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Anthropologist & Occupy Wall Street Activist David Graeber, 59, Dies

HeadlineSep 04, 2020

The acclaimed anthropologist, author and anarchist David Graeber has died at the age of 59. His influential book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years” made the case for sweeping debt cancellation. He helped organize the initial Occupy Wall Street protest and was credited with helping to coin the phrase “We are the 99%.” In 2011, he spoke on Democracy Now! two days after the Occupy encampment began.

David Graeber: “People have to, like, go into their public squares, meet each other, start talking to each other, and start brainstorming of ideas. I mean, essentially, the idea is the system is not going to save us; we’re going to have to save ourselves. So, we’re going to try to get as many people as possible to camp in some public place and start rebuilding society as we’d like to see it.”

David Graeber once wrote, “The ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently.”

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