This class will discuss some theories of debt. We will read recent texts that treat the creditor/debtor relationship as vital to social systems. The concept of Debt will be explored in historical, ethical, economic, and political contexts, including how it effects people today.
The class will include selections from: David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years, Maurizio Lazzarato's The Makings of the Indebted Man, Christian Marazzi's The Violence of Financial Capitalism; the works of some economists such as Michael Hudson (The Bubble and Beyond), Steve Keen (Debunking Economics, Real World Economics Review blog), and Ellen Brown (Web of Debt, The Public Bank Solution); plus other essays and studies as they surface. Participants are encouraged to bring related materials that link up with the concept of debt to add to the reading list.
The class has been meeting biweekly for the majority of 2013 and is continuing on into 2014. Join the discussion and Strike Debt!