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

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… »

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… »

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