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, June 26, 2012
What We Know After Rio: Governments Have Given Up on the Planet
It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war. The Earth's living systems are collapsing, and the leaders of some of the most powerful nations – the United States, the UK, Germany, Russia – could not even be bothered to turn up and discuss it.
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Nowhere, Nothing, Nada: Rio+20 Draft Text is 283 Paragraphs of Fluff
In 1992, world leaders signed up to something called "sustainability" . Few of them were clear about what it meant; I suspect that many of them had no idea. Perhaps as a result, it did not take long for this concept to mutate into something subtly different: "sustainable development". Then it made a short jump to another term: "sustainable growth".
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Earth Cannot Be Saved by Hope and Billionaires
Worn down by hope. That's the predicament of those who have sought to defend the earth's living systems. Every time governments meet to discuss the environmental crisis, we are told that this is the "make or break summit", on which the future of the world depends.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Imperialism Didn't End. These Days It's Known as International Law
The conviction of Charles Taylor , the former president of Liberia, is said to have sent an unequivocal message to current leaders: that great office confers no immunity.
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Monday, March 05, 2012
How Ayn Rand Became the New Right's Version of Marx
It has a fair claim to be the ugliest philosophy the postwar world has produced. Selfishness, it contends, is good, altruism evil, empathy and compassion are irrational and destructive. The poor deserve to die; the rich deserve unmediated power. It has already been tested, and has failed spectacularly and catastrophically.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
We Need to Know Who Funds These Thinktank Lobbyists
Shocking, fascinating, entirely unsurprising: the leaked documents, if authentic, confirm what we suspected but could not prove. The Heartland Institute, which has helped lead the war against climate science in the United States, is funded among others by tobacco firms, fossil fuel companies and one of the billionaire Koch brothers.
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Tuesday, February 07, 2012
The Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by a Too-Polite Left
Self-deprecating, too liberal for their own good, today's progressives stand back and watch, hands over their mouths, as the social vivisectionists of the right slice up a living society to see if its component parts can survive in isolation. Tied up in knots of reticence and self-doubt, they will not shout stop.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
With Its Deadly Drones, the US is Fighting a Coward's War
The ancient Greeks, unlike the Jews or the Christians, invested their gods with human failings. Divine judgment, they believed, was neither flawless nor dispassionate; it was warped by lust, vengeance and self-interest. In the hands of Zeus, the thunderbolt was both an instrument of justice and a weapon of jealousy and revenge.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This Bastardized Libertarianism Makes 'Freedom' an Instrument of Oppression
Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the right-wing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice?
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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Why Is It So Easy to Save the Banks – but So Hard to Save the Biosphere?
They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to bail out the planet is taking decades.
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