George Monbiot

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a British writer, known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books, including Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain (2000) and Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice (2008). www.monbiot.com

18.01.2018

The PFI* bosses fleeced us. Now watch them walk away

The PFI* bosses fleeced us. Now watch them walk away

by George Monbiot for The Guardian When contracts fail, the legal priority is still to pay firms like Carillion. Money is officially more valuable than life Again the “inefficient” state mops up the disasters caused by “efficient” private companies. Just as the army had to step in when G4S… »

17.11.2017

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Public projects such as the NHS, BBC and social security define us as a nation. Without that cohesion, authoritarianism could flourish.  So what is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity… »

02.11.2017

The Gift of Death

The Gift of Death

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th December 2012 Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it. There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice… »

25.10.2017

Look to Sheffield: this is how state and corporate power subverts democracy

Look to Sheffield: this is how state and corporate power subverts democracy

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The city’s trees and residents are the victims of a Kafkaesque PFI deal between council and contractor One of neoliberalism’s promises was that it would free us from bureaucracy. By rolling back the state, it would vanquish the stifling power of officialdom,… »

18.10.2017

Referendums get a bad press – but to fix Britain, we need more of them

Referendums get a bad press – but to fix Britain, we need more of them

By George Monbiot for The Guardian  Voting once every five years alienates us from politics. Participatory rather than representative democracy would allow us more say in how we run the country You lost, suck it up: this is how our politics works. If the party you voted… »

11.10.2017

How Labour could lead the global economy out of the 20th century

How Labour could lead the global economy out of the 20th century

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The rupture of 2008 presents a chance to throw out our iniquitous system that busts the planet – here are some ideas We are still living in the long 20th century. We are stuck with its redundant technologies: the internal combustion engine,… »

27.09.2017

Don’t let the rich get even richer on the assets we all share

Don’t let the rich get even richer on the assets we all share

By George Monbiot for The Guardian It’s time for communities to seize back control of resources upon which their prosperity depends Are you a statist or a free marketeer? Do you believe that intervention should be minimised or that state ownership and regulation should be expanded? This… »

13.09.2017

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it

The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis By George Monbiot for The Guardian There was “a flaw” in the theory: this is the famous admission by Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve,… »

09.09.2017

George Monbiot: how do we get out of this mess?

George Monbiot: how do we get out of this mess?

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Donald Trump. North Korea. Hurricanes. Neoliberalism. Is there any hope of a better world? Yes, but we have to come together to tell a new, kinder story explaining who we are, and how we should live. Is it reasonable to hope… »

30.08.2017

Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?

Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?

By George Monbiot for The Guardian It is not only Donald Trump’s government that censors the discussion of climate change; it is the entire body of polite opinion. This is why, though the links are clear and obvious, most reports on Hurricane Harvey have made no mention of the… »

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