Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control

By Derrick Jensen and George Draffan

Chelsea Green Publishing Company (2004, world English rights)

Paper • ISBN-13: 9781931498524 • US $18 • 8.4 in x 5.6 in • 285 pgs.




Machine-readable identity cards are issued to prisoners, workers, and schoolchildren around the world. Tiny ID chips track every car, shirt, and razor blade purchased from every corporate manufacturer in America. Chips track — and control — humans and other animals. Exoskeleton armor makes soldiers invincible; mind-altering drugs make them incapable of remorse. Scientists design swarms of nanoparticles as weapons to target specific ethnic groups. Governments and multinational corporations gather gigabytes of information on every citizen’s race, family life, credit record, telephone conversations, employment history, buying preferences, favorite TV shows.

In their new collaboration for the “Politics of the Living” series, Derrick Jensen and George Draffan reveal the modern culture of the machine, where corporate might makes technology right, government money feeds the greed for mad science, and absolute surveillance leads to absolute control — and corruption. Through meticulous research and fiercely personal narrative, Jensen and Draffan move beyond journalism and exposé to question our civilization’s very mode of existence. Welcome to the Machine defies our willingness to submit to the institutions and technologies built to rob us of all that makes us human — our connection to the land, our kinship with one another, our place in the living world.




Derrick Jensen is an activist, teacher, and prize-winning author of numerous books, including The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older Than Words, Listening to the Land, Walking on Water: Reading, Writing, and Revolution, Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos, and co-author (with George Draffan) of Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests. His writing has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Audubon, The Sun Magazine, and Orion Magazine, among many others. Recently named Press Action Person of the Year, his speaking engagements pack bookstores, university auditoriums, and conference halls across the nation. He lives in Northern California and continues to write about the destructive impact of industrial civilization, our connection to the land, our kinship with one another, and our place in the living world. His website is

George Draffan is a forest activist, public interest investigator, and corporate muckraker. He is the author of The Elite Consensus, A Primer on Corporate Power, and co-author of Railroads & Clearcuts. For the past fifteen years he has provided research services and training to citizens and public interest groups that are investigating and challenging corporate power. Some of his work can be found at Endgame, a project of the Public Information Network (



A Language Older Than Words

Listening to the Land

Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests

The Culture of Make Believe

Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos

Walking on Water: Reading, Writing and Revolution


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