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George Monbiot

English writer and political activist
George Monbiot

George Monbiot (born 27 January 1963) is a journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist in the United Kingdom who writes a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper.

QuotesEdit

  • If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

"The Anti-Socialist Bastards in Our Midst" (2005)Edit

  • 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.

"Eco-junk" (2007)Edit

  • No political challenge can be met by shopping.

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