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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Could this local experiment be the start of a national transformation?

By George Monbiot for The Guardian One London borough has been bringing people together to work, socialise and dream. The results are extraordinary. If there is hope, it lies here, in the most deprived borough in London. Barking and Dagenham has…

The fear that lies behind aggressive masculinity

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Why do so many men love Jordan Peterson and hate the Gillette ad? If they’re truly strong they don’t need to prove their virility. What strikes me most is the fragility. Gillette makes an advertisement…

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