Fight club

The idea of the Fright 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.

Curators: Steve Keen, Nika Dubrovsky

  • To keep David’s deeply researched and humorous challenging of myths alive after his untimely death;
  • To counter the public debates initiated by the Right that, for fifty years, have dominated most public theatrical spaces—the newspapers, the televisions—and thus, the most accessible to the masses. The left lost the space for dialogue and art. We have to gain it back!;
  • To counteract the fake concept of identity politics and the cancel culture; and
  • 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. 

Here will be the Socratic debate of our times.

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 will be the forthcoming debate between Michael Hudson versus Thomas Piketty.

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 (the joyous versus short and brutish view of life—author Nika Dubrovsky and Steven Bachler).
  • David versus Jean Baptiste Say (the money versus the barter view of economics—author Steve Keen)

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.
Send us more examples!

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