March 30, 2012

Vote for David Graeber as one of Time’s 2012 most influential people


David Graeber, author of Debt, the First 5,000 Years, has been nominated by Time magazine as one of 2012’s most influential people. Graeber, a former Yale professor and social-justice advocate, is widely recognized for his efforts influencing and leading the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

Last year’s most influential list included such luminaries as tech giant Larry Page, Prime Minister David Cameron, musician Bruno Mars, and author George R.R. Martin, among others.

According to Wikipedia:

The list was started with a debate at a symposium in Washington, D.C., on February 1, 1998, with panel participants CBS news anchor Dan Rather, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, former New York governor Mario Cuomo, then-political science professor Condoleezza Rice, neoconservative publisher Irving Kristol and Time managing editor Walter Isaacson.

The list was first published in 1999, when Time magazine named the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Based on the popularity of the installment, in 2004 Time magazine decided to make it an annual issue, listing the 100 people most influencing the world. Making the list is frequently mistaken as an honor; however, Time makes it very clear that people are recognized for changing the world, for better or for worse. Those recognized fall in one of five categories: Leaders & Revolutionaries, Builders & Titans, Artists & Entertainers, Scientists & Thinkers, and Heroes & Icons. Within each category, the 20 most influential people (sometimes pairs or small groups) are selected, for a grand total of 100 each year.

Of Graeber’s book, the Financial Times said, “If you want to get a fresh perspective on the issue, take a look at a fascinating new book called Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber … not just thought-provoking, but also exceedingly timely.”

And in the New York Times Book Review, Thomas Heaney predicts: ”Graeber’s most important contribution to the movement may owe less to his activism as an anarchist than to his background as an anthropologist. His recent book DEBT: The First 5,000 Years (Melville House, $32) reads like a lengthy field report on the state of our economic and moral disrepair.”

So join the growing revolution of people who understand and admire the work of David Graeber. Vote for him today as one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2012.


Kevin Murphy is the digital media marketing manager of Melville House.