Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stuff I'd like to say something about but don't have time to right now...

A back and forth at Crooked Timber and Lenin's Tomb over rational choice theory and Leftist/Marxist political theory.
And another post at CT, this one about James Scott vs. Hayek on markets and the loss of local knowledge. Scott, btw, is speaking here in Montreal this coming Monday, 20 September:
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University announces: Professor JAMES C. SCOTT: "The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia." A lecture on Monday, September 20, 2010, at 7pm; Hall Building (corner of Bishop and de Maisonneuve), room 763.


Peter Fusco said...

What did you end up thinking of the Scott lecture on monday night?

Rather technical and not quite what I expected, granted i've only ever read chunks of seeing like a state.

Will Roberts said...

I found the lecture quite interesting, not yet having read the book. I especially liked the notion of creating maps scaled to the difficulty of locomotion! I think his approach could be -- and ought to be -- generalized to include the objective factors retarding state governance in other settings -- mega-cities, for example. I think, for example, that it would be great fun to read his book in tandem with a showing of the first 4 seasons of The Wire.