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Articles from George Monbiot

Imaginary Friends

December 22, 2016 - 19:01 -- Admin

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 essential component of the systems that govern our lives?

The Fortifying Commons

December 15, 2016 - 21:24 -- Admin

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

The Misinformation Machine

December 1, 2016 - 21:55 -- Admin

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, we need to understand who they are. I know all too well, because I have spent the past 15 years fighting them.

Unlucky Number

November 28, 2016 - 23:34 -- Admin

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 us. There may be more. Please feel free to add to it or to knock it down. I’m sorry to say that it’s not happy reading.

The Drums of War

November 24, 2016 - 22:33 -- Admin

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

One-Way Street

November 10, 2016 - 03:28 -- Admin

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

Talking Cure

November 7, 2016 - 23:13 -- Admin

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 to come together. Our social brains forbid any other outcome. They urge us to reach out, even when the world seems hostile.

The Man in the Mirror

October 28, 2016 - 17:51 -- Admin

Donald Trump is not an outlier, but the distillation of our dominant values

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 26th October 2016

What is the worst thing about Donald Trump? The lies? The racist stereotypes? The misogyny? The alleged gropings? The apparent refusal to accept democratic outcomes? All these are bad enough. But they’re not the worst. The worst thing about Donald Trump is that he’s the man in the mirror.