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7327Check this interview with "anthropologist" David Graeber

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  • Ann Bragdon
    Jul 1, 2011

      Hundreds of Thousands of Greek and British Workers Stage Strikes As
      Governments Push Austerity Cuts

      More than 750,000 British public sector workers staged a 24-hour
      strike Thursday in a stand-off with the government�s plans to reform
      public sector pensions. The reforms come as the government tries to
      trim its deficit and would require public workers to work longer, pay
      more toward their pension and receive less upon retirement. Meanwhile
      in Greece, thousands of workers staged a 48-hour strike and many took
      to the streets after the Greek Parliament approved a raft of austerity
      measures that include spending cuts, tax increases and privatizations
      as a condition for a massive bailout to avert the Eurozone�s first
      default. �There is a common theme to the protests that are taking
      place across Europe, and that is not just the public sector workers
      defending their pension rights, but also a generation of young people
      for whom quite a stark picture is being painted of their future,� says
      our guest Paul Mason, an economics editor for BBC Newsnight who just
      returned from reporting in Greece. We also speak with David Graeber,
      author of "Debt: The First 5,000 Years." �Most revolutions in our
      history have been about debt,� says Graeber. �It is a perennial tool
      by those who are powerful to make the victims of structural
      inequalities feel that it is somehow their fault.� [Includes rush

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