Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

Scott, James C.


literally: "avoiding grains", Taoist conception that avoiding grains in the diet would confer immortality (via wiki) #道

I was going to entitle this paper with the rather “on the nose” Against the Grain as it subtly expresses the Daoist paradox of integrating with a higher order rather than “going with the grain” of society both in metaphors of food and carpentry.


There is also against-the-grain-manning from 2004, i.e. 13 years prior, on much the same philosophy.


against-the-grain-manning Manning, Richard. Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization. North Point Press. ↩︎ 1

yoked-to-earth Dannaway, Frederick R. “Yoked to Earth: A Treatise on Corpse-demons and Bigu”. ↩︎ 1