In a sense, she’s still in a conversation with Alinsky, who believed that the poor could be organized on their own behalf. Hillary Clinton still seems to believe that the middle classes can do things to make life easier for the poor, and that is the lever she pulls most often. Her decision about the best way to create change ultimately led her down a path that made her a senator; had she made the other decision — to organize the poor — she would not be in government, but rather in that place where she learned so much — the “streets.”
At the same time it is also obviously not true that states necessarily do this. The powerful state that England built after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 did not systematically harass or murder its citizens and neither did the central state that was constructed in the United States after the ratification of the Constitution. The obvious point is that it matters how and by who the state is governed. Scott recognizes in Seeing Like a State that the governance of the state, who controls it and in whose interests, is critical in the sense that authoritarianism is necessary to create a really big disaster, but this receives scant attention in The Art of Not Being Governed .
For the purposes of writing MCAT essays, the dialectic describes the progression of ideas in a critical thought process that is the force driving your argument. A good dialectical progression propels your arguments in a way that is satisfying to the reader.
The reason I attached these 3 specific items is to provide you the opportunity to think outside of the norm for a minute. In the arrest tables you will find that white youth commit more crime than black youth, which is even more pronounced in the Rape category and yet society is more afraid of black youth than of white youth. In the concept paper you will see that many youth are forced out of school and into prison for issues that used to dealt with in school, which only cost around $12,500 a year per student. In contrast, a prison bed for a youth cost $123,400 in Ohio, which could make one question why Ohio fills one facility faster than the other.