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

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… »

03.06.2015

How a corporate cult captures and destroys our best graduates

How a corporate cult captures and destroys our best graduates

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Universities should defend students against lovebombing by banks and consultancy firms – before it ruins their lives To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; to do good; to love and be loved; to create and to… »

13.05.2015

Labour’s rebirth requires a grassroots revolution, not more diktats and spin

Labour’s rebirth requires a grassroots revolution, not more diktats and spin

George Monbiot for The Guardian, Wednesday 13 May 2015 Think the left has it hard in Britain? Latin Americans faced torture yet built inspirational movements Leadership comes from below: that’s what most successful progressive parties have in common. Leftwing parties have… »

02.04.2015

Wealth creators’ are robbing our most productive people

By George Monbiot for The Guardian. There is an inverse relationship between utility and reward. The most lucrative, prestigious jobs tend to cause the greatest harm. The most useful workers tend to be paid least and treated worst. I was reminded of this while listening last week to… »

19.03.2015

Let’s not fool ourselves. We may not bribe, but corruption is rife in Britain

Let’s not fool ourselves. We may not bribe, but corruption is rife in Britain

By George Monbiot for The Guardian Allegations of a cover-up at Scotland Yard show that the British are as prone to malfeasance as any other nation It just doesn’t compute. Almost every day the news is filled with stories that look… »

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