Articles by George Monbiot
The Erosion of Memory | published in the Guardian 30th June 2021
George Monbiot · The ruination of a once-thriving area of Ethiopia is the result of war and its associated crimes. The world needs to wake up
Academic Publishers Make Murdoch Look Like a Socialist | George Monbiot | Mon 29 Aug 2011
George Monbiot · Academic publishers charge vast fees to access research paid for by us. Down with the knowledge monopoly racketeers
Want to Tackle Inequality? Then First Change Our Land Ownership Laws
George Monbiot · What is the most neglected issue in British politics? I would say land. Literally and metaphorically, land underlies our lives, but its ownership and control have been captured by a tiny number of people. The results include soaring...
Dare to Declare Capitalism Dead – Before It Takes Us All Down With It
George Monbiot · The economic system is incompatible with the survival of life on Earth. It is time to design a new one.
No Effective Means of Stopping Climate Breakdown Is Deemed “Politically Realistic.” So We Must Change Political Realities.
George Monbiot · It was a moment of the kind that changes lives. At a press conference held by Extinction Rebellion last week, two of us journalists pressed the activists on whether their aims were realistic. They have called, for example, for carbon...
Pathological Consumption Has Become So Normalised That We Scarcely Notice It
George Monbiot · There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a “hilarious” inflatable zimmer frame; a...
Why Libertarians Must Deny Climate Change, in One Short Take
George Monbiot · I must applaud Matt Bruenig's summing up of the inherent conflict between libertarianism and environmental issues
Circle of Life - How Doughnut Economics Could Change Everything
George Monbiot · By reframing the economy, Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics changes our view of who we are and where we stand.
This Is How to Stop Demagogues and Extremists: Rebuild Community
Celebrity Is Not Just Harmless Fun – It’s the Lieutenant of Exploitation
George Monbiot · Our failure to understand the link between fame and big business made the rise of Trump inevitable
13 Crises That We All Must Face
George Monbiot · We face (at least) 13 major crises, some of which are immediate. It’s time for some hard thinking about how we confront them.
The Deep History Behind Trump's Rise
George Monbiot · How a ruthless network of super-rich ideologues killed choice and destroyed people’s faith in politics
Welcome to the Post-Hobbesian Dystopia: A War of Everyone Against Themselves
George Monbiot · Why should plagues of mental illness surprise us, in a world being ripped apart?
The Age of Loneliness
George Monbiot · Competition and individualism are forcing us into a devastating Age of Loneliness
The Climate Crisis Is Here But Corporate Media Doesn’t Want You to Know
George Monbiot · What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of our lives, and towards topics of brain-melting irrelevance.
Roots in the Rubble
George Monbiot · The decision to leave the EU is a disaster, but also a great opportunity for renewal
Neoliberalism - the Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems
George Monbiot · Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all.
The Zombie Doctrine - Neoliberalism Rules The World
George Monbiot · Crisis after crisis is being caused by a failed ideology. But it cannot be stopped without a coherent alternative.
The Lesser Evil - Plea From a Pro-European Eurosceptic
George Monbiot · I am starting to hate the European Union. But I will vote to stay in.
Drowning in Money
George Monbiot · The hidden and remarkable story of why devastating floods keep happening.
Endless Economic Growth is Fundamentally Unsustainable
George Monbiot · The belief that economic growth can be detached from destruction appears to be based on a simple accounting mistake.
America's Terrorist Training Camp
George Monbiot. · What’s the difference between Al Qaeda and Fort Benning?
Indonesia Is Burning, The World Is Looking Away
George Monbiot · In the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century (so far), Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke. And the media.
Human Kind
George Monbiot · Fascinating new lines of research suggest that we are good people, tolerating bad things.
There May Be Flowing Water on Mars. But Is There Intelligent Life on Earth?
George Monbiot · While we marvel at Nasa’s discoveries, we destroy our irreplaceable natural resources – so we can buy pre-peeled bananas and smartphones for dogs
Britain's Mafia State
George Monbiot · Where does legitimate business end and organised crime begin?
Greece is the Latest Battleground in the Financial Elite’s War on Democracy
George Monbiot · From laissez-faire economics in 18th-century India to neoliberalism in today’s Europe the subordination of human welfare to power is a brutal tradition
Why We Fight for the Living World: It's About Love
George Monbiot · In defending the natural world, we should be honest about our motivations – it’s love that drives us, not money.
The Cruelties of Factory Farming Shelter Behind a Fairytale Image
George Monbiot · The way that meat, eggs and milk are produced is surrounded by one of our great silences, in which most people collaborate. We don’t want to know, because knowing would force anyone with a capacity for empathy to change their diet.
Everything Is Connected
George Monbiot · The interactions between wildlife and the physical planet are more complex and fascinating than we could ever have imagined.
Why We Couldn't Care Less about the Natural World
George Monbiot · That didn't take long. The public interest in the state of the natural world stimulated by the winter floods receded almost as quickly as the waters did.
One Rolex Short of Contentment
George Monbiot · That they are crass, brash and trashy goes without saying. But there is something in the pictures posted on Rich Kids of Instagram (and highlighted by the Guardian last week(1)) that inspires more than the usual revulsion towards crude...
If children lose contact with nature they won't fight for it
George Monbiot · 'One woe doth tread upon another's heel, So fast they follow". That radical green pressure group PriceWaterhouseCoopers warns that even if the present rate of global decarbonisation were to double, we would still be on cours
The day the world went mad
George Monbiot · Yesterday was August 28th 2012. Remember that date. It marks the day when the world went raving mad. Three things of note happened. The first is that a record Arctic ice melt had just been announced by the scientists studying the...