George Monbiot

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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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
2012: The Year We Did Our Best to Abandon the Natural World
It was the year of living dangerously. In 2012 governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority over an immediate concern, however trivial.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Obama and Romney Remain Silent on Climate Change, The Biggest Issue of All
Here's a remarkable thing. Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama – with the exception of one throwaway line each – have mentioned climate change in the wake of hurricane Sandy.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
When Corporations Bankroll Politics, We All Pay the Price
It's a revolting spectacle: the two presidential candidates engaged in a frantic and demeaning scramble for money. By 6 November, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will each have raised more than $1bn. Other groups have already spent a further billion.
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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
We're One Crucial Step Closer to Seeing Tony Blair at The Hague
For years it seems impregnable, then suddenly the citadel collapses. An ideology, a fact, a regime appears fixed, unshakeable, almost geological. Then an inch of mortar falls, and the stonework begins to slide. Something of this kind happened over the weekend.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Along with the Arctic Ice, The Rich World's Smugness Will Melt
There are no comparisons to be made. This is not like war or plague or a stockmarket crash. We are ill-equipped, historically and psychologically, to understand it, which is one of the reasons why so many refuse to accept that it is happening.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Must the Poor Go Hungry Just So the Rich Can Drive?
I don't blame Mo Farah, Pele and Haile Gebrselassie , who lined up, all hugs and smiles, outside Downing Street for a photocall at the prime minister's hunger summit. Perhaps they were unaware of the way in which they were being used to promote David Cameron's corporate and paternalistic approach to overseas aid. Perhaps they were also unaware of the crime against humanity over which he presides.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
The Great Impostors: In the Name of Saving Natural World, Governments Are Privatizing It
'The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying 'This is mine', and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society.
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Friday, August 03, 2012
Stop This Culture of Paying Politicians for Denying Climate Change
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity." These words, from WB Yeats's poem The Second Coming, came to mind as I read the testimony from Wednesday's Senate hearings on climate change .
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
After 800 Years, the Barons are Back in Control of Britain
Hounded by police and bailiffs, evicted wherever they stopped, they did not mean to settle here. They had walked out of London to occupy disused farmland on the Queen's estates surrounding Windsor Castle. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that didn't work out very well. But after several days of pursuit, they landed two fields away from the place where modern democracy is commonly supposed to have been born.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
We Were Wrong on Peak Oil. There's Enough to Fry Us All
The facts have changed, now we must change too. For the past 10 years an unlikely coalition of geologists, oil drillers, bankers, military strategists and environmentalists has been warning that peak oil – the decline of global supplies – is just around the corner. We had some strong reasons for doing so: production had slowed, the price had risen sharply, depletion was widespread and appeared to be escalating.
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