"The huge literature on state-making, both contemporary and historical, pays virtually no attention to its obverse, which is the history of deliberate and reactive statelessness." That's the always fascinating James C. Scott, author of Weapons of the Weak, Domination and the Arts of Resistance, and Seeing Like a State, in a recent lecture at the London School of Economics. You can hear the whole thing here.
Elsewhere in Reason: My review of Scott's last book.
[Hat tip: Bryan Alexander.]