David Graeber

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Self-described anarchist anthropologist who had a very good idea, wrote a short article in Strike! magazine about it that went viral and then turned it into a slightly disappointing book called Bullshit Jobs: A Theory.

Has written two much better books: Debt: The First 5,000 Years and The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

Rest in peace

David Graeber died unexpectedly in Venice in 2020. The JC doesn’t subscribe to Graeber’s total theory and certainly not to his general political outlook but still lauds the spot-on insight that propels Bullshit Jobs: A Theory all the same, and the brio with which Mr. Graeber articulated it. The world is a less interesting place without him in it.

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