Sustainable cities must be compact and high-density says leading thinker George Monbiot.

This article titled “Sustainable cities must be compact and high-density” was written by George Monbiot, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 30th June 2011 10.07 UTC

For at least a century, governments have tried to urbanise their nations. Communist states sought to drag people out of what Marx and Engels called their “rural idiocy”. Capitalist governments – Mahatir Mohammed’s administration in Malaysia is a good example – tried to persuade and bully indigenous people into leaving the land (which then became available for exploitation) and move to the cities to join the consumer economy. Urbanisation was equated with progress and modernity.

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