James C. Scott

“New World escape crops made the economics of escape as tempting as its politics. Colonial officials tended to stigmatize cassava and maize as crops of lazy natives whose main aim was to shirk work. In the New World, too, those whose job it was to drive the population into wage labor or onto the plantation deplored crops that allowed a free peasantry to maintain its autonomy. Hacienda owners in Central America claimed that with cassava, all a peasant needed was a shotgun and a fishhook and he would cease to work regularly for wages.”


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