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Seeing Like a State—By James C. Scott

My notes

This book was recommended by the majority of speakers at a software development conference I attended in 2017. I stumbled across my old notes, and decided to pick it up. It’s a great collection of stories about how the “philosopher kings” with their grand schemes often fail. The order of things is unified for the purposes of legibility. And the common wisdom of “what gets measured gets improved” holds true. But there’s usually a host of other things that aren’t getting measured, which suffer. It turns out abstractions aren’t free after all!

Details

Title
Seeing Like a State
Author
James C. Scott
Rating
★★★★★
Published
Finished
ISBN
9780300078152