nika & david wealth p6

8 min video – What is wealth? part 6 – march 2019 – of nika and david on wealth

from nika dubrovsky here:

Preparing for the reading group of #MuseumofCare and rereading chapter 5 of Dawn of Everything.
Here is a talk of @davidgraeber for , in which he is explaining it. 
What is wealth? part 6 via @YouTube

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on assumption that wealth is an individual thing.. whereas in a lot of periods of history assumptions that wealth was collective

after black death in europe.. right before formation of capitalism.. 1/3 people die.. wages go up.. massive redistribution of wealth to ordinary people.. almost none went to individual consumption.. 1350-1600.. they put it all into collective things.. every 3rd day was a holiday.. having all sorts of fun.. that would be one vision of a way out

3 min – q: question about wealth undermines structure.. when it’s about status.. getting ahead.. wealth is just our measure for stages..

4 min – d: we have a lot of bio drive.. aristocracy burning stuff.. some studiously avoided that thing.. if fighting over status in 100 diff ways.. equiv to none.. the idea that societies need to form around one form of status game is erroneous.. it’s not like no bio drives exists.. 100s do and they are in contradiction to each other.. all universal.. so which drive do we validate.. and where do we put it..


imagine if we just focused on listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness.. we might just get to a more antifragile, healthy, thriving world.. the ecosystem we keep longing for..

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people

girl on left: this drive to have more and more is continuing.. can we survive

need to get back/to enough ness.. need to org around legit needs