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Rooting Out Democracy

By George Monbiot PhD

One of neoliberalism’s promises was that it would free us from bureaucracy. By rolling back the state, it would vanquish the stifling power of officialdom, granting us unprecedented freedom and opportunity. This promise runs through the works of Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, and Ludwig von Mises’ book Bureaucracy. But in place of the old bureaucracy, it has […]

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How Labour could lead the global economy out of the 20th century

By George Monbiot PhD

We are still living in the long 20th century. We are stuck with its redundant technologies: the internal combustion engine, thermal power plants, factory farms. We are stuck with its redundant politics: unfair electoral systems, their capture by funders and lobbyists, the failure to temper representation with real participation. And we are stuck with its […]

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Goodbye – and good riddance – to livestock farming

By George Monbiot PhD

What will future generations, looking back on our age, see as its monstrosities? We think of slavery, the subjugation of women, judicial torture, the murder of heretics, imperial conquest and genocide, the first world war and the rise of fascism, and ask ourselves how people could have failed to see the horror of what they […]

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The Golden Arches Theory of Decline

By George Monbiot PhD

George Monbiot Columnist, The Guardian , UK   Why is there a worldwide revolt against politics as usual? Because corporate globalisation has crushed democratic choice. 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 Americans now […]

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Life and Death

By George Monbiot PhD

George Monbiot Columnist, The Guardian, UK   The remarkable decline in violence between humans suggests that we could also restrain our violence against the planet. This is humanity’s great paradox. We are the only animal capable of sustained empathy and altruism towards unrelated beings. And we are the only animal that murders so many of […]

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The Deep History Behind Trump’s Rise – by George Monbiot

By George Monbiot PhD

How a ruthless network of super-rich ideologues killed choice and destroyed people’s faith in politics 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 her colleagues, or so the story goes, was explaining what […]

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Talking Cure – by George Monbiot

By George Monbiot PhD

Only by crossing social boundaries and coming together can we resist the forces that threaten to crush us. 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. […]

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What Lies Beneath – by George Monbiot

By George Monbiot PhD

It’s a simple choice: stop all fossil fuel prospecting, or break the Paris agreement on climate change. Do they understand what they have signed? Plainly they do not. Governments like ours, now ratifying the Paris agreement on climate change, haven’t the faintest idea what it means. Either that, or they have no intention of honouring […]

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