The Never-Spotted Leopard

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Are repeated sightings of non-existent big cats evidence of a yearning for a wilder life? An extract from Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding, by George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 22nd May 2013. by George Monbiot The setting was unimprovable. Across the fields, Maiden Castle, a turretted fortress of living rock,… Read more »

La Nouvelle Trahison des Clercs

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When scholars sell out, the consequences are grave. by George Monbiot In 1927 the French philosopher Julien Benda published a piercing attack on the intellectuals of his day. They should, he argued in La Trahison des Clercs (the treason of the scholars) act as a check on popular passions(1). Civilisation, he claimed, is possible only… Read more »

Via Dolorosa

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Corruption and short-termism are pushing us along the path of sorrows. by George Monbiot The records go back 800,000 years: that’s the age of the oldest fossil air bubbles extracted from Dome C, an ice-bound summit in the high Antarctic. And throughout that time there has been nothing like this. At no point in the… Read more »

Where Hope Flows

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If the “hardest-worked river in the world” can recover to this extent, almost anything is possible. by George Monbiot River Wandle Photo: Keith Rose Warning: this article begins with a spoiler. If you have not read The Road already and intend to do so, please skip the first three paragraphs. Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road,… Read more »

The Providential Principle

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Amazingly, the UK government has not defined the precautionary principle and appears to have no idea what it is. by George Monbiot Click for larger view Here’s something remarkable I stumbled across while researching my column on Monday, but did not have room to include. I hope you’ll agree that it is worth sharing. I… Read more »

Suckled on Lies

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The case for banning advertisements aimed at children is overwhelming. by George Monbiot How many people believe this makes the world a better place? A company called TenNine has hung advertising hoardings in the corridors and common rooms of 750 British schools(1). Among its clients are Nike, Adidas, Orange, Tesco and Unilever(2). It boasts that… Read more »

The Self-Hating State

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Devolving policy to “the market” doesn’t solve the problem of power. It makes it worse. by George Monbiot In other ages, states sought to seize as much power as they could. Today, the self-hating state renounces its powers. Governments anathematise governance. They declare their role redundant and illegitimate. They launch furious assaults upon their own… Read more »

The Great Unmentionable

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We have offshored both our consumption and our perceptions by George Monbiot Every society has topics it does not discuss. These are the issues which challenge its comfortable assumptions. They are the ones that remind us of mortality, which threaten the continuity we anticipate, which expose our various beliefs as irreconcilable. Among them are the… Read more »

Political Barbed Wire

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Why are 97% of our rivers shut to the public? A millionaire minister’s amazing conflicts of interest give you a clue. by George Monbiot Nowhere in Britain is power more concentrated than in the countryside. Some people claim we have the second lowest distribution of land in the world, after Brazil. Because (thanks to the… Read more »