Rev Austrian Econ (2013) 26:501–503 DOI 10.1007/s11138-013-0214-z James C. Scott, Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six easy pieces on autonomy, dignity, and meaningful work and play. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. xxvi + 198 Pages. USD $24.95 (cloth) Petrik Runst Published online: 22 March 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 Scott’s latest booklet is brilliant, fascinating, and entirely non-academic. He succinct- ly lays out his world view in the preface. Anarchy is defined as ‘cooperation without hierarchy.’ This definition is anti-elitist in the broadest sense. Scott regards both government and commercial hierarchies as stifling spontaneous and grass roots mutuality. In the remaining six chapters, the author does not attempt to convince nor does he discuss his ideas. Instead, he presents a wonderful kaleidoscope of scattered sketches that fit his anti-hierarchical theme. Chapter one begins with a charming description of “everyday forms of resistance,” such as poaching in royal forests. Scott contrasts this behavior with a bizarre and heartbreaking anecdote from East Germany, where he observed pedestrians waiting at an intersection in the complete absence of cars until the traffic lights switched in their favor. Scott notes that representative institutions rarely bring about major equalizing changes. It is only
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