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By Anonym 13 Sep

James C. Scott

I always believed that social science was a progressive profession because it was the powerful who had the most to hide about how the world actually worked and if you could show how the world actually worked it would always have a de-masking and a subversive effect on the powerful. I don't think that's quite true, but it seems to me it's not bad as a point of departure anyway.

By Anonym 16 Sep

James C. Scott

Ethnicity and tribe began, by definition, where sovereignty and taxes ended. The ethnic zone was feared and stigmatized by state rhetoric precisely because it was beyond its grasp and therefore an example of defiance and an ever-present temptation to those who might wish to evade the state.

By Anonym 18 Sep

James C. Scott

The larger the pile of rubble you leave behind, the larger your place in the historical record!

By Anonym 20 Sep

James C. Scott

Why the histories of states should have so persistently insinuated themselves in the place that might have been occupied by peoples merits reflection.

By Anonym 14 Sep

James C. Scott

The aspiration to such uniformity and order alerts us to the fact that modern statecraft is largely a project of internal colonization, often glossed, as it is in its imperial rhetoric, as a 'civilizing mission'.

By Anonym 13 Sep

James C. Scott

In a world of injustice there's going to be dreams of justice.

By Anonym 16 Sep

James C. Scott

Encouragement of sedentarism is perhaps the oldest "state project," a project related to the second-oldest state project of taxation.

By Anonym 16 Sep

James C. Scott

It is time someone put in a good word for the petite bourgeoise. Unlike the working class and capitalists, who have never lack for spokespersons, the petite bourgeoise rarely, if ever, speaks for itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

James C. Scott

The world of rumor and gossip is like a privileged world with which a social scientist or an anthropologist can take the temperature of popular aspirations.

By Anonym 19 Sep

James C. Scott

The petite bourgeoise and small property in general represent a precious zone of autonomy and freedom in state systems increasingly dominated by large public and private bureaucracies.

By Anonym 18 Sep

James C. Scott

That frontier operated as a rough and ready homeostatic device; the more a state pressed its subjects, the fewer subjects it had. The frontier underwrote popular freedom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

James C. Scott

The world of rumors and gossip is a world of wish fulfillment. And one of the things that gives volume and amplitude to a rumor is that it satisfies people's dreams and expectations about the world...

By Anonym 15 Sep

James C. Scott

The power to gossip is more democratically distributed than power, property, and income, and, certainly, than the freedom to speak openly.

By Anonym 14 Sep

James C. Scott

It's hard to see any institutional structure that stands in the way of the homogenization and simplification of these supply chains in international capitalism, unless it is the nation state.

By Anonym 13 Sep

James C. Scott

Finally I decided that since peasants were the largest segment of the world's population, it would be an honorable and worthy career to devote my life to the study of peasants and agriculture.

By Anonym 18 Sep

James C. Scott

The cultivation of a single staple grain was, in itself, an important step in legibility and hence, appropriation. Monoculture fosters uniformity at many different levels. . .A society shaped powerfully by monoculture was easier to monitor, assess, and tax than one shaped by agricultural diversity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

James C. Scott

I was trained as a political scientist and the profession bores me, to be frank. I am truly bored by mainstream work in my discipline, which strikes me as a kind of medieval scholasticism of a special kind.

By Anonym 16 Sep

James C. Scott

Given a choice between patterns of subsistence that are relatively unfavorable to the cultivator but which yield a greater return in manpower or grain to the state and those patterns that benefit the cultivator but deprive the state, the ruler will choose the former every time. The ruler, then, maximizes the state-accessible product, if necessary, at the expense of the overall wealth of the realm and its subjects.

By Anonym 13 Sep

James C. Scott

I spent nearly two years in a small village - perhaps seventy families. I've never worked harder or learned so much so fast in my life; as an anthropologist you are at work from when you open your eyes in the morning to when you close them at night.

By Anonym 15 Sep

James C. Scott

What's interesting to me is that in the late twentieth century it seems that there's scarcely a part of the world that doesn't have some capitalist return that can be realized providing that this area's made accessible and resources can be extracted from it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

James C. Scott

It seems to me that rumors and dreams of justice are part of a dialectic of injustice and dreams of justice will be with us for as long as there's injustice, and that doesn't seem to be in short supply.

By Anonym 15 Sep

James C. Scott

At another level, collectivization was, in a curious state-centric way, a qualified success. Collectivization proved a rough-and-ready instrument for the twin goals of traditional statecraft: appropriation and political control.