org around legit needs


same on issuu site: []


from david graeber‘s bs jobs (from birth):


we can’t really discuss any of these things (utility in production et al) in terms of a language of ‘needs’.. for much of human history.. and still today.. when poor people end up in crippling debt.. it’s because they felt they had to borrow money to throw proper funerals for parents or weddings for children.. did they ‘need’ to do this? clearly they felt strongly that they did.. and since there’s no scientific defn of what a ‘human needs’ actually is, beyond the body’s minimal caloric and nutritional requirements, and a few other physical factors, such questions must always be subjective.. to a large degree, needs are just other people’s expectations.. t if you don’t throw a proper wedding for your daughter.. it would be a family disgrace..

maté basic needs.. maté trump law.. and again.. need to org around legit needs


from david graeber‘s foreword to stone age econ:


Sahlins has never been one to shirk from intellectual combat and most of the essays assembled in this volume were written, in one way or another, in response to such Formalist positions. *The “Original Affluent Society” was, of course, a direct challenge to the very notion of “scarce resources.” Scarcity, after all, exists only in relation to felt need. It is hard to find a snow-plow in Brazil, but you can’t really speak of a scarcity of them, any more than you can say public spaces in California suffer from a scarcity of spittoons or the International Space Station is lacking in fishing equipment. This might seem self-evident, but it’s the kind of self-evident truth whose implications most people never seriously consider. Sahlins has spent much of his intellectual life working out the implications. How, he has effectively asked, is it we come to define our world around what we think it lacks, around the degree to which we find it inadequate to the fulfillment of our material desires? Once framed that way there is only one possible answer: there is something wrong with our desires, or at least what we believe our desires to be. (This is actually a further complicating factor: in much of history, even when most people were convinced humans were incorrigible creatures, very few actually acted that way.) Why did we come to abandon Paleolithic affluence and actually create a world in which most of us actually do live lives of scarcity?

*need to org around legit needs.. so we grok graeber stop at enough law et al

have\need ness and the garden-enough ness of org-ing around legit needs




a nother way

org for necessities

maté basic needs

nika and david on infra

graeber stop at enough law

ultimate revolutionary question

et al