One Rolex Short of Contentment

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Materialism promises satisfaction. It delivers despair. by George Monbiot All photos taken from Rich Kids of Instagram That they are crass, brash and trashy goes without saying. But there is something in the pictures posted on Rich Kids of Instagram (and highlighted by the Guardian last week(1)) that inspires more than the usual revulsion towards… Read more »

Transylvanian Count to Chair Bloodbank

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A new government appointment provides a chilling insight into its priorities. by George Monbiot (UK) You want to appoint a new chairman for Natural England, the government body responsible for protecting nature. Do you look for: a. someone with a background in ecology and a track record of interest in the natural world? Or b…. Read more »

Interview with Richard Heinberg: Do We Really Need Economic Growth?

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Marcin Gerwin (Poland): For most heads of states, the prime minister of Poland included, the central point of economic policy is maintaining or increasing economic growth. The aim is to encourage people to consume more goods and services every year so that the Gross Domestic Product continues to grow. Do you think it’s a realistic… Read more »

“Managing Transparency”

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Editor’s Note: It’s hard to overstate the importance of fighting these behind-the-scenes actions by corporate lobbyists and lawyers. See Box 1 on this page to get a small idea of the big consequences of allowing the profit motive to be prioritised over the public good. Politicians and officials are desperately seeking to justify their transatlantic… Read more »

Retracting Séralini Study Violates Science and Ethics

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Publishing giant of fake pharmaceutical journals fame now retracting damning research findings against GMOs and Roundup herbicide on behalf of the biotech industry. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho and Prof Peter Saunders Giles-Eric Séralini, a professor of molecular biology at Caen University, led a toxicological study on GM maize and Roundup herbicide involving 200 rats over… Read more »

Hidden Interests

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The BBC’s disgraceful failure to reveal who its contributors are speaking for. by George Monbiot Do the BBC’s editorial guidelines count for anything? I ask because it disregards them every day, by failing to reveal the commercial interests of its contributors.

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 »

Connected – A Film for Change

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‘Connected’ is a film made by Paul and Kate Maple, a UK based family who have made it their lives for the last 4 years. Worried about the future and the seemingly insurmountable mountain of problems in the world, Paul and Kate decided to ditch their busy lives and start working out if there was… 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 »

Retrofitting a Small Town

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For the last four years, I have been dreaming of retrofitting a small town with a group of like-minded individuals with a diverse set of skills. I talk a lot about this in my courses, and it always gets a group of people charged up. It seems as though there are a lot of people… Read more »