The Eden of the Surveillance State


Participation in our own surveillance was the price of entry into heaven.

In the Winter 2016 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, Amanda Power writes on the history (real and mythological) of the Western surveillance state, whose roots can be found in the early influence of religion in European governments.

Michelle Vider is a writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Toast, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, Baldhip Magazine, and others. Find her at or @meanchelled. More from this author →