We all know the European Enlightenment started in Geneva, or maybe Edinburgh or maybe Amsterdam. Well we’re all wrong. In Pirate Enlightenment (Allen Lane), anthropologist David Graeber presents a case for the intellectual underpinnings for the Enlightenment having started with the anarchic, mixed-race and radically egalitarian communities of pirates based around Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Sadly, David Graeber is no longer with us, but his extraordinary intelligence and magical twists of thought certainly still are. They will be discussed on this occasion by Ayça Çubukçu of the LSE, journalist and activist Owen Jones and James Butler, contributing editor at the LRB and co-founder of Novara Media.
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