am #

      The cover is truly cool, yes.

    • Black Bloke August 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

      I’m surprised no one wrote a reply to Graeber’s question on the site.

      • william August 15, 2009 at 9:02 am #

        equi did in the comments. Graeber was just being forgetful in that instance, I cleared the edition with him almost a year before in a more social anarchist context (whereupon he saw that FoaAA’s working cover) and he asked if, in addition to the monograph we could publish a collection of his shorter articles — whereupon, after sending us a preliminary lot, he trailed off and never finished the rest of what he implied was coming.

  3. Roderick August 13, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Graeber’s book has gone from not being listed at all on Amazon (yesterday) to being listed with a Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available notice (today). We’ll see what the morrow brings.

  4. Shawn P. Wilbur August 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    Ordering from Amazon, when the publisher has them in stock seems roundabout, particularly as AK could really use the retail-level support to keep going.

    • Roderick August 14, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

      But don’t you know roundabout methods are more efficient? 🙂

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