George Monbiot

George Monbiot is the author of the best selling books The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order and Captive State: the corporate takeover of Britain. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper. Visit his website at www.monbiot.com

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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:45pm
Neoliberalism – The 'Zombie Doctrine' at the Root of All Our Problems
It’s as if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it...
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 4:00pm
The Gathering Financial Storm Is Just One Effect of Corporate Power Unbound
What have governments learned 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 learned are counter-lessons, anti-knowledge, new policies that could scarcely be better designed to ensure...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 10:15am
Human... and Kind
Do you find yourself thrashing against the tide of human indifference and selfishness? Are you oppressed by the sense that while you care, others don’t? That because of humankind’s callousness, civilisation and the rest of life on earth are basically stuffed? If so, you are not alone. But neither...
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 8:15am
Nato’s Bombs Fall Like Confetti, Not Containing Conflict But Spreading It
‘The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” This is how an anonymous Nato spokesperson described Saturday’s disaster in Afghanistan . Let’s translate it into English. “We bombed a hospital, killing 22 people.” But “people”, “hospital” and “bomb”, let alone “we...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 8:15am
Why We Fight for the Living World: It's About Love, and It's Time We Said So
Who wants to see the living world destroyed? Who wants an end to birdsong, bees and coral reefs, the falcon’s stoop, the salmon’s leap? Who wants to see the soil stripped from the land, the sea rimed with rubbish? No one. And yet it happens. Seven billion of us allow fossil fuel companies to push...
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 11:30am
There Are Issues That Really Matter at This Election. But Britain’s Media Are Ignoring Them
Political coverage is never more trivial or evanescent than during an election. Where we might hope for enlightenment about the issues on which we will vote, we find gossip about the habits and style of political leaders, an obsession with statistically meaningless shifts in opinion polls and empty...
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:45am
Ploughing on Regardless
Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re knackered if...
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:00pm
Unremitting Pain: The Careless, Astonishing Cruelty of Barack Obama’s Government
Let me introduce you to the world’s most powerful terrorist recruiting sergeant: a US federal agency called the office of the comptroller of the currency . Its decision to cause a humanitarian catastrophe in one of the poorest, most troubled places on Earth could resonate around the world for...
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 2:15pm
Why Stop at ISIS? Let's Bomb the Whole Middle East
Let’s bomb the Muslim world – all of it – to save the lives of its people. Surely this is the only consistent moral course? Why stop at blowing up Islamic State, when the Syrian government has murdered and tortured so many? This, after all, was last year’s moral imperative. What’s changed? How...
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 7:00am
The Impossibility of Growth Demands a New Economic System
Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham(1).
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