David Graeber on Why the Gift Economy and the Commons Are Always Already Present

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= this really interesting presentation focuses on the different approaches of Marx and Marcel Mauss

Video via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcK7rkajHKE&

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"Mauss showed that, instead of stages of history being based on opposed principles, everything exists at once: gifts, commodities, patronage, exploitation. It is a question of emphasis and articulation. Now even Marxists accept this idea. See the Italian autonomist notion (Negri) that we are already living in communism, that capitalism increasingly exploits its opposite, etc."

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  1. David Graeber