BOOK REVIEW. Freedom and the Art of Not Being Governed in Southeast Asia

Suggested reading by Sven Mauleon, Openmind Projects. I really liked this book when I read it years ago and I still do!


The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott

This book tells you  about Karen and other ethnic minorities who valued their freedom and for long managed to stay away from foreign domination. They fled slavery, taxes, forced labor or fighting for others, Burmese or Thai kings, Chinese or Indian masters. 

Read and learn why these people preferred to remain ‘stateless’

Read how moving into the remote mountains between Thailand and Myanmar, Laos, parts of Indian and China,  helped them to live and farm in an easy to move  away from outside oppressors.

James Scott writes about their search for freedom and offers interesting  ideas about what civilization really is and thoughts about the ‘uniting nations’ as a kind of colonialism by the stronger. 

An opportunity to think about marginalized people be they Karen,  LGBT, religious, Palestinians or Amazon tribes fleeing poachers, settlers, slave raiders or just plain, narrow minded bullies.!

Watch James Scott talking to students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVwrUsib4vU

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