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

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… »

28.05.2014

Highland Spring?

Will Scotland please get off its knees and challenge the people who claim to own it. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th May 2014 “I’d vote yes to rid Scotland of its feudal landowners” Power’s ability to resist change: this is the story of our… »

05.05.2014

Britain: Land of Impunity

Britain: Land of Impunity

Politicians and government contractors now seem to be able to get away with almost anything. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 6th May 2014. What do you have to do to fall out of favour with this government? Last month, the security company G4S was quietly rehabilitated(1). »

28.04.2014

UK – The Shooting Party

UK – The Shooting Party

As the food queues lengthen, the government is giving our money to the super-rich. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 29th April 2014 So now you might have to buy your own crutches, but you’ll get your shotgun subsidised by the state. A few days after False… »

08.04.2014

Loved to Death

Loved to Death

By embracing their critics and colonising governments, corporations engineer a world of conformity and consumerism. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 8th April 2014 How do you engineer a bland, depoliticised world, a consensus built around consumption and endless growth, a dreamworld of materialism and debt and… »

18.03.2014

How Big Tobacco’s lobbyists get what they want from the media

How Big Tobacco’s lobbyists get what they want from the media

With cigarette packs on the agenda, the BBC must be asked why it lets thinktanks argue the tobacco companies’ case without revealing who their paymasters are. By George Monbiot for The Guardian Almost everything is fake. The brave proverbs with which we were brought up… »

10.03.2014

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

Give and take in the EU-US trade deal? Sure. We give, the corporations take

“I have three challenges for the architects of a proposed transatlantic trade deal. If they reject them, they reject democracy By George Monbiot for The Guardian Nothing threatens democracy as much as corporate power. Nowhere do corporations operate with greater freedom than between nations, for here… »

21.01.2014

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chainstores

Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chainstores

Freedom is something to use or lose – we must fight the antisocial behaviour bill Consumerism’s petty liberties have made us inhumanly passive. We’ve forgotten what freedom is, and how easily it is lost By George Monbiot for The Guardian The question has changed a little… »

10.12.2013

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out

Materialism: a system that eats us from the inside out

Buying more stuff is associated with depression, anxiety and broken relationships. It is socially destructive and self-destructive George Monbiot for The Guardian, Monday 9 December 2013 Owning more doesn’t bring happiness: ‘the material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA That they are crass,… »

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