Also by David Graeber. Toward an Anthropological 3 The Utopia of Rules, or Why We Really Love Bureaucracy After All. Appendix. On Batman and the. With this diagnosis in mind, it is surprising that Graeber doesn’t explore The Utopia of Rules is packed with provocative observations and. The Utopia of Rules has ratings and reviews. To answer these questions, anthropologist David Graeber—one of the most prominent and.

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The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber

View all 4 comments. When I picked it up, I thought it’d be some light reading. The digressions are reason enough to read this book.

Some interesting thoughts, but not nearly enough to save the book. Graeber makes the case that by unleashing our imagination, society could innovate in ways beyond technologies built for the sake of profits.

Unlike many high profile intellectuals and activists, he also doesn’t turn a blind eye from his current place in the system he often critiques and urges conversations about. But Graeber can pull this off because, by god, he can talk, his style is clear and direct and very convincing.

David Graeber on the Utopia of Rules: Why Deregulation is Actually Expanding Bureaucracy

Here is another place where markets and bureaucracies ultimately speak rulrs same language. Bureaucracy can be efficient, so workers get more things if they don’t mind being alienated defined as the ‘warping and shattering of the imagination’.

Sitting just millimeters behind my left ear, for example, as I scan my Outlook for nuggets of relevant information Excellent book!


Nevertheless, among the lots of other things discussed in here I have so far! The iron law of liberalism, where deregulation really means more regulation, is evident in the proposed new round of global trade agreements: But it was the stellar Debt that got me to read Graeber’s new book, and here is why The Utopia of Rules is not just a bad book, but an evil book – because it actually ruined Debt for me, retroactively.

Though it provides strong support for one part of his argument, there may be a certain logic in Graeber ruoes this experience. Graeber argues that the reason bureaucracies remain — even though everyone apparently hates uyopia — is because at their best they can serve as tools that enable positive human interaction.

Menu Resilience Building a world of resilient communities. Much of the red tape he came up against surrounded the American Medicare system, which he uses to show how a regime of rules can promote a condition of helpless stupidity in those who deliver the services and those who use them.

graebet This book won me over the moment Graeber asked why he was printing his name where he was asked to sign, and sign where he was asked to print. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The idea of “interpretive labour”, for example, is a useful tool to consider social relations. Jeffries, Stuart March 21, It was a panel of anarchists bemoaning the fact that revolution will never occur ruules Israel for various nonsensical reasons. The First 5, Years comes a revelatory account of the way bureaucracy rules our lives Where does the desire for endless rules, regulations, and bureaucracy come from?


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But the introduction alone is a convincing description about the Orwellian nightmare in which many of us feel we currently live: And it’s difficult for me to review this book because it had such a big effect on me, it shook me to my core though, then again, I’m not very difficult to be shaken.

The Utopia of Rules was the first time he made it into my hands. But Jules Verne’s predictions rulex true! It contains some of the most though provoking ideas I’ve read in a long time. This involves an intriguing discussion of trends in science fiction, including something I have noticed myself.

As he famously put it: Inglis, Fred May 14, Mar 27, Richard rated it it was amazing.

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

Retrieved from ” https: Says one of the brilliant booksellers at Word Bookstore: The book is divided into three essays, each focusing on a different aspect of the systems we take part in every day.

An essential book for our times, The Utopia of Rules is sure to start a million conversations about the institutions that rule over us—and the better, freer world we should, perhaps, begin to imagine for ourselves. Well, we may lose out on some opportunities, but it’s so comfy, isn’t it?