David Graeber Quotes

Who is David Graeber?

David Rolfe Graeber is an American anthropologist and anarchist activist known for the book 'Debt' and for coining the term Bullshit Jobs.

Born February 12, 1961

Books by David Graeber

Best 6 Quotes by David Graeber

“Anarchism and anthropology go well together because anthropologists know that a society without a state is possible because so many exist.”

“Anarchism is surprisingly effective in solving actual problems largely because anarchists have thought a lot about solving actual problems on a micro level in ways that other political ideologies don't really feel they have to until after they seize state power.”

Bullshit Jobs Quotes

“Shit jobs tend to be blue collar and pay by the hour, whereas bullsh*t jobs tend to be white collar and salaried.”

Bullshit Jobs

Debt Quotes

“Debt is the most effective way to take a relation of violent subordination and make the victims feel that it's their fault.”


“Student loans are destroying the imagination of youth. If there’s a way of a society committing mass suicide, what better way than to take all the youngest, most energetic, creative, joyous people in your society and saddle them with, like $50,000 of debt so they have to be slaves? There goes your music. There goes your culture. There goes everything new that would pop out. And in a way, this is what’s happened to our society. We’re a society that has lost any ability to incorporate the interesting, creative and eccentric people.”


On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs Quotes

“There seems a general rule that, the more obviously one’s work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it.”

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs

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