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

16.06.2017

With Grenfell Tower, we’ve seen what ‘ripping up red tape’ really looks like

With Grenfell Tower, we’ve seen what ‘ripping up red tape’ really looks like

by George Monbiot for The Guardian Too often safety has been sacrificed to an agenda of deregulation backed by lobbyists: it’s time to put the public interest above corner-cutting and greed For years successive governments have built what they call a bonfire of regulations. They have argued that “red… »

13.06.2017

The election’s biggest losers? Not the Tories but the media, who missed the story

The election’s biggest losers? Not the Tories but the media, who missed the story

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Trapped in their hall of mirrors the broadcasters and press wrote off Jeremy Corbyn. They have to change and reflect the world they report on. The election was a crushing defeat – but not for either of the major parties. The faction… »

19.05.2017

Dark money is pushing democracy in the UK over the edge

Dark money is pushing democracy in the UK over the edge

By George Monbiot for The Guardian We urgently need new rules to prevent the capture of our politics by billionaires and corporations and their secretive funding How is this acceptable? A multimillionaire City asset manager… »

07.04.2017

Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor. That’s what Trump and Brexit are about

Freeing up the rich to exploit the poor. That’s what Trump and Brexit are about

A bonfire of public protections is being lit in Britain and in the United States – and the beneficiaries of it will be the very rich By George Monbiot for The Guardian Propaganda works by sanctifying a single value, such as faith, or patriotism. Anyone who… »

06.03.2017

Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality

Our greatest peril? Screening ourselves off from reality

Immersed in life online like the followers of 4chan or PewDiePie, we start to imagine that nothing matters – even racism, misogyny and resurgent fascism By George Monbiot, The Guardian 28/2/2017 Everything is possible. Nothing is possible. Nothing hurts any more, until the consequences crash through the screen. »

02.11.2016

Without the power of kindness, our society will fall apart

Without the power of kindness, our society will fall apart

When we are vulnerable and estranged from each other we can be easily manipulated by demagogues, as can be seen in the US and Europe. By George Monbiot for The Guardian If there is an irrepressible human trait it’s… »

04.10.2016

George Monbiot: why I wrote an album of anthems for all the lonely people

George Monbiot: why I wrote an album of anthems for all the lonely people

There’s a loneliness epidemic, says George Monbiot, and it’s killing as many people as smoking or obesity. That’s why he’s going on tour – to bring people together with his stirring songs, then a party in the pub. By Geroge Monbiot for The Guardian Two years ago,… »

07.09.2016

The transatlantic trade deal TTIP may be dead, but something even worse is coming

The transatlantic trade deal TTIP may be dead, but something even worse is coming

Governments and corporate lobbyists keep inventing new ways to embed privatisation and circumvent democracy – in this case, the Canada-EU deal By George Monbiot for The Guardian Is it over? Can it be true? If so, it’s a victory for a… »

07.07.2016

Chilcot’s judgment is utterly damning – but it’s still not justice

Chilcot’s judgment is utterly damning – but it’s still not justice

Little is more corrosive of democracy than impunity. When politicians do terrible things and suffer no consequences, people lose trust in both politics and justice. They see them, correctly, as instruments deployed by the strong against the weak. Since the first world war, no British prime minister has done anything… »

30.06.2016

Brexit is a disaster, but we can build on the ruins

Brexit is a disaster, but we can build on the ruins

This is a crisis of astonishing proportions, but also an opportunity for the changes the left has long sought By George Monbiot for The Guardian Let’s sack the electorate and appoint a new one: this is the demand… »

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