Book Review: Against The Grain
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Someone on SSC Discord summarized James Scott’s Against The Grain as “basically 300 pages of calling wheat a fascist”. I have only two qualms with this description. First, the boo…
If you've read "Homo Sapiens" by
, you may be interested in this summary of "Against The Grain". It complements the theories about how wheat domesticated us by looking at taxation and state-building. Very interesting!
"Grain farming was a giant leap in oppressability!"
Quick reminder that every single "settled farming around urban centers was a disaster for humanity" take is just a commentary on Genesis 2-4.
Nice review of Against the Grain
"Basically 300 pages of calling wheat a fascist"
reviews James C. Scott's latest opus, Against The Grain, which argues that the emergence of grain agriculture was something of a human disaster and was driven by oppressive states. I can recommend the audiobook with Eric Martin narrating.