Meet the Grae­bers

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David Grae­ber says he’s been an an­ar­chist since the age of 16. This isn’t sur­pris­ing, as he grew up in a New York City home dom­i­nated by rad­i­cal pol­i­tics. His par­ents were work­ing-class in­tel­lec­tu­als who lived out their ide­al­ism in pub­lic. Grae­ber’s mother, Ruth Ru­bin­stein, worked in the city’s cloth­ing in­dus­try and played the lead role in the 1930s mu­si­cal com­edy Pins and Nee­dles, staged by the In­ter­na­tional Ladies’ Gar­ment Work­ers’ Union. His father, Ken­neth, was a com­mu­nist who sailed to Spain in 1937 to take part in what he saw as a war be­tween democ­racy and fas­cism. He served as an am­bu­lance driver in an­ar­chist Barcelona. David Grae­ber re­ceived his BA from the State Univer­sity of New York and his mas­ter’s and doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of Chicago. www.david­grae­ber.in­dus­tries

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