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

16.11.2015

David Cameron hasn’t the faintest idea how deep his cuts go. This letter proves it

David Cameron hasn’t the faintest idea how deep his cuts go. This letter proves it

By George Monbiot for The Guardian. It’s like the crucial moment in Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American. The US agent stares at the blood on his shoes, unable to make the connection between the explosion he commissioned and the bodies scattered across the public square in Saigon. In… »

10.11.2015

How to build an international financial crisis

How to build an international financial crisis

Banks and corporations are being liberated from the rule of law, and are ripping the world apart. What have governments learnt from the financial crisis? I could write a column spelling it out. Or I could do the same job with one word. Nothing. Actually, that’s too generous. The lessons… »

04.11.2015

The gathering financial storm is just one effect of corporate power unbound

The gathering financial storm is just one effect of corporate power unbound

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Governments are liberating global corporations from the rule of law and leaving them to rip the world apart What have governments learned from the financial crisis? I could write a column spelling it out. Or… »

18.10.2015

We’re not as selfish as we think we are. Here’s the proof

We’re not as selfish as we think we are. Here’s the proof

Stories of greed and ego bombard us. But a new study shows that humans are inherently good George Monbiot for The Guardian Do you find yourself thrashing against the tide of human indifference and selfishness? Are you oppressed by the sense… »

07.10.2015

Nato’s bombs fall like confetti, not containing conflict but spreading it

Nato’s bombs fall like confetti, not containing conflict but spreading it

Syria, Isis, Iraq … there are no easy solutions. But killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere draws more people into insurgencies By George Monbiot for The Guardian ‘The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”… »

09.09.2015

Britain’s Mafia State

Britain’s Mafia State

Where does legitimate business end and organised crime begin? Be reasonable in response to the unreasonable: this is what voters in the Labour election are told. Accommodate, moderate, triangulate, for the alternative is to isolate yourself from reality. You might be inclined to agree. If so, please take a look… »

20.08.2015

UK labour leadership contest: Jeremy Corbyn the only candidate to bring hope

UK labour leadership contest: Jeremy Corbyn the only candidate to bring hope

On one point I agree with his opponents: Jeremy Corbyn has little chance of winning the 2020 general election. But the same applies to the other three candidates. Either Labour must win back the seats it once held in Scotland (surely impossible without veering to the left) or it must… »

25.07.2015

By inflating Islamic extremism, David Cameron has lost sight of what really threatens us

By inflating Islamic extremism, David Cameron has lost sight of what really threatens us

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The real ‘struggle of our generation’ is not terrorism – in fact, that’s way down on the list Sir Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square should be removed to a museum. All busts and portraits… »

25.06.2015

Skivers and strivers: this 200–year–old myth won’t die

Skivers and strivers: this 200–year–old myth won’t die

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Vilification of the unemployed, by the government and the media, has a long and shameful heritage – expect the fallacy that welfare creates poverty to persist Kindness is cruelty; cruelty is kindness: this is the… »

13.06.2015

Stop using China as an excuse for inaction on climate change

Stop using China as an excuse for inaction on climate change

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Invoking Yellow Peril tropes over China’s carbon footprint fails to recognise the fact its energy use is tied to our consumption, the country’s coal demand is dropping and Chinese people care more about climate than… »

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