David Graeber, a founder of Occupy Wall Street, dies at 59

And they say you can’t create something worthwhile by committee!”

Activist and anthropologist David Greaber speaks in Vienna in 2012. “Then two Spanish indignados and a Greek anarchist added the ‘we’ and later a food-not-bombs veteran put the `are’ between them. A professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics, Graeber studied anarchism and anti-capitalist movements, and challenged the world to consider the plight of the Kurds in the Middle East. His agent, Melissa Flashman, on Thursday announced his death.Graeber authored many books skewering aspects of modern society, including “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” He is perhaps best known for his role in the Occupy Wall Street movement, a grassroots response to the 2008 financial crisis that highlighted the domination of the economy by the richest 1% of the population. “I did first suggest that we call ourselves ‘the 99%,'” he wrote. Tributes poured out across social media from fellow academics, former politicians and publishers. David Graeber, anthropologist and architect of Occupy Wall Street, dies at 59

September 3, 2020 / 3:38 PM
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Anthropologist David Graeber, who worked on the initial stages of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has died in Venice at 59, his agent said. Trending News

David Graeber, a founder of Occupy Wall Street, dies at 59

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“He was monstrously original,” essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote. For example:https://t.co/R7zStRDFsl pic.twitter.com/bGIa6e8JFE— CrimethInc. Flickr / Internaz

Born in New York, Graeber taught at Yale University before moving on to Goldsmiths, the University of London and finally the London School of Economics. (@crimethinc) September 3, 2020

First published on September 3, 2020 / 3:38 PM David GraeberHe was a real intellectual; very real: not one fake cell in his brain, not one fake bone in his body.He thought independently.He was monstrouly original.He had intellectual courage.The world seems much much smaller today than before Sep 2.David, RIP— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) September 3, 2020

The anarchist collective CrimethInc called him “a brilliant and wide-ranging thinker and an indomitable anarchist who saw freedom even in the workings of electrons.”
It breaks our hearts to report the passing of our friend and comrade David Graeber, a brilliant and wide-ranging thinker and an indomitable anarchist who saw freedom even in the workings of electrons.Please read something he wrote today. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

While Graeber is often credited with the slogan “We are the 99%,” he said on his website it was a communal effort.