Quote from James C. Scott 

"The aspiration to such uniformity and order alerts us to the fact
that modern statecraft is largely a project of internal colonization,
often glossed, as it is in its imperial rhetoric, as a 'civilizing mission'."

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Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998), p. 82
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