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The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Naomi Klein's ‘No Logo’ told us what was wrong. Now, George Monbiot shows us how to put it right. Provocative, brave and beautifully argued, ‘The Age of Consent’ is nothing less than a manifesto for a new world order.

‘Our task is not to overthrow globalisation, but to capture it, and to use it as a vehicle for humanity's first global democratic revolution.’

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Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2003)
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Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that’ll change the way you think, if you thought you understood the current world order you may be in for a surprise. From the UN to the World Bank and the IMF to the WTO, I really didn’t understand how these organizations operated. This book has defenitely opened my eyes.
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Does it make any sense that a massive country like India and a tiny Andorra have the same say in the UN? Does it make any sense that the US can overturn any IMF and WB proposal merely due to their financial contribution? Even a retarded pumpkin can say obviously not. Many have argued that the UN is an unreformable anachronistic organization that really has not done much good, or maybe was not supposed to serve a noble cause at all in the first place. The people who are most affected have the lea ...more
Mark Hebden
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Rather than being a book about teenage promiscuity, the subtitle of this book is “A Manifesto for a New World Order”. As with many books of this nature it begins by trying to shock the reader, claiming that “Marx was wrong”, and “Marx laid the blueprint for Stalinist tyranny in the Communist Manifesto”. Despite this the author then goes on to explain his own manifesto which confirms many of the things Marx spoke of, such as egalitarianism and the withering away of the nation state. However, this ...more
Tony Fleming
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs "more" or a "why" from international affairs literature
A lesson in not judging a book by its cover. What looks like a manual for anarchist or Marxist revolution turned out to be a very critical look at both the state of the world and the movements attempting to change it. Monbiot is clearly looking for pragmatic answers to global problems--he utterly refutes anarchy, Marxism and self-appointed world constitutionalists. Buy one for your protestor friend and help them understand how to make a real difference. For those who are looking for a bit of ide ...more
Ron Joniak
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
As usual, George Monbiot's excellent writing style produces a great critical analysis of the current system and potential future systems. What I found most interesting in this Manifesto was Monbiot's critical analysis of Anarchism and the details involving the IMF and world banks.

This is a good read for anyone as it reads fast. Unfortunately, I did not feel strong enough about the proposed solutions, don't get me wrong, I think they are all decent/good and better than what is currently in place
Oct 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
This is a very strange product. A large hardcover book which is supposed to be 'a manifesto'. Weird.

The text is long. Unnecessarily long. With many parts of preaching or useless explanations which simply fog the text. On a second thought this is probably why the book gets such high ratings: the few ideas are spaced enough to forget what the point was. I don't recall to have seen a book that needs footnotes to the footnotes!

The key parts are strangely explained. See page 90. A global election is
Vib Pande
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, nwo
The excitement curve while reading this book started well, then sagged in the middle, to pick up again towards the ending. That makes for an average read, or to me the best it could be. I am thankful to the author for making me aware of strongly tied global politics and economics, aspects I'd heard laments about, but never come close to reading much about. Also thankful for the induced exploratory attitude - into John Keynes (and Keynesian economics), Michel Houellebecq, Jose Bove, Free trade, e ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Like most political manifestos, it did a terrible job presenting its own ideas but a great job finding holes in others. The idea of a "World Parliament" was naive and hand-wavy but I learned a lot about the extractive policies of the Bretton Woods, the IMF, and World Bank.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it

The book hardly warrants the title 'manifesto'
- overly simplistic and often repetitive
- doesn't reflect upon historically relevant paradigms of economic development - was actually surprised that they barely skimmed the surface of post-colonialism industrialisation
- little coherence between ideas (few of which were generated by the author)

