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EBBC Brussels - DEBT: The First 5000 Years (D. Graeber)

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Monthly interactive EBBC (Entrepreneurial Business Book Club) session in Brussels.

This one centered around "DEBT: The First 5000 Years", a fascinating book written by economist/anthropologist David Gaeber.

DISCLAIMER: Author of the book will not be present. This is by and for the EBBC community.

Expect an interesting, introspective and practical session! We activate (y)our Knowledge!

Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it.

Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a fascinating chronicle of this little known history—as well as how it has defined human history, and what it means for the credit crisis of the present day and the future of our economy.


“If history shows anything, it is that there's no better way to justify relations founded on violence, to make such relations seem moral, than by reframing them in the language of debt—above all, because it immediately makes it seem that it's the victim who's doing something wrong.”

“After all, we do owe everything we are to others. This is simply true. The language we speak and even think in, our habits and opinions, the kind of food we like to eat, the knowledge that makes our lights switch on and toilets flush, even the style in which we carry out our gestures of defiance and rebellion against social conventions—all of this we learned from other people, most of them long dead.”

“The reasons why anthropologists haven’t been able to come up with a simple, compelling story for the origins of money is because there’s no reason to believe there could be one. Money was no more ever “invented” than music or mathematics or jewelry. What we call “money” isn’t a “thing” at all; it’s a way of comparing things mathematically, as proportions: of saying one of X is equivalent to six of Y. As such it is probably as old as human thought.”

Make sure to read the book (or a summary, youtube videos, podcasts, ...) beforehand!

The more you put in, the more you get out! Do it for you, the others and the overall quality of the session!

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Sint-Lazaruslaan 4

4 Sint-Lazaruslaan

1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node

Belgium

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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