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

12.11.2014

Interstellar: magnificent film, insane fantasy

Movies about abandoning Earth reflect the political defeatism of our age: that adapting to climate breakdown is preferable to stopping it By George Monbiot for The Guardian, Tuesday 11 November 2014 “It’s like we’ve forgotten who we are,” the hero of Interstellar complains. “Explorers, pioneers, not… »

05.11.2014

The British government is leading a gunpowder plot against democracy

The British government is leading a gunpowder plot against democracy

This bill of corporate rights threatens to blow the sovereignty of parliament unless it can be stopped By George Monbiot for The Guardian On this day a year ago, I was in despair. A dark cloud was rising over the Atlantic, threatening to blot… »

16.10.2014

The age of loneliness is killing us

For the most social of creatures, the mammalian bee, there’s no such thing now as society. This will be our downfall By George Monbiot for The Guardian, Tuesday 14 October 2014 What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular… »

09.10.2014

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

The demands of business dominate our politicians and embed inequality. It’s a full-blown assault on democracy By George Monbiot for The Guardian The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But it doesn’t work. Far from curing them of the… »

09.09.2014

Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm

England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country? By George Monbiot for The Guardian, Tuesday 2 September 2014 Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether… »

06.08.2014

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate. By George Monbiot, The Guardian, Tuesday 5 August 2014 To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved… »

16.07.2014

Ban neonicotinoids now – to avert another silent spring

This pesticide is destroying life across the natural world: the evidence cannot be denied. Only a global moratorium will stop it George Monbiot, The Guardian, Tuesday 15 July 2014 Here’s our choice. We wait and see if a class of powerful pesticides, made by Bayer and… »

08.07.2014

This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich

Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now George Monbiot, The Guardian, Monday 7 July 2014 19.15 BST Once it was a myth. Now it’s a dream. And soon it will be an… »

20.06.2014

An ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair

An ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair

We cannot reach people by terrifying them; there has to be a positive agenda. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th June 2014: “Saving the world should be based on promise, not fear” If we had set out to alienate and antagonise the people we’ve been… »

29.05.2014

It’s simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up

It’s simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up

It’s the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity’s undoing By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th May 2014 Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one… »

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