14 November 2010

Definition of 'government' or 'state'

I've been looking for this for a long time.

A monopolistic protection racket that keeps the peace and fosters production and trade while extracting no more rents than the traffic will bear.

Leading Southeast Asia-focused political scientist James C. Scott on the essence of the successful pre-modern state, quoted from his insightful new book The Art of Not Being Governed.

Hat-tip: The Asia File.


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