- 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, December 11, 2012
Campaigning for Austerity (2005-02-03)
- 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.
Heat - How to Stop the Planet From Burning (2006-10-17)
- We are the most fortunate generation that has ever lived. And we are the most fortunate generation that ever will.
The Age of Consent
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.
- 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.
- No political challenge can be met by shopping.
The Self-Attribution Fallacy
- If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire