Books

Here are links to books referenced on the show

James Bamford – The Shadow Factory

Bamford reveals the inner workings of the NSA and its surveillance programs, describes how the FVEY governments share intelligence, and explains in forensic detail how the 9/11 hijackers managed to fall through the cracks due to poor information-sharing between various parts of the federal government.

David Oshinsky – Worse than Slavery

Oshinsky explains historical formation of Parchman Farm, today known as the Mississippi State Penitentiary. After slavery ended, the Reconstruction period unleashed a wave of racial violence and the prison system began to be converted into an instrument to control and exploit the newly freed black population. On Show #11, Jason and David opened with a discussion of this book.

Murray Bookchin – Remaking Society

Bookchin takes the reader through anthropology; the emergence of hierarchy and modern capitalism; technology; utopian radical solutions; urbanization and communities; and the ethics of social ecology – or toward a philosophy of nature and community. On Show #11, Jason read a paragraph from this book.

John Miller – Voices against Tyranny

An anthology of artists’ responses to the Spanish Civil War. On Show #13, Jason read a paragraph from Thomas Mann’s contribution.

William S. Burroughs – Naked Lunch

The underground classic. On Show #15, Jason read out the description of a Near East mugwump (from Chapter 6).

Neil Postman – Building a Bridge to the 18th Century

Postman’s book looks at what we, standing at the start of the 21st Century, might learn from the leading lights of the 18th Century, a period of similar tumultuous change. On Show #16, Jason read out Postman’s list of questions that one should ask oneself when considering any new technological solution to a problem (Chapter 3).

Robert Anton Wilson – Prometheus Rising

Anton Wilson’s book is a guide to deprogramming oneself. On Show #16, while discussing Facebook, Jason referenced Anton Wilson’s use of the term, ‘reality-tunnels’.

Rob Evans and Paul Lewis – Undercover

An overview of undercover policing in the UK, since its beginnings in 1968, to when the first spycop’s cover was blown in 2009. On Show #17, Jason referenced the book while discussing the outing of Andy Coles as an undercover.

Alan Moore – Watchmen

Heavily influenced by the cut-up technique of William S. Burroughs, this graphic novel by the anarchist, Alan Moore, may be rightly described as a work of some genius. Jason referenced the book on Show #18 after David had played a clip from a movie based on another Moore work, V for Vendetta.

Gerard Posner – Secrets of the Kingdom

Starting with the 9/11 attacks, Posner traces the history of the US-Saudi relationship. On Show #18, Jason referenced this book, though he wrongly gave the title as The House of Saud.

Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine

In this book, Klein develops her theory of ‘disaster capitalism’, where various forms of crisis are used as a means to subvert democratic norms and implement a form of economic shock therapy on a stunned public. On Show #18, Jason mentioned this book while discussing the notion that a crisis is simply a great opportunity.

Michael Gillard and Laurie Flynn – The Untouchables