Spend, Don’t Mend

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Advertising and consumerism dull our capacity for empathy. by George Monbiot Guilt is good. It’s the feature that distinguishes the rest of the population from psychopaths. It’s the sensation you are able to feel when you possess a capacity for empathy. But guilt inhibits consumption. So a global industry has developed to smother it with… Read more »

Why Politics Fails

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Nothing will change until we confront the real sources of power. by George Monbiot It’s the reason for the collapse of democratic choice. It’s the source of our growing disillusionment with politics. It’s the great unmentionable. Corporate power. The media will scarcely whisper its name. It is howlingly absent from parliamentary debates. Until we name… Read more »

A Festival of Toxic Waste

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How about building bonfires without the old sofas and painted boards? by George Monbiot “Bonfire Night Kills Whales” is the sort of headline that gives environmentalists a bad name. But the facts can’t be helped, even if the messengers must be shot for sounding like killjoys. Most communities have festivals of subversion, in which the… Read more »

A Global Ban on Left-Wing Politics

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That’s what the new rules being smuggled into trade agreements are delivering. by George Monbiot Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? No, I don’t either. Mind you, I spent… Read more »

Breach of Trust

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Ill-informed and incoherent: the head of the National Trust talks nonsense on fracking. by George Monbiot “It’s not for me to judge the relative merits of fracking versus wind turbines.” So said Dame Helen Ghosh, the National Trust’s new director-general. To this there are two obvious responses. The first is: yes, as the head of… Read more »

Thinking Like a Forest

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Why do conservation groups help to keep our wildlife in a state of extreme depletion? by George Monbiot I returned from the meetings filled with amazement, and the stirrings of a hope which has been all too rare in recent years. First, at the launch of Rewilding Europe’s Wildlife Comeback report three weeks ago, I… Read more »

Elite Insurgency

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The real threat to the national interest comes from the rich and powerful by George Monbiot Subversion ain’t what it used to be. Today it scarcely figures as a significant force. Nation states are threatened by something else. Superversion: an attack from above.

Climate Breakdown

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How governments bemoan the problem but keep stoking the fires. by George Monbiot Already, a thousand blogs and columns insist that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s new report is a rabid concoction of scare stories whose purpose is to destroy the global economy. But it is, in reality, highly conservative. Reaching agreement among hundreds… Read more »

Rewild the Child

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A week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom. by George Monbiot What is the best way to knacker a child’s education? Force him or her to spend too long in the classroom. An overview of research into outdoor education by King’s College London found that children who spend time learning in… Read more »

Age of Unreason

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The governments of Britain, Canada and Australia are trying to stamp out scientific dissent. by George Monbiot Click for larger view Courtesy: Marc Roberts It’s as clear and chilling a statement of intent as you’re likely to read. Scientists should be “the voice of reason, rather than dissent, in the public arena.”(1) Vladimir Putin? Kim… Read more »

Apple Turnover

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Apple offers 21st Century technology – with 19th Century ethics. Bangka Island (Source) Are you excited by the launch of Apple’s new iPhones? Have you decided to get one? Do you have any idea what you’re buying? If so, you’re on your own. When asked where it obtains its minerals, Apple, which has done so… Read more »

Law of the Landed

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A remarkable “mistake” by the police hints at who wields power in the UK. by George Monbiot Who runs this country? It’s a question every voter should ask themselves. Look at the revelations about the mass surveillance of citizens by GCHQ and the US National Security Agency; the exposure of the intimate relationships between Rupert… Read more »