October 24, 2011
VIDEO: Anarchist organizer from Occupy Wall Street draws condemnation and raves at Texas Book Festival panel
by Kelly Burdick
This past Saturday David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years, appeared before a huge crowd at the Texas Book Festival for a panel on “American Debt” with historian H.W. Brands and moderator Paul J. Stekler. The Texas Book Festival was founded in 1995 by none other than Laura Bush. How wonderful, then, to see the huge crowd in Austin applaud Occupy Wall Street at the end of the panel, which was carried live by C-Span’s Book TV. Even better: the amazing phone calls C-Span played on Saturday afternoon: libertarians, people normally weary of radical politics, and an older woman who didn’t approve of Graeber’s anarchism all phoned in to say how interesting they thought the panel was.
Click here or below to watch a recording of the event.
Kelly Burdick is the executive editor of Melville House.