I’m in Kabul and just saw that my review in Reason of The Art of Not Being Governed by James C. Scott is now online. It’s quite relevant to the policies that the Bobama administration is trying to promote here. (It turns out that mountain people often resent outsiders telling them what to do. Go figure.) Here’s the review.
Lots of meetings lined up in several cities in Afghanistan. More later, after they’re over and I’m on my way to a neighboring country.
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I enjoyed your review the first time I saw it in Reason. It sounds like Scott has some fascinating insights, but it also sounds like he stays on the fringe. I would have been (even) more interested if he was able to make some parallels to the struggle for autonomy in places like China, Europe and N. America, like you do in the review.