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

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… »

13.06.2018

Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it. His crime was to insist that the… »

08.06.2018

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy

The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy

Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live alongside us: more than anything, this depends on the way we eat. We can cut our consumption of everything else almost to zero and still we will drive living systems to collapse, unless we… »

24.05.2018

[UK] Enough of Carillion culture. Make bosses pay for the carnage they cause

[UK] Enough of Carillion culture. Make bosses pay for the carnage they cause

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Here’s how to tame corporate power, and prevent ruthless executives from enriching themselves by harming us Once more, they walk away. Like those at RBS, Northern Rock and a… »

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,… »

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