I am an anarchist writer, blogger, organic permaculturist, and activist. Aside from this website, my writing has also appeared in the Slingshot Collective, the Providence Journal, Fahrenheit 451 Books and Blogs (fah451bks.wordpress.com), the Red & Black Anarchists page (https://www.facebook.com/RedBlackAnarchism), which has over 52,000 likes, many other blogs, and my articles have been shared by individuals on Facebook thousands of times. I have attended courses at Harvard, Boston University, and Warren Wilson Farm College where I studied sustainable agriculture and worked 560 hours on the garden and carpentry crews, growing food for the school and making repairs around campus. I also received my URI Master Gardener certification in 2016 after completing their course and 50 hours of volunteer service with their partner projects. I have volunteered for nonprofits like Gaining Ground, City Farm (where I continue to volunteer), Roger William’s Produce Donation Program, helped teach classes on agriculture at Buncombe Community High School, helped plant trees at Gilbert Stuart Middle School and Lillian Feinstein Elementary School, campaigned for progressive politicians (before I became an anarchist), and grown food for many people in need at my nonprofit garden, Food For All. 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 along with articles on current events. I hope this blog and my book will create discussions about its ideas, organize like-minded individuals, and most importantly incite action.

My book is about the development of four of the most influential powerful institutions that exist right now and it chronicles how they have affected human identity, thought, and action throughout history. While governments, organized religions, corporate news media, and corporations more broadly have had some positive effects on the world, most of what they do to control people has created massive inequities, 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 most extreme actions with either nationalist or religious ideologies. Religion is the most common cause of war because it separates people. Even though it can be a great comfort for some, the centralization of powerful religious institutions 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 follow through.

Governments, corporations, and organized religions have created a system that keeps wealth and power in the hands of the few. They made and continue to make rules, prisons, and borders to contain, control, and marginalize people, especially minorities. And large, corporate media organizations are tools owned by other very rich individuals they use in an attempt 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 and 80% lives on less than $10 a 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 the interconnectedness of all lifeforms and ecosystems. Many religious people see humans as equal, but the institution of organized religion has created many hierarchies and so-called “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. According to the Christian 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 rapes of children by clergy 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 inequities 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 destroyed and what we can do as individuals to reduce and even eliminate the world’s largest problems we face like poverty, pollution, environmental destruction, and war. 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, voluntary organization, autonomy, understanding, self-sufficiency, sustainability, environmental stewardship, sabotage of destructive projects, and more. Feel free to read the provided book excerpts on my site. If you would like to buy the book to support me and my work, you can do so on the book excerpts page. Hardcopies and electronic versions are both available.

If you have means and you would like to donate to support my efforts I would greatly appreciate it. I do this work for free and I am also raising money for my future organic, community, nonprofit food forest and other projects. Click the farm, donations and partners page if interested in learning more.

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

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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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