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

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… »

15.06.2016

The European Union is the worst choice – apart from the alternative

The European Union is the worst choice – apart from the alternative

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The EU is a festering cesspool. But it’s a crystal spring compared with what the outers want to do – surrender Britain’s sovereignty to the United States What it’s about is not what it’s about. The referendum is a proxy question. Underlying… »

16.04.2016

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? By George Monbiot for The Guardian Book review Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never… »

24.03.2016

UK bad farming practices and the National Farmers Union

UK bad farming practices and the National Farmers Union

Has the NFU president’s farm led by example when it comes to bad practice in the countryside? By George Monbiot for The Guardian “It’s simple,” a civil servant at the government’s environment department, Defra, once told me. “When we want to know what our position should be, we ask… »

10.02.2016

I’m starting to hate the EU. But I will vote to stay in

I’m starting to hate the EU. But I will vote to stay in

On jobs, health and wildlife, the European Union is often all that stands between us and unfettered corporate power By George Monbiot for The Guardian By instinct, like many on the left, I am a European. I recognise that many issues – perhaps most – can no longer… »

01.01.2016

This flood was not only foretold – it was publicly subsidised

This flood was not only foretold – it was publicly subsidised

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The government pays grouse moor owners to drain their glorified outdoor chicken runs. Meanwhile it’s the proles downstream who get a soaking These floods were not just predictable; they were predicted. There were clear and… »

14.12.2015

Grand promises of Paris climate deal undermined by squalid retrenchments

Grand promises of Paris climate deal undermined by squalid retrenchments

By George Monbiot for The Guardian By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster. Inside the narrow frame within which the talks have taken place, the draft… »

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