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

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,… »

27.09.2017

Don’t let the rich get even richer on the assets we all share

Don’t let the rich get even richer on the assets we all share

By George Monbiot for The Guardian It’s time for communities to seize back control of resources upon which their prosperity depends Are you a statist or a free marketeer? Do you believe that intervention should be minimised or that state ownership and regulation should be expanded? This… »

13.09.2017

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it

A lesson from Hurricane Irma: capitalism can’t save the planet – it can only destroy it

The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis By George Monbiot for The Guardian There was “a flaw” in the theory: this is the famous admission by Alan Greenspan, the former chair of the Federal Reserve,… »

09.09.2017

George Monbiot: how do we get out of this mess?

George Monbiot: how do we get out of this mess?

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Donald Trump. North Korea. Hurricanes. Neoliberalism. Is there any hope of a better world? Yes, but we have to come together to tell a new, kinder story explaining who we are, and how we should live. Is it reasonable to hope… »

30.08.2017

Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?

Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked?

By George Monbiot for The Guardian It is not only Donald Trump’s government that censors the discussion of climate change; it is the entire body of polite opinion. This is why, though the links are clear and obvious, most reports on Hurricane Harvey have made no mention of the… »

19.07.2017

A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy

A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy

By George Monbiot for The Guardian James McGill Buchanan’s vision of totalitarian capitalism has infected public policy in the US. Now it’s being exported. It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half… »

05.07.2017

The Grenfell inquiry will be a stitch-up. Here’s why

The Grenfell inquiry will be a stitch-up. Here’s why

By George Monbiot for The Guardian A public inquiry where the government chooses charges, judge and jury puts the bonfire of regulations outside the frame. An independent commission is needed We don’t allow defendants in court cases to select… »

28.06.2017

Who paid for the leave vote? Brexit should be halted until we know

Who paid for the leave vote? Brexit should be halted until we know

By George Monbiot for The Guardian There are huge questions about funding, involving the DUP and others. A public inquiry is needed Should the EU referendum result be annulled? For the past year I’ve been arguing that this would… »

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… »

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