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George Monbiot: Lighten the Darkness

How dark money is subverting democracy in the UK. By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 17th May 2017 How is this acceptable? A multimillionaire City asset manager has pledged …

2017-05-26 10:38   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Fell Purpose

The attempt to turn the Lake District into a World Heritage site would be a disaster By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th May 2017 If this bid for …

2017-05-19 14:27   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Destructive Party

Those who claim to be “conservatives” would shred the very fabric of the nation. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd May 2017 Conservatism takes three main forms. Inclusive …

2017-05-09 18:08   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Case Against Competence

I would rather live with Jeremy Corbyn’s gentle dithering than Theresa May’s brutal efficiency By George Monbiot, published in The Guardian, 26th April 2017 Where are the nosepegs this time? …

2017-04-27 06:46   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Disavowal

A note on the poison gas attack at Khan Sheikhoun, Syria By George Monbiot, published on monbiot.com, 27th April 2017 There’s an element on the left that seems determined to …

2017-04-27 06:30   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Circle of Life

By reframing the economy, Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics changes our view of who we are and where we stand. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 12th April 2017 So …

2017-04-13 06:51   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Problem With Freedom

Freedom is used as the excuse for ripping down public protections on behalf of the very rich. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 5th April 2017 Propaganda works by …

2017-04-07 09:05   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Scot Free

Why would Scotland wish to be tethered to the political wasteland south of the border? By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th March 2017 Here is the question the …

2017-04-03 12:00   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Use IT or Lose it

Digital technologies could be used to destroy democracy, or to save it. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 7th March 2017 Has a digital coup begun? Is big data …

2017-03-08 09:23   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Car Sick

A short, simple factsheet on the impacts of traffic pollution on children’s health By George Monbiot, published on monbiot.com, 5th March 2017 I wrote this short factsheet for a local …

2017-03-05 12:10   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Screened Out

For some of those immersed in virtual worlds, everything loses its meaning – even racism and fascism. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 1st March 2017 Everything is possible. …

2017-03-02 09:21   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Factory Outlet

My (very controversial) column on the lives for which the schooling system prepares our children. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th February 2017 In the future, if you …

2017-02-16 15:07   Click to comment

George Monbiot: All Together Now

This is how to stop demagogues and extremists: rebuild community. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 8th February 2017 Without community, politics is dead. But communities have been scattered …

2017-02-09 10:16   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Primal Thrill

Kayaking with basking sharks provides a glimpse of the wonders we could experience if our seas are rewilded. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 4th February 2017 I believe …

2017-02-08 11:44   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Dark Arts

How a dark money network is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd February 2017 It took corporate America a while …

2017-02-04 07:54   Click to comment

George Monbiot: All About That Base

Our democracies are broken, debased and distrusted. Here are some ideas for restoring them. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 25th January 2017 Debased and de-based: that’s the condition …

2017-01-26 09:42   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Pollution Paradox

Dirty industries spend more on politics, keeping us in the fossil age. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th January 2017 Make America Wait Again. That’s what Donald Trump’s …

2017-01-20 09:50   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Grim Reaping

Brexit could wreck the British countryside – or it could save it. It depends on getting our voices heard. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th January 2017 We …

2017-01-11 06:46   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Explanation of the Figures in Grim Reaping

This explains how the rough estimates of the area occupied by sheep in the UK were derived. By George Monbiot, published on monbiot.com, 11th January 2017. The total average consumption …

2017-01-11 06:44   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Hills Are Dead

The terrible legacy of European farm subsidies – and how we could use Brexit as an opportunity for something better This is George Monbiot[1]‘s submission to the House of Commons …

2017-01-04 19:28   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Stung into Action

A strange tale from the forests of West Papua By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th December 2016 This story has no message or purpose. It is one of …

2016-12-29 07:31   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Imaginary Friends

Celebrity is not harmless fun – it’s the lieutenant of exploitation. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 21st December 2016 Now that a reality TV star is preparing to become president of the United States, can we agree that celebrity culture is more than just harmless fun? That it might in fact be an

2016-12-22 08:01   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Fortifying Commons

In the first of a series of columns about possible solutions, I explore how commons could transform society and the distribution of wealth By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 14th December 2016 With one breath, the friends of power told us that global capitalism was a dynamic, disruptive force, the source of constant innovation

2016-12-15 10:24   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Golden Arches Theory of Decline

Why is there a worldwide revolt against politics as usual? Because corporate globalisation has crushed democratic choice. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 6th December 2016 A wave of revulsion rolls around the world. Approval ratings for incumbent leaders are everywhere collapsing. Symbols, slogans and sensation trump facts and nuanced argument. One in six

2016-12-10 07:32   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Misinformation Machine

Donald Trump’s staff are drawn from an opaque network of corporate-funded thinktanks and fake grassroots campaigns By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 30th November 2016 Yes, Donald Trump’s politics are incoherent. But those who surround him know just what they want, and his lack of clarity enhances their power. To understand what is coming,

2016-12-01 10:55   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Unlucky Number

We face (at least) 13 major crises, some of which are immediate. It’s time for some hard thinking about how we confront them. By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 25 November 2016 Please don’t read this unless you are feeling strong. This is a list of 13 major crises that, I believe, confront

2016-11-28 12:34   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Drums of War

The combination of automation, complexity and climate change is dangerous in ways we haven’t even begun to grasp. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 23rd November 2016 Wave the magic wand and the problem goes away. Those pesky pollution laws, carbon caps and clean power plans: swish them away and the golden age of

2016-11-24 11:33   Click to comment

George Monbiot: The Deep History Behind Trump’s Rise

How a ruthless network of super-rich ideologues killed choice and destroyed people’s faith in politics By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 14th November 2016 The events that led to Donald Trump’s election started in England in 1975. At a meeting a few months after Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative party, one of

2016-11-15 10:08   Click to comment

George Monbiot: One-Way Street

The High Court judgement on air pollution is an opportunity to rethink our whole transport system. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th November 2016 The government’s defeat in the High Court last week was devastating – but I’m not talking about the Brexit judgement. The environmental lawyers ClientEarth sued it over air pollution

2016-11-09 16:28   Click to comment

George Monbiot: Talking Cure

Only by crossing social boundaries and coming together can we resist the forces that threaten to crush us. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 2nd November 2016 If there is an irrepressible human trait, it’s the determination, against all odds, to reconnect. Though governments seek to atomise and rule, we will keep finding ways

2016-11-07 12:13   Click to comment


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