English writer and political activist
- If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.
- "The Self-Attribution Fallacy", 7 November 2011.
- People in eastern Congo are massacred to facilitate smart phone upgrades of ever diminishing marginal utility. Forests are felled to make “personalised heart-shaped wooden cheese board sets”. Rivers are poisoned to manufacture talking fish. This is pathological consumption: a world-consuming epidemic of collective madness, rendered so normal by advertising and the media that we scarcely notice what has happened to us.
- "The Gift of Death", The Guardian, 11 December 2012.
- [About the Paris Agreement:] By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster.
- While we call ourselves animal lovers, and lavish kindness on our dogs and cats, we inflict brutal deprivations on billions of animals that are just as capable of suffering. The hypocrisy is so rank that future generations will marvel at how we could have failed to see it.
- "Goodbye – and good riddance – to livestock farming", The Guardian, 4 October 2017.
- Economic growth is the aggregate effect of the quest to accumulate capital and extract profit. Capitalism collapses without growth, yet perpetual growth on a finite planet leads inexorably to environmental calamity.
- "Dare to declare capitalism dead – before it takes us all down with it", The Guardian, 25 April 2019.
- Of all the varieties of media bias, the deepest is the bias against relevance. The more important the issue, the less it is discussed.
- "Stop eating fish. It’s the only way to save the life in our seas", The Guardian, 9 May 2019.
- The power of consumerism is that it renders us powerless. It traps us within a narrow circle of decision-making, in which we mistake insignificant choices between different varieties of destruction for effective change. It is, we must admit, a brilliant con. It’s the system we need to change, rather than the products of the system. It is as citizens that we must act, rather than as consumers. [...] Only mass political disruption, out of which can be built new and more responsive democratic structures, can deliver the necessary transformation.
- "The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me", The Guardian, 9 October 2019.
The Age of Consent (2003)Edit
- Everything has been globalised, except our consent. Democracy alone has been confined to the nation state. It stands at the border, suitcase in hand, without a passport.
"Campaigning for Austerity" (2005)Edit
- Nobody ever rioted for austerity.
- Faced with a choice between the survival of the planet and a new set of matching tableware, most people would choose the tableware.
- While there are many reasons for the growth of individualism in the UK, the extreme libertarianism now beginning to take hold here begins on the road. When you drive, society becomes an obstacle.
Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning (2006)Edit
- We are the most fortunate generation that has ever lived. And we are the most fortunate generation that ever will.
- No political challenge can be met by shopping.