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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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Every Friday Is Black Friday: Why Our Addiction to Consumption and Growth Is Killing Us
veryone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse...
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Friday, April 15, 2016
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 03, 2015
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
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 07, 2015
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
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 06, 2015
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
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
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 01, 2014
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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