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Articles from George Monbiot


June 10, 2015 - 03:30 -- Admin

Surrender your freedom, avoid daylight, live to work, and you too could join a toxic, paranoid elite.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 10th June 2015

Perhaps because the alternative is hideous to contemplate, we persuade ourselves that those who wield power know what they are doing. The belief in a guiding intelligence is hard to shake.

The Abuses of Enchantment

May 29, 2015 - 21:25 -- Admin

The cruelties of factory farming shelter behind a fairytale image, promoted by advertisers and children’s authors.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website 29th May 2015

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.


May 22, 2015 - 19:51 -- Admin

The destruction of some of the last of the huge animals that shaped us inflicts a great wound in our lives.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website 22nd May 2015

Fowl Deeds

May 20, 2015 - 07:11 -- Admin

The astonishing, multiple crises caused by chicken farming.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th May 2015

It’s the insouciance that baffles me. To participate in the killing of an animal: this is a significant decision. It spreads like a fungal mycelium into the heartwood of our lives. Yet many people eat meat sometimes two or three times a day, casually and hurriedly, often without even marking the fact.

Ground Control

May 13, 2015 - 18:02 -- Admin

There’s a great future for left-wing politics – built from the bottom up

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 13th May 2015

Leadership comes from below: that’s what most successful progressive parties have in common. Left-wing parties have triumphed where politics have been reshaped by powerful social movements, and failed where they rely on passive support. The late 20th-century model, of speeches, spin and central diktats, is a dud.

Otter Joy

May 7, 2015 - 18:47 -- Admin

The return of Britain’s otters offers a glimpse of rewilding’s great rewards

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 7th May 2015

A Hole in the System

April 29, 2015 - 05:50 -- Admin

The outrageous, untold story of how big business dumps its costs on us.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 29th April 2015

Wrapped up in this story is everything that’s wrong with the way our economy works. Corporations ream the land with giant holes, extract a stack of money, then clear out, leaving other people with the costs. There’s a briefer description: legalised theft.