About

I am an anarchist writer, blogger, student, and activist. Aside from this wesbite, my writing has also appeared in the Providence Journal. I have attended Harvard, Boston University, and Warren Wilson Farm College where I am returning to study sustainable agriculture and global studies in the fall. I have volunteered for nonprofits, taught classes on agriculture, campaigned for progressive politicians, and grown food for many people. I try to help bring the change I seek in the world and not just write about it.

My book, Tools of Control, took about eight years to finish, and I made my website to post some excerpts from the book. I hope this blog and my book will create discussions about its ideas, organize like-minded individuals and incite action.

My book is about the development of four of the most influential power structures that exist right now and it chronicles how they have affected human identity, thought and action throughout history. While governments, religions, corporations and news media have had plenty of positive effects on the world, most of what they do to control people has created massive inequality, suffering, and environmental destruction.

Governments first claimed ownership of land, natural resources, and then people, turning human beings into property by enslaving them. The first modern corporations used slavery as well, (and their alternative, wage labor, can be nearly as exploitative, especially in poor regions). Most rulers in history also justified war, genocide, ethnic cleansing and any extreme action with either nationalist or religious ideologies. Religion is most common cause of war because it separates people. Even though it can be a great comfort for some, the centralization of religious powers and their dogma has had devastating socioeconomic effects. Religious zeal is also used by political powers to deceive people. Representatives who can appeal to religiosity tend to get elected more often, regardless of whether or not they following through.

Governments, corporations, and major religions have also created a system that keeps wealth and power in the hands of the few. They made rules, prisons and borders to contain, control and marginalize people, especially minorities and women. And large media organizations are largely tools owned by other very rich individuals to justify it all to the masses.

In my manuscript I explain almost half of the world lives on less than $2.50 per day. Millions of people die every year from starvation, dehydration, and easily preventable disease in undeveloped countries and these aforementioned institutions are largely to blame. But the potential is not all bleak. There are more than enough resources in the world for everyone, and if the handful of empires and their rulers who essentially control the fate of the world wanted to eliminate poverty, massive environmental destruction, starvation, disease and even war they could do so. But they don’t because these institutions misunderstand people and the Earth we live on. They lack empathy for the world and don’t see every human being as equal. Many religious people see humans as equal, but the institution of organized religion has created many hierarchies and “superior” authorities who are allowed much greater privileges than their followers.

Religion has become a monopoly in its own right. The Vatican City (where the Catholic Pope lives) is a self-governed state that makes its own Euros engraved with the faces of Popes. (These coins are often worth more than face value due to their limited circulation.) According to their Bible, Jesus instructed people to revile the rich and give back to the poor, yet the very leader of Catholic Church sits in his sprawling, lavish manor while people suffer and die everyday around the world. (He has also ignored the hundreds of thousands of rape allegations from children in Catholic Churches across the world.) The new “liberal” pope draws attention away from those scandals.

Most people are aware that governments have committed terrible crimes against humanity and created massive inequality in history, but even in countries where freedom is considered unparalleled, there are still massive amounts of coercion and state violence. For example, America has the highest prison population in the world, which mostly consists of non-violent offenders and the country also has the highest per capita murder rate among developed nations, yet it is considered one of the most free countries on Earth. Imperialism has just been rebranded by corporations to seem benign. The largest corporations also make more money than many entire countries do by exploiting poor, hungry people, and most of the mainstream media and powerful religious figures ignore all of this. Instead, they focus on profit, consumption, nationalism, or other dogma.

My book explains exactly how these institutions can be reformed and what we can do as individuals to reduce and even eliminate the world’s largest problems we face like poverty, pollution, environmental destruction, war and crime. It also explains how we can maximize personal freedom, and gain greater control over who we are and who we will become. The solutions aren’t ambiguous. They involve collaboration, understanding, self-sufficiency, sustainability, stewardship, non-violent protest and more. Feel free to read the provided book excerpts on my site. The whole book is also available for free on the site here: http://whatcontrolsus.com/2014/03/29/what-controls-us-full-book/. If you would like to buy the book to support me and my work, there is a buy now option on the book excerpts page. Hardcopies and electronic versions are both available. (I print them at MIT Copy Tech.)

If you have means and you would like to donate to this site I would greatly appreciate it. I am in debt with student loans, and I do this work for free. I am also raising money for my future farm and other projects. Click the farm, donations and partners page if interested.

Through this website, I also want to support like-minded writers, organizers, activists, bloggers, environmentalists, non-profits, progressive organizations, and small businesses by organizing them and promoting them here. If you want to be listed, just shoot me a message.

Adam Goldstein

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  14. “The Vatican City (where the pope lives) is a self-governed state that prints its own currency.”
    The Vatican has no own currency. (just coins, but these coins are euros!)

    About child abuse:
    The pope made a lot of things: he wrote an open letter, there are symposiums all over the world with the victims!!!, and these were just examples.)

    “…the very leader of Catholic Church sits in his sprawling, lavish manor while poor people suffer.”
    agree, but you should see, that the leaders of the Chruch has diplomatic missions, and it has it’s own rules.

    Grünwald, Europe

    • You are right about the coins. I changed the article. But the Pope has shown absolute apathy towards the victims who have been abused by leaders of the Catholic Church. He has granted immunity to those convicted of molesting children and he has even blamed these crimes on secularism.

      The problem is that the church has its own rules and those missions are mainly done to spread their religious ideologies and improve PR.

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