David Graeber – Delivers a talk on ‘indigenous’ peoples.

LSE Terra Society was pleased to present David Graeber, who discussed some of the ideas set out in ‘Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology’ as part of Indigenous Genius week at the London School of Economics.

Whilst Indigenous cultures are often labelled ‘pre-capitalist’ and ‘pre-state’ in popular understandings, we hope to explore how these societies, rather than representing an earlier stage of an inevitable progression, actively work to stop these forms from emerging.

We feel this offers an example of what we can learn from indigenous societies, and supports the case for valuing different epistemologies and therefore making provisions for them to exist, rather than assuming that everyone would, and should, rather join our capitalist state model of existence; particularly at a point when this model is proving so destructive.