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Evolver Network Now on YouTube: ‘New Edge of Radical Economics’

Our Friends at Reality Sandwich/Evolver have launched a YouTube channel to share all of their video content. Suscribe here:

Via Reality Sandwich:

“Our first video features the full video from “The New Edge of Radical Economics,” an Evolver network event with David Graeber, Occupy Wall Street activist and author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years, and Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, moderated by RS’s own Daniel Pinchbeck. Graeber and Eisenstein tackle the loaded question: What is money? They aptly compare money to magic, and explore the notion that money works because we all believe in it. You can watch it on our YouTube page, or check it out below.”

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On The Validity Of Alienation

David Graeber, expert on anarchy, debt, and history, explains your feelings. Via Tower Of Sleep:

The idea that alienation is a bad thing is a modernist problem. Most philosophical movements—and, by extension, social movements—actually embrace alienation. You’re trying to achieve a state of alienation. That’s the ideal if you’re a Buddhist or an early Christian, for example; alienation is a sign that you understand something about the reality of the world.

So perhaps what’s new with modernity is that people feel they shouldn’t be alienated. Colin Campbell wrote a book called The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism, in which he argued that modernity has introduced a genuinely new form of hedonism. Hedonism is no longer just getting the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll or whatever but it’s become a matter of selling new fantasies so that you’re always imagining the thing you want. The object of desire is just an excuse, a pretext, and that’s why you’re always disappointed when you get it.

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