Leading political and environmental commentator on where we have gone wrong, and what to do about it
“Without countervailing voices, naming and challenging power, political freedom withers and dies. Without countervailing voices, a better world can never materialise. Without countervailing voices, wells will still be dug and bridges will still be built, but only for the few. Food will still be grown, but it will not reach the mouths of the poor. New medicines will be developed, but they will be inaccessible to many of those in need.”
George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do.
While his diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted and reasonable, he also develops solutions to challenge the politics of fear. How do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? What can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future? Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, How Did We Get into this Mess? makes a persuasive case for change in our everyday lives, our politics and economics, the ways we treat each other and the natural world.
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This book is a collection of essays written by George Monbiot, whom I had never heard of before but is now one of my favorite journalists, throughout the last 10+ years. It helps that I agree with Mr. Monbiot on nearly every point he makes, but beyond my political affinity for his views he once again illustrates that *good* journalists write the best books. Even when they are written by people I can't stand, books written by journalists are almost always fantastic reads. Luckily, I now adore Mr. Monbiot AND he holds true to the standard of authorship I have set for journalists.
Covering topics such as environmental preservation, Scottish independence, money in politics, economic development, and many other hot-topics of the day, George Monbiot provides readers with citation-heavy essays arguing his points of view --with plenty of scientific and evidence-based backup. While I am fairly well-informed in most of these topics, I still learned so much from this book (and...
This is the 4th book by George Monbiot that I have enjoyed greatly. It is a collection of 53 essays, written from 2007 to 2015, plus a lively introduction in which he expresses his conviction that "without countervailing voices, naming and challenging power ... a better world [for the majority] can never materialize." In essays that touch on an incredibly wide range of important topics (scientific, environmental, historical, political and cultural), Monbiot does his part to encourage mobilisation for progressive change not only by criticizing harmful policies & practices but also by proposing realistic alternatives. The depth & rigour of his research is reflected in the detailed notes and references that accompany each of the essays. While applauding his insights, the reader will no doubt also enjoy his wit & the elegance & passion with which he writes. Samples of very recent essays, published weekly in The Guardian, can be found on his internet site.
Great, great journalism... It is always a delight to read Monbiot. His writing makes me look at things, institutions, governmebts and nature from a different perspective. His writing makes me want to fight for my rights and my planet.
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