Fight club

The idea of the Fight Club was created in memory of David Graeber by his friends.

It’s time to stop being timid and follow the bold and clever political artistry of Joseph Beuys. In one pop-up exhibition, he argued with audiences for 100 days, advocating direct democracy.

Fight Club was created to:

  • To keep David’s deeply researched and humorous challenging of myths alive after his untimely death;
  • To counter the public debate initiated by the right-wings, which for fifty years dominated most of the public spaces – newspapers, television – and was thus most accessible to the masses. We lost it and we have to get it back!
  • To counteract the fake concept of identity politics and the “cancel culture”; and, the most important,
  • To remain cheerful and artistic in the face of all odds, contradictions, and misunderstandings.

David asserted that human consciousness only exists in dialogue with others, and the myth of the individual “thinker-philosopher” is nothing but a myth. 

David himself was often subjected to public attacks and withstood them with fortitude. 

Our fights will be between real people, imaginary people, or real people played by actors. 

One “real fight” was a debate between Michael Hudson versus Thomas Piketty, hosted by RSA.

Here is a The Great Debt Debate Q&A session hosted by Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard.

The fictional fights will pit David in the Afterlife, taking on foes who set up the myths he challenged during his life:

  • David versus Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (the joyous versus short and brutish view of life and the and against the myth of an exile from the Paradise—author Nika Dubrovsky and Steven Bachler) at HKW this spring.

Our current plan is to produce 4 Fights a year. Here is a description of which one we are working on and the rules of the fights we are thinking about.

Here is the White paper explaining how and why you may want to do your own Fight Club.

Below are pictures of other fights and public clashes that we found in the media space. Publishing them here does not mean that we agree with either of them or want to do the same.
Remember, you’re on the Fight Club page. Here we are looking for stuff to disagree rather than agree with.
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