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

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… »

25.04.2019

Dare to declare capitalism dead – before it takes us all down with it

Dare to declare capitalism dead – before it takes us all down with it

The economic system is incompatible with the survival of life on Earth. It is time to design a new one By George Monbiot  for The Guardian For most of my adult life I’ve railed against “corporate capitalism”, “consumer capitalism” and “crony capitalism”. It took me a long time… »

15.04.2019

Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse

Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse

George Monbiot for The Guardian No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response.  Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. »

10.04.2019

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

Neoliberalism promised freedom – instead it delivers stifling control

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Creeping privatisation is rolling back the state to create a new, absolutist bureaucracy that destroys efficiency.  My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to remove a cancer from my body. Now… »

23.03.2019

How the media let malicious idiots take over

How the media let malicious idiots take over

By George Monbiot  for The Guardian Be it Jacob Rees-Mogg or Nigel Farage, blusterers and braggarts are rewarded with platforms that distort our political debate. If our politics is becoming less rational, crueller and more divisive, this rule of public life is partly to blame: the more disgracefully you… »

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