nika & david wealth p2

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21 min video march 2019 – What is wealth? Part 2 – of nika and david on wealth

What is wealth? Part 2 also about “Dawn of everything”
with @davidgraeber, @ilonamotto and Frank Engster via @YouTube

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notes/quotes from part 2 – picking up mid david from above – quotes are his unless otherwise noted

working right now w archeologist about the origins of social ineq.. kind of a silly question.. if look at human history it’s much more common for people to move back and forth.. hierarchy in one time of year.. all one others.. so people were just more flexible.. so really the question is not where did certain differentiations of power come from.. but how did we get stuck in one mode and just can’t get out..

graeber/wengrow back & forth law.. dawn of everything.. human history

but in terms of objective measures.. there’s a million diff ways of doing that too.. which always strikes me as bizarre.. that we choose to measure something and not others.. but there seems to be a lot more objective starvation now than in paleolithic.. i’m totally for tech progress.. a lot of things way better now.. but i also think people discount.. think you’re idealizing.. when you make these points.. on one hand some in indigenous had hierarchy/slaves.. others were egalitarian.. they were all diff.. but nonetheless there are downsides.. much more likely to die in a war then than now

3 min – however.. it strikes me that the fact that people when given the choice.. regularly chose those societies over the one’s closest to ours.. is significant..

in terms of right now there’s a great debate going on as to whether there’s an increase/decrease in poverty.. which is very interesting.. because it was assumed that in 80-90s that things were getting worse.. and suddenly last 10-15 yrs.. world bank and un putting out all this: no everything’s getting better.. poverty is going way down.. and they’re saying it’s because of capitalism

4 min – if you look at those figures.. they’re very deceptive.. 1\ about 90% of the improvement has been in one country.. china.. which is a country who wasn’t doing what they were supposed to in terms of rising above.. if you look at other countries.. depends on how measure it.. and they’ve been sort of jiggering the numbers.. so by some interp’s things actually are getting worse and by some they’re getting better.. it’s a mixed bag

5 min – but one thing that’s very very clear is that the level of security has gone way down.. so the physical measures haven’t changed that much .. but the level of stress and people just totally freaking out about their future that we have in the world today is way more than we’ve had.. and that’s something that’s very hard to measure.. but again.. should be .. when we think about being wealthy.. usually what we think about is being able to relax a little.. so .. if that’s the measure of wealth.. it’s definitely going down.. the fear of poverty i think has gone up.. t

graeber wealth law

6 min – yeah.. one of the great improvements is infant mortality.. and women who die in childbirth.. but.. misnomer.. was in averaging in all those who died at 2 so avg mortality was 30.. when actually made it to 30 .. made it to 80.. so not really living longer

but what about childbirth rates in us (ie:

7 min – the vast majority of health improvements we’ve seen.. haven’t actually been due to improvements in med/treatment so much as hygiene.. about 90% of improvement o f health outcomes over last 150 yrs have been hygiene

i made an argument in bs jobs.. more useless job more pay you get.. and dr’s always seemed like big exception to that.. but if it’s true that 90% of improvement of health is due to hygiene.. i guess the guys cleaning the hospital are actually more responsible.t

all laughing.. but huge.. we’re so messed up with what health is


10 min – q: where do you think abundance comes from.. and wondering if .. to think about entropy rather than energy.. in the sense that most of the things that are thought about (in regard to wealth) are in the material defined as a certain amount of resources/energy.. but then the idea of entropy gets missed.. and the idea that we live in a scarce world.. there’s a certain amount of finite resources.. and if there’s even more people then what you gonna do with finite resources.. but that doesn’t take into consideration entropy.. as a (bar?) in social relations

yeah that.. huge.. that..

carhart-harris entropy law et al.. and enough ness

11 min – david: so entropy in social relations i see.. ok.. it seems the planet earth in general is a pretty contrary topic.. you know it’s going to blow up someday.. the sun’s going to explode.. but in the mean time we’ve got this huge battery in it funneling energy into the system.. so i’ve never been quite sure how much entropy really does abide.. by closed systems of specific types

ilona: i think if you manage it well there is enough for everyone.. even for more people.. the problem is distribution.t.. just distribution.. rich don’t see it as an obligation .. so i experiment on people w common pool resources.. those who take responsibility (share more).. others – richest – take too much.. need to reach more awareness of this topic

yeah.. i don’t think that’s the deeper problem.. we need to know what enough is first.. we need to know what our basic needs are first.. otherwise.. spinning/wasting our wheels..

14 min – nika: on being trained in school to take all the resources and control others and compete.. to my knowledge there is no ed system .. unless very marginal and small.. that is providing kids with (?)

15 min – ilona: this notion that property is a notion of obligation.. written in swedish constitution.. so there is something we can hold onto.. we’re not aware of this

david: not to mention ed itself is the exact opposite of that.. so you’re educating people.. thru the act of educating people is a kind of nurture and care to have people grow.. so you’re educating people to not behave like that.. it’s a total contradiction to what education itself is.. because if people were really like that.. they wouldn’t be educating people at all .. t


no train ness and how the supposed to’s of school/work are killing us.. keeping us from us.. any form of m\a\p

19 min – q: is there really a big diff of wealth and how people experience it depending on where they live.. not just poor dying younger.. ie: ukraine living in poor conditions till 98.. as if they had an other form of resistance.. rural? hardship?



via nika fb share 2022:

In October, the David Greber Institute is also opening a residence in Margate, an hour’s drive from London by the sea, in a town reminiscent of New York’s Coney Island.

Of course, we will provide everything for free and we will only partially live artists.

Our first resident (sounds like a scout) Ilona Otto, a climate change scientist, is one of the participants of the Brain Trust Institute project.

ilona is in video above

But you still need to think about what Irina Zherebkina writes.

I agree, residences are evil.

Also because this concept has an entire class of rootless people who live off commuting, surviving off household food.

Such a romantic tramp artist, armed with the staggering potential of a sly bureaucrat and sly emperor, endlessly filling out paperwork for participation in various residences.

from irina:

Am I the only one who thinks that art residences for modern artists are a form of classical capitalist exploitation = I give you a room, and you repair it for free and pay later with the results of your labor, leaving it in the residence and as a product from now on owned by me, the owner of your bodies, and the products you produce? Example – “The ALA Art Residency opened in Almaty, in the building of the former prison on Seifullin, LA-155/1. Previously, one of the oldest closed correctional facilities in Kazakhstan was located here, but after the collapse of the USSR, the building was empty. According to the creator of the project, art historian and curator Dina Baitasova, it has been privately owned for about 30 years:

– We were given this building to make such a project. Many artists don’t have a space where they can work, experiment, communicate. Six months ago, together with the artists, we began to inhabit this space and at the same time do repairs. “This is just the beginning, we plan for the residence to be permanent.” And they call this type of exploitation – in analogy with feminist ideologies – grassroots horizontal solidarity in the absence of leaders / top managers within it. Information on the functioning of a particular art residence is borrowed from Зоя Фалькова .