Reading David Graeber again now that he has passed brought a tear to my eye because it is so evident how much anger and, yes, perhaps this: grief about the state of the world everything he wrote carried and continues to carry


"It does often seem that, whenever there is a choice between one option that makes capitalism seem the only possible economic system, and another that would actually make capitalism a more viable economic system, neoliberalism means always choosing the former. The combined result is a relentless campaign against the human imagination. Or, to be more precise: imagination, desire, individual creativity, all those things that were to be liberated in the last great world revolution, were to be contained strictly in the domain of consumerism, or perhaps in the virtual realities of the Internet. In all other realms they were to be strictly banished. We are talking about the murdering of dreams, the imposition of an apparatus of hopelessness, designed to squelch any sense of an alternative future. Yet as a result of putting virtually all their efforts in one political basket, we are left in the bizarre situation of watching the capitalist system crumbling before our very eyes, at just the moment everyone had finally concluded no other system would be possible."

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@anarchiv One of my biggest difficulties these days is getting my communtiy members to recognize the ways in which they've been trained to do this.

One insidious way is how they will require loooong conversations sussing out every risk possible about gardening - from the legality of guerrilla gardening to the feasibility of whether you can sustain yourself on gardening to the specifics of whether they'll have enough light and water for specific plants they want...

And they see it as like, rational, reasonable, progress toward enacting these goals.

And I see it as basically playing a football match with the idea until you've kicked it bloody and you're all tired: I see it just like what Graeber does here, a participation in the crushing of imagination.



@anarchiv Coming back to this I think part of why it's so hard is that people tend to think they're very clever for being able to reckon out a thousand questions to ask about whether they should do something - look, they're being so smart, thinking about the global water supply while they're considering planting two tomato plants! - but... is it really a useful sort of clever?

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