- I commend the author for suggesting alternatives to democratic political systems (viable or otherwise)
- all done in lay-mans terms
- pretty enga
Willow Berridge
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really rate this book - it is very accessible in that it makes the politics of the WTO and IMF easy to understand for those who aren't economic theorists, and offers an escape from models that pose a binary opposition between the politics of liberal parliamentary democracy and the politics of radical social change. It's passionate and practical at the same time, forensically deconstructing Marxist, anarchist and localist politics and putting forward a new vision that will not bring an end to g ...more
Friedrich Der
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anarchists and students
A couple of paragraphs into this book and my mind was reeling. I found myself repeatedly checking the cover details, amazed to be holding a Harper Collins imprint. It seems someone at least is still publishing some raw gritty writing. After all, it's not everyday you read something that consciously claims to be a manifesto.
Monbiot writes like he is holding a lecture, constructing a rambling discourse that leaps from subject to subject. Consequently it's very inspiring, and the first couple of c
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]It's a mixed bag, written really for people who already count themselves as sympathisers with the anti-globalisation movement (and I suspect Monbiot would classify me as on the inside pissing out, rather than like him on the outside pissing in). There are four substantive chapters each with a different proposal. The first of these I completely agreed with, a rousing defence of democracy against communism and anarchism, though I myself do not ...more
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of justice the world over. believers in a better world... and non-believers-any-more
This is an amazing work. Really inspiring.
And that's because Monbiot is truly balanced and as objective as it comes: in his columns his frequently writes to acknowledge that he has been wrong in the past. But intelligent as he is, he also thinks with his heart. Brotherly love is his guide, and justice his objective.

Are his proposals realistic?
GM doesn't entertain crazy beliefs in the "good in man" as, say, anarchists do. power only has a chance of tolerating justice if checked and balanced thro
Abner Rosenweig
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With outstanding research, rationality, and compassion, Monbiot demonstrates unequivocally the rampant greed, flaws, and corruption in current global institutions such as the UN, the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank. In parallel, he lays out a clear plan for optimal global governance. The problem is that Monbiot's thoughtful suggestions are nearly impossible to implement. The astronomical distance between the status quo and where we need to be offers little hope that genuine reform is possible i ...more
Jason von Meding
So many interesting things to take away from this book, I should have read it before now! Monbiot's 'Manifesto' challenges both the legitimacy and effectiveness of the established order and many of the common arguments of the 'global justice' movement against the established order. I found his ideas about global democracy inspirational and surprisingly within reach. At the same time it was unsettling to reach an even deeper realisation that the organisations we tend to trust to uphold some sense ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like your Manifesto, I put it to the testo.

Starts off weak, with a summary of different political systems (of which there are only 3 apparently). This amounts to, socialism and anarchism don't work...what are we left with? Democracy. Right that'll have to do. Called me old fashioned but whatever happened to fascism? Anyway, it gets better. He rips into existing global systems such as WTO,IMF and especially the UN.He not only suggests what they could be replaced with but how this might come abo
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, a book with some interesting, practical ideas that, if more people read it, could facilitate some worthwhile changes in the world. Of course, only the true believers read such books and well, they are already convinced that the exaltation of money is a bad, bad thing. A world parliament with fair elections and representation, a fair trade group that monitors everyone not just who volunteer to be part of it and ensures that people are not slaves, that environments are not decimated fo ...more
Joseph Robbins
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with great points to be made about how the problems of inequality and the corruption of the IMF, World Bank, and US hegemeny are basically keeping third world countries... third world countries. The third chapter on a world parliment is a little far fetched. Just like Marxism he calls for a stateless society but I'm not sure how many governments would conceed to this idea.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Read it! It will open your eyes to better policy thinking, and help you understand that as global citizens we are being compartmentalized from competing on a level playing field of globalization. Tom Friemann can go suck it!
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is THREE of the most important books ever written. It is massively important as well as nicely written. I sincerely do not know why it was not a best seller for months ... instead it sort of disappeared.
Mar 14, 2007 is currently reading it
i feel like a rebel when i read this book. it is interesting.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting theories on world governments, but the methods for organizing them don't seem viable right now...
Oct 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: non-fiction
Awful title, but this is an interesting look at how we might create a different kind of new-world-order. Better as food for thought than as a manifesto.
metaphysical mutation may or may not have been better left out of the book however it's a must read for global social justice inquiries.
Stephen Starr
If in doubt, stick your chin out.
Stephen Starr
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If only putting the world to rights was as easy as the writer's text...
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting proposal for a global democratic government. I'll have to mull this one over for awhile.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It certainly is the opposite of Naomi Klein's works, in that it's upbeat, realistic, believable, well researched and beautifully written.
Well researched and clear.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

Well it's always nice to get acquainted with someone talking a whole lot of sense about something of such relevance and importance. Monbiot is a breath of fresh air as not only does he address some very important issues and problems here, he has also taken the time to develop a seemingly viable and interesting way of doing it better. You should also check out his CH4 interview with David Bellamy on YT where he takes him apart to the extent you end up feeling sorry for the hapless and misguided e
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