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, November 08, 2011
The 1% Are the Very Best Destroyers of Wealth the World Has Ever Seen
If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy. This means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren't responsible.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Millionaires and Corporations Are Using Tax Breaks to Help Sway Public Opinion
Since the late 19th century, the very rich have been paying people to demand less government. The work of Herbert Spencer , for example, was sponsored by Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller and Thomas Edison. Spencer believed that society changed according to evolutionary laws. Humans were evolving towards perfection, but this process was inhibited by interference from the state.
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Friday, September 23, 2011
A Billionaires' Coup in the US
There are two ways of cutting a deficit: raising taxes or reducing spending. Raising taxes means taking money from the rich. Cutting spending means taking money from the poor. Not in all cases of course: some taxation is regressive; some state spending takes money from ordinary citizens and gives it to banks, arms companies, oil barons and farmers.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2010
We've Been Conned. The Deal to Save the Natural World Never Happened
'Countries join forces to save life on Earth", the front page of the Independent told us. "Historic", "a landmark", a "much-needed morale booster", the other papers chorused.
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Monday, October 25, 2010
The Tea Party Movement: Deluded and Inspired by Billionaires
The Tea Party movement is remarkable in two respects. It is one of the biggest exercises in false consciousness the world has seen – and the biggest Astroturf operation in history. These accomplishments are closely related.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
It Goes Against Our Nature, but the Left Has to Start Asserting Its Own Values
So here we are, forming an orderly queue at the slaughterhouse gate. The punishment of the poor for the errors of the rich, the abandonment of universalism, the dismantling of the shelter the state provides: apart from a few small protests, none of this has yet brought us out fighting.
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Monday, October 04, 2010
Worse Than Pollution: Crazy Ants, Bird-Eating Mice and Murdering Mink
On a dark night last week a group of animal rights activists in Donegal made their own special contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity. They cut their way into a fur farm and released 5,000 mink . This, within their circles, was considered a clever thing to do.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Short, Happy Life of Climate Change Enlightenment
The closer it comes, the worse it looks. The best outcome anyone now expects from December's climate summit in Mexico is that some delegates might stay awake during the meetings. When talks fail once, as they did in Copenhagen, governments lose interest. They don't want to be associated with failure, they don't want to pour time and energy into a broken process. Nine years after the world trade negotiations moved to Mexico after failing in Qatar, they remain in diplomatic limbo. Nothing in the preparations for the climate talks suggests any other outcome.
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Let Them Eat Meat – But Farm It Properly
This will not be an easy column to write. I am about to put down 1,200 words in support of a book that starts by attacking me and often returns to this sport. But it has persuaded me that I was wrong. More to the point, it has opened my eyes to some fascinating complexities in what seemed to be a black and white case.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
Filth and Fury: A 'Climategate' Reflection
"You are a fucking douchebag. You pathetic fucking Phony. I hope there is an earthquake right under your fucking house and swallows you into hell." Does this offend you? If so, you haven't been involved in the climate wars. This message, one of many sent recently to climate scientists and now published by the Guardian( 1 ), is almost sweet by comparison to the gallant emails some of us receive every week.
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