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    • Against the Grain

    • A Deep History of the Earliest States
    • By: James C. Scott
    • Narrated by: Eric Martin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains and governed by precursors of today's states? Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form agricultural villages, towns, and states, which made possible civilization, law, public order, and a presumably secure way of living. But archaeological and historical evidence challenges this narrative.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • History for the closet anarchist

    • By Lauren L on 04-15-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Seeing Like a State

    • By: James C. Scott
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why do well-intentioned plans for improving the human condition go tragically awry? Author James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. Centrally managed social plans misfire, Scott argues, when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not - and cannot - be fully understood. Further, the success of designs for social organization depends upon the recognition that local, practical knowledge is as important as formal, epistemic knowledge.

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Two Cheers for Anarchism

    • Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play
    • By: James C. Scott
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    James Scott taught us what's wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging, high-spirited, and often very funny defense of an anarchist way of seeing - one that provides a unique and powerful perspective on everything from everyday social and political interactions to mass protests and revolutions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Three cheeers for Two cheers for Anarchism

    • By Edwin A. Blanton on 01-16-16

    Regular price: $14.95