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Articles from George Monbiot

Natural Language

August 11, 2017 - 22:07 -- Admin

If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th August 2017


If Moses had promised the Israelites a land flowing with mammary secretions and insect vomit, would they have followed him into Canaan? Though this means milk and honey, I doubt it.

Out of the Wreckage

August 1, 2017 - 20:15 -- Admin

A New Politics for an Age of Crisis

What does the good life—and the good society—look like in the twenty-first century?

A toxic ideology rules the world – of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world.

Game of Chicken

July 27, 2017 - 23:56 -- Admin

Global trade once made us rich. Now it unleashes a full-spectrum assault on our well-being.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 26th July 2017

Missing Link

July 22, 2017 - 00:59 -- Admin

How a secretive network built around a Nobel prizewinner set out to curtail our freedoms

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th July 2017

The Lie of the Land

July 14, 2017 - 00:00 -- Admin

The Lake District’s world heritage status reveals a widespread betrayal of the living world, by both conservation groups and the UN

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 12th July 2017

Black Box

July 12, 2017 - 02:39 -- Admin

Unesco’s tragicomic aversion to public engagement.

By George Monbiot, published on, 12th July 2017

This is supporting material for my column on the Lake District’s acquisition of World Heritage status, that will be published on this site under the title Lie of the Land.

Covering Fire

July 7, 2017 - 02:11 -- Admin

The public inquiry into Grenfell Tower will be a farce unless it examines the long-running assault on public protections.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 5th July 2017

We don’t allow defendants in court cases to select the charges on which they will be tried. So why should the government set the terms of a public inquiry into its own failings? We don’t allow criminal suspects to vet the trial judge. Why should the government approve the inquiry’s chair?

Secrets and Lies

June 29, 2017 - 18:49 -- Admin

Brexit should be halted until we know who paid for the Leave vote

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th June 2017


Should the EU referendum be annulled? For the past year I’ve been arguing that this would mean defying a democratic decision – even if it was informed by lies. Democracy is not negotiable.