Zero Squared #96: The Busybody State

Josie Appleton is the guest this week and we discuss her book Officious: Rise of the Busy Body State. The book argues that the Busy Body State is defined by an attachment to bureaucratic procedures for their own sake: the rule for the sake of a rule; the form for the sake of a form.

James Heartfield author of The European Union and the End of Politics blurbed the book this way:

An intellectually gripping analysis of what its author Josie Appleton characterises as a new kind of state power, one that is arbitrary and encroaching on what is left of our unregulated lives. Overall this is a subtle and intelligently argued essay. Its reconstruction of the essential trajectory of the officious state will be a valuable weapon for those keen to argue for greater freedom in everyday life.

Thanks goes out to our Zero Book Club members. Zero Books club members gain access to the Inside Zero Books Podcast and are invited to participate in online workshops in critical theory. Now is always a good time to join.

In the last episode with Slavoj Zizek we claimed that Against the Double Blackmail was his latest book. That was an error. Zizek also published a book entitled Disparities and a book entitled Antigone in 2016.

Diet Soap Podcast #186: The Snowden Litmus Test

The guest this week is the columnist Margaret Kimberley. Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears on the Black Agenda Report and this week we discuss a column she wrote entitled “The Snowden Litmus Test.”

It’s Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 and I’m Douglas Lain the host of the podcast.

The Kickstarter project to fund a book and podcast tour in September has five days remaining and is 81% funded. There are currently 69 backers and this week I want to thank Jennifer L, Aquila H, Kurt O, Cathy K, James G, Anna W, Christopher V, Henry W, Mark D, Brandy H, Matt L, Tony Y, Tom G, and Richard B.

If you like the Diet Soap Podcast pledging to the Think the Impossible tour is a great way to support it.

In related news there is a serialized audio version of my upcoming novel Billy Moon. It’s a freebie that I’m giving away through the Kickstarter campaign, and to I’ll post a link to the chapter five in this week’s show notes.

Here’s an excerpt from Kimberley’s column:

Edward Snowden has been called a traitor, a narcissist, a loser and a danger to national security. Reporters have questioned whether he was friendly enough to his neighbors or why he made a good salary despite having just a GED. He has even been criticized for leaving the military after he broke his legs. His whereabouts are unknown because the federal government is preparing to file charges against him.
Such extravagant and bizarre levels of vitriol can mean only one thing. When politicians and rich pundits all join together to deliver a very public beat down, the victim of the beating is probably someone who did the people a great service.