Friday Lazy Linking
buncha links on "triggering" and "calling out" bfp, flip flopping joy (2010-09-01).
there was a discussion on tumblr about triggering–the first I saw of it was the following post: Calling out people is important but if you trigger the shit out of an abuse victim or someone with an anxiety or panic disorder in the process, you're being a bigoted shitbucket yourself.Always…(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
The Trouble with the View from Above. James C. Scott, Cato Unbound (2010-09-08).
State naming practices and local, customary naming practices are strikingly different. Each set of practices is designed to make the human and physical landscape legible, by sharply identifying a unique individual, a household, or a singular geographic feature. Yet they are each devised by very distinct agents for whom the…(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
Seeing Like a Movie Mogul. Timothy B. Lee, Cato Unbound (2010-09-14).
In his lead essay, James Scott writes about the efforts of German foresters to create "a redesigned forest that was easier to count, manipulate, measure, and assess," and throughout Seeing Like a State, he uses this as a metaphor for various state projects to reshape the complex, messy world to…(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
Coordination vs. Coercion. Timothy B. Lee, Cato Unbound (2010-09-20).
Don Boudreaux makes an interesting point about the way standardization facilitates social cooperation and the division of labor. But I think it's important to remember that the distinctive feature of the state-building projects James Scott describes wasn't just standardization, but coercion. People were compelled to adopt new surnames, geographical indicators,…(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
Letters Department: Jacob T. Levy on Seeing Like a State. The Editors, Cato Unbound (2010-09-20).
Editors' note: Political theorist Jacob T. Levy of McGill University sends us his thoughts on this month's discussion, which we are pleased to share in full. I begin with a few words of unembarrassed admiration. James Scott's Seeing Like a State, from which his essay is largely drawn, is one…(Linked Thursday 2010-09-23.)
The $200,000 Inverted Pyramid. Dorothy, Cat and Girl (2010-09-23). (Linked Friday 2010-09-24.)