States are not the same thing as "Nations." States have their own inherent tendencies and nature. Combine the logic of the state with the four elements listed here, and what we have is the recipe for tragic failure and totalitarian nightmares. As Scott mentions at the end of this introduction, his critique is not a passive endorsement of capitalism, because his critique also applies to capitalist society. However, for anyone who wants to theorize alternatives to the status quo while applying lessons from the 20th Century, what he lays out here is a fundamental precautionary lesson for our project.
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