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

25.03.2020

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation

Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilisation

George Monbiot for  The Guardian A bubble has finally been burst – but will we now attend to the other threats facing humanity? We have been living in a bubble, a bubble of false comfort and denial. In the rich nations, we have begun to believe we… »

23.01.2020

If defending life on Earth is extremist, we must own that label

If defending life on Earth is extremist, we must own that label

George Monbiot For The Guardian Police say climate groups such as Extinction Rebellion are a ‘threat’. They’d have done the same for the suffragettes and Martin Luther King It’s not an “error” or an “accident”, as the police now claim. It’s a pattern. First, the Guardian… »

18.12.2019

There is an antidote to demagoguery – it’s called political rewilding

There is an antidote to demagoguery – it’s called political rewilding

This form of radical trust devolves power away from top-down government, often with some very unexpected results By George Monbiot for The Guardian You can blame Jeremy Corbyn for Boris Johnson, and Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump. You can blame the Indian challengers for Narendra Modi, the… »

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… »

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