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

13.12.2019

[UK elections] Out of this darkness we must find the will to fight back

[UK elections] Out of this darkness we must find the will to fight back

This is no time for recrimination and blame – let’s work together against this visionless government By George Monbiot for The Guardian Yes, it’s dark. Darker, arguably, than at any point since the second world war. We have a government not of conservatives but of the radical… »

25.10.2019

Why ‘the will of the people’ is a myth in British democracy

Why ‘the will of the people’ is a myth in British democracy

British people are fundamentally disempowered by our political system. Other countries show that there’s another way. By George Monbiot for The Guardian They promised sovereignty, but at first it was unclear which variety of sovereignty they meant. Were the politicians who swore we would regain it when we left… »

10.10.2019

The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me

The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me

Fossil fuel giants have known the harm they do for decades. But they created a system that absolves them of responsibility by George Monbiot for The Guardian  Let’s stop calling this the Sixth Great Extinction. Let’s start calling it what it is: the… »

11.09.2019

The insidious ideology pushing us towards a Brexit cliff-edge

The insidious ideology pushing us towards a Brexit cliff-edge

For neoliberal zealots, no deal represents a great opportunity to dramatically reshape Britain By George Monbiot for The Guardian  At first sight it’s incomprehensible. Why risk everything for a no-deal Brexit? Breaking up their own party, losing their parliamentary majority, dismantling the UK, trashing… »

07.08.2019

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

George Monbiot for The Guardian The fossil-fuel lobby is threatened by public concern over the climate crisis. So it’s buying influence to get the results it wants. The tragedy of our times is that the gathering collapse of our life support systems has coincided with the age of… »

26.07.2019

From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs

From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs

The ultra-rich are benefitting from disaster capitalism as institutions, rules and democratic oversight implode. By George Monbiot for The Guardian Seven years ago the impressionist Rory Bremner complained that politicians had become so boring that few of them were worth mimicking: “They’re quite homogenous and dull these… »

18.07.2019

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn’t have to be this way

Poor tenants pay for landlords to live like kings. It doesn’t have to be this way

Britain has enough housing – it’s just that a series of outrageous policies makes it accessible only to the rich. By George Monbiot for The Guardian I have a friend who works almost every waking hour, mainly to pay the rent. Her landlord lives on a beach, 4,000 miles… »

04.07.2019

After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press

After urging land reform I now know the brute power of our billionaire press

A report I helped publish has led to attacks and flat-out falsehoods in the rightwing media. It’s clear whose interests they serve.  By George Monbiot for The Guardian All billionaires want the same thing – a world that works for them. For many, this means a world in which… »

26.06.2019

Shell is not a green saviour. It’s a planetary death machine

Shell is not a green saviour. It’s a planetary death machine

Don’t buy the greenwash. Shell’s initiatives, which have won over many conservation groups, are dwarfed by its investment in oil and gas. By George Monbiot for The Guardian It is hard to believe it needs stating, but it does. The oil industry is not your friend. Whatever it might… »

08.06.2019

Want to tackle inequality? Then first change our land ownership laws

Want to tackle inequality? Then first change our land ownership laws

From housing costs to wildlife collapse, we pay the price while the rich boost their profits. But from today we can fight back By George Monbiot  for The Guardian What is the most neglected issue in British politics? I would say land. Literally and metaphorically, land underlies… »

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