Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination (Paperback)
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Short Description for Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist for the simple reason that it's impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet. Yet faced with this prospect, the knee-jerk reaction is o...
- Published: 10 May 2012
- Format: Paperback 122 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781570272431 ISBN 10: 1570272433
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Reviews for Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination
David Graeber is becoming somewhat of a big name within academic-activist circles, and his book Debt: The First 5,000 Years is being widely read and discussed. With his history in the alternative-globalisation movement-of-movements, and his recent involvement in Occupy, Graeber is justifiably seen as a someone who both walks-the-walk and talks-the-talk.
I was excited about reading this collection of essays - having recently read two thought provoking pieces he published in The Baffler journal.
This collection was, sadly, a real disappointment. Graeber makes lots of grand statements but tends to shy from providing any corroborating evidence for them. If anarchists were the leading force of all revolutionary movements in the early twentieth century as he claims - then I would love to know where to go for further reading on this subject (as I have never heard this before, despite reading a lot on this subject).
Graeber also has a tendency to make wide-ranging blanket statements about people who hold different ideological view-points from him. He frequently makes statements writing off 'Marxists' or 'Old Marxists' without acceding the wide range of positions that can be assumed within the Marxist tradition (many of which have fruitful overlaps with 'anarchist' positions). It seems he is less interested in developing a forward moving discussion with possible collaborators and is, instead, wanting to continue the tired old conflicts between Marxists and Anarchists that so many of us now realise to be a waste of time and energy.
Another fault of this book is that it is poorly produced. Almost every page has typographical errors - the common problem being missing words in sentences. These errors are so frequent I began to wonder if it was a deliberate stylistic choice?
I ordered Graeber's Democracy Project at the same time as this collection of essays, hopefully that will be a better read. by Dylan Taylor