Vet’s son organizes Wall Street protests

September 20, 2011

Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now features an interview with anthropologist David Graeber, son of Lincoln vet Kenneth Graeber, about the “Occupy Wall Street” campaign. “Occupy Wall Street,” finds it inspiration, among other things, in the recent mobilization of Spanish indignados:

As President Obama prepares to outline a deficit-reduction plan that includes tax increases, as well as cuts to programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, anthropologist David Graeber proposes a radical solution: cancel the debt of the nation’s poor. “Debts between the very wealthy or between governments can always be renegotiated and always have been throughout world history. They’re not anything set in stone,” says Graeber, author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” “It’s, generally speaking, when you have debts owed by the poor to the rich that suddenly debts become a sacred obligation, more important than anything else. The idea of renegotiating them becomes unthinkable.”

More on the indignados movement from ALBA’s J.D. Fernández, here. See the whole interview with David here.