(d.graeber AT gold.ac.uk) undertook his original research in the relations between former nobles and former slaves in a rural community in Madagascar; it was about magic as a tool of politics, about the nature of power, character, and the meaning of history. He has recently completed a research project on social movements dedicated to principles of direct democracy and has written widely on the relation between anthropology and anarchism. He is currently working on a project about the history of debt.
Throughout history, institutions have existed to control the potentially catastrophic social consequences of debt. It is only in the current era that we have begun to see the creation of the first planetary administrative system to protect the interests of creditors. [Ukrainian version added] [more]