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

24.01.2019

Could this local experiment be the start of a national transformation?

Could this local experiment be the start of a national transformation?

By George Monbiot for The Guardian One London borough has been bringing people together to work, socialise and dream. The results are extraordinary. If there is hope, it lies here, in the most deprived borough in London. Barking and Dagenham has shocking levels of unemployment, homelessness, teenage pregnancy, domestic… »

19.01.2019

The fear that lies behind aggressive masculinity

The fear that lies behind aggressive masculinity

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Why do so many men love Jordan Peterson and hate the Gillette ad? If they’re truly strong they don’t need to prove their virility. What strikes me most is the fragility. Gillette makes an advertisement calling on men to challenge abusive behaviour,… »

09.01.2019

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind it. Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people… »

01.01.2019

Advertising and academia are controlling our thoughts. Didn’t you know?

Advertising and academia are controlling our thoughts. Didn’t you know?

George Monbiot for The Guardian By abetting the ad industry, universities are leading us into temptation, when they should be enlightening us. To what extent do we decide? We tell ourselves we choose our own life course, but is this ever true? If you or I had… »

13.09.2018

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research – it should be free

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Those who take on the global industry that traps research behind paywalls are heroes, not thieves. Never underestimate the power of one determined person. What Carole Cadwalladr has done to Facebook and big data, and Edward Snowden has done… »

06.09.2018

We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup

We won’t save the Earth with a better kind of disposable coffee cup

By George Monbiot for The Guardian We must challenge the corporations that urge us to live in a throwaway society rather than seeking ‘greener’ ways of maintaining the status quo. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry… »

19.08.2018

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised

It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stop By George Monbiot for The Guardian  When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton… »

25.07.2018

Conservatives? No – Brexit has shown us what they really are

Conservatives? No – Brexit has shown us what they really are

By George Monbiot for The Guardian  They are no longer defending traditional values of national character and continuity, but rather catering to big business     It’s a remarkable thing to witness: senior Conservatives attacking big business. It is not just Boris Johnson exclaiming “fuck business” –… »

19.07.2018

Dark money lurks at the heart of our political crisis

Dark money lurks at the heart of our political crisis

Democracy is threatened by organisations such as the Institute of Economic Affairs that refuse to reveal who funds them By George Monbiot for The Guardian A mere two millennia after Roman politicians paid mobs to riot on their behalf, we are beginning to understand the role of dark… »

11.07.2018

America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win

America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win

The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation By George Monbiot for The Guardian  Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the most mainstream and senior Democrats in Congress by a 28-year-old Democratic socialist… »

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