Halfway in Debt

An update for those of you who still occassionally look at this blog - I am reading the Graeber tome (speaking of being late to the party).  No time to blog*, and yet I can find time to wade through a pound and a half of anthropology, history and anarchist ranting.  Well, in teh words of someone who's already neatly summed up teh situation and then moved on to something after goatse, I blame Twitter.

I'm on Chapter 6 which is halfway to teh Controversial Chapter of Bombing and Doom.  Maybe it's confirmation bias, but things are looking pretty bad (at least from my perspective) for teh Graeber h8rs.  d00d may have been a complete ass and jerk - and it's not like Henry Farrell is dum or what (that guy's whipcrack sharp).  But unless Chapter 12 breaks out Fluoridation is an Ebil Conspiracy, it's looking bad for teh CT crowd.  Especially bad because despite teh ridiculously offensive "a Reply" that Graeber crapped out, I totally see where he was coming from.  Teh childish SAT/GRE insults are totally about turning teh "de-legitimization" argument around on its head to show how ridiculous it is.  And despite Gabriel Rossman's very helpful and productive responses in teh Thread of teh Unpleasantness, it is very hard to see how Graeber wasn't justified in lashing out***.  That is, unless you value convivial non-shrill pleasantries over substance in arguments.

Anyways, I should have moar to report when I finally get to Chapter Graeber's Full of Shit Despite all teh Nodding and Agreeing I've Been Doing for the Past Three Hundred Pages.  And depending on when Rathian Plate drops for a hammer user, it could be any day now.

* Everyone has their excuses.  Too busy with work, or fambly, or whatnot.  I gots nothing other than pure carp laziness.  Heck, I've only just cleared Rathian** and Monster Hunter Tri will have been out for two years on Friday.  I can't even keep current with dicking off!

** Barroth is a cheap bastard and can suck my hammer.  Fuck you Barroth.

*** Although in the context he was replying in, a more artful response would have been moar effective and knowing your audience is something that's considered a good thing in a writer.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

****** Good that you're doing my reading for me, I'm too busy taking butterfly pics.

Substance McGravitas said...

The thing about the rest of the book is that he does a lot of cool research and the things he says that seem somewhat outlandish are actually kinda hard to refute. But Chapter 12 is about now, and the history and research of now is kind of iffy. So I'm with Graeber in sentiment, but US influence in particular is way more complicated and less intentional than a guy with a weapon telling you what's what.

It's like having someone tell you what The Reason for the Iraq war was. There wasn't one; there were a whole bunch of different actors across the globe who saw reasons to do it - including completely irrational reasons around fear and religion - and all came together in one lovely shitstorm.

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

Don't want to spoiler too much, but Graeber never actually makes the Bombs or T-bills argument. A couple things to consider are: 1 Chapter 12 starts with 1971 and 2 it's chapter 12. As in there are 11 related chapters that precede it.

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