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Wednesday 1 December 2010 December 2010
Nathalie Rothschild
It’s a Kodak moment: the end of Kodachrome
The vice-president of the last place on Earth that still processes Kodachrome film talks to spiked.

Tim Black
Resist this nudge towards sobriety
The UK government’s decision to raise duty on high-strength lager in order to change our behaviour diminishes us all.

Mick Hume
Neither the FA nor the BBC
In the war of the World Cup between the England bid elite and Panorama, neither team of self-righteous Soccerists seems supportable.

Thursday 2 December 2010
Brendan O’Neill
The tyranny of ‘the public interest’
The Wikileaks lobby’s idea of what is in the public interest has little to do with us, the living, breathing public.

Neil Davenport
Longing for the bad old days
For some greens, the problem with the recession is that it just isn’t deep enough to force people into eco-poverty.

Rob Lyons
Climate change: a practical problem, not a moral one
Has ‘skeptical environmentalist’ and scourge of Greenpeace Bjorn Lomborg really had a change of heart and turned green? Er, no, he tells spiked.

Friday 3 December 2010
Patrick West
Germany: don’t only mention the war
From Bratwurst to Brecht, the BBC’s German season was a welcome change from British TV’s obsession with Nazis.

Duleep Allirajah
Australia: are you England in disguise?
No killer instinct, riddled with self-doubt and with the media on their backs, the Aussies are acting like Poms.

Graham Barnfield
Catch 2022 for Qatar
The prospect of Qatar hosting a World Cup has prompted a whole lot of prejudice-venting against the Middle East.

Sean Collins
Jonathan Franzen: the Great American Malthusian
Franzen’s deep misanthropy prevents Freedom from being a good novel: his characters’ lack of nobility means they just aren’t interesting.

Monday 6 December 2010
Basham and Luik
Treating people like lab rats
When it comes to UK health policy, dodgy Nudge-style psychology is just as oppressive as New Labour nannying.

Ellie Lee
Breast is best? Let mothers decide
Why aren’t people angrier about the Lib-Con government’s desire to nudge new mums towards ‘good behaviour’?

Brendan O’Neill
Tax inspectors against capitalism? Now that is rich
The rise of the radical tax inspectors, chasing after ‘tax dodgers’ Philip Green and Vodafone, reveals the parlous state of left-wing thinking.

Tuesday 7 December 2010
Christopher Snowdon
Ceci n’est pas une cigarette
What is the anti-smoking lobby’s response to a harmless pretend-cigarette? It wants to ban it, of course.

Jon Holbrook
After Phil Woolas: the threat to democracy
A barrister argues that an election whose results can be overturned by judges is not a democratic one.

Tim Black
Wikileaks: a war of words against Johnny Foreigner
In leaking US diplomats’ bitchy gossip about foreign leaders, Julian Assange has helped make national chauvinism respectable once again.

Wednesday 8 December 2010
Eero Iloniemi
Cancun: islands in the climate storm
If Pacific islands are being washed away due to climate change-induced floods, how come land prices are stable?

Ben Pile
Cancun: scavenging around for scientific fact
At a time of great doubt about climate change, policymakers must magic up more ‘evidence’ of manmade mayhem.

Mick Hume
Nick Clegg is not a traitor!
After all, before you can betray a principle you first need to have one. The Clegg generation of politicians are conformists without a cause.

Thursday 9 December 2010
Patrick Hayes
Is this the Big Brother Society?
By encouraging the public to monitor CCTV footage, a new website promises to turn us all into armchair snoops.

Nathalie Rothschild
It’s Christmas, so watch out for rapists
A Xmas-hooked ad campaign designed to raise awareness about illegal cabs is exploiting women’s fear of rape.

Brendan O’Neill
Fees debate: what next for the ‘Harry Potter uprising’?
The militant and lively student protests against university fees could soon be exhausted without some clearer political objectives to guide them.

Friday 10 December 2010
Duleep Allirajah
Hosting the World Cup is not a birthright
England should start focusing on winning the World Cup and stop moaning about not getting the chance to host it.

David Bowden
Still entertaining after 50 years
Coronation Street’s popularity rests on avoiding ‘ishoos’ in favour of camp humour and pints-of-bitter nostalgia.

Brendan O’Neill
Ungoverned by the left, unpoliced by the state
Yesterday’s political violence in London provided a striking snapshot of the flailing authority of both the traditional left and the police.

Monday 13 December 2010
Johannes Richardt
Accidents are a fact of a life lived well
The cheap, politician-led exploitation of an accident on a German TV show is a threat to our freedom to take risks.

Alex Standish
Education in NYC: it’s business as usual
Mayor Bloomberg’s selection of a glossy magazine publisher as New York City school chancellor is bizarre, but not surprising.

Tim Black
There is little noble about this Nobel award
What a fate Liu Xiaobo has suffered: outrageously imprisoned by the Chinese and cynically exploited by Westerners keen to bash Beijing.

Tuesday 14 December 2010
Tim Black
Hacktivism: the poison gas of cyberspace
The Anonymous hackers waging ‘cyber war’ in defence of Wikileaks are, ironically, acting censoriously.

Wendy Kaminer
The assault on Assange is an assault on liberty
A desire to prosecute Assange has become a rare point of consensus in America’s hyperpartisan political scene.

Brendan O’Neill
Why Wikileaks is now splitting the liberal elite
It is not ‘the Empire’ that is swallowing up Julian Assange – it is the very politics of exposé that he himself did so much to institutionalise.

Wednesday 15 December 2010
Nathalie Rothschild
A nihilistic attack on the modern world
The idea that Sweden’s first suicide bombing was a logical consequence of Muslim oppression is mad.

Brendan O’Neill
Individual liberty is in serious jeopardy
Why is no one in Britain outraged that this week a man was found guilty of a murder he was previously acquitted of?

Mick Hume
When the state and anarchists fought gun battles in London
The centenary of the Siege of Sidney Street is a reminder of a rather different age of radicalism.

Thursday 16 December 2010
Jason Walsh
There’s more to economics than tinkering with tax
The obsession with Ireland’s corporation tax rate is a distraction from the serious business of creating new wealth.

Rob Lyons
The many myths of Erin Brockovich
The town featured in that Julia Roberts film may have been sickened more by lawyers than by a power company.

Tim Abrahams
The skyline’s the limit for London
The Shard shows we’re more than capable of building big if we elbow aside conservative views of the capital.

Frank Furedi
Hating Wills’n’Kate: the new conformism
The smart set’s disdain for the royal engagement is driven less by republicanism than by a desire to prove their superiority to the masses.

Friday 17 December 2010
David Bowden
From The Two Cultures to no culture
The Tools of Science showed the beauty in maths, but hiding it on BBC4 suggests that big ideas are not for the masses.

Duleep Allirajah
The most boring league in the world?
As the Man Utd-Arsenal snoozefest revealed, the Premier League is in danger of losing its lustre.

Brendan O’Neill
Our Brave New World of Malthusian madmen
From Burgess’s Wanting Seed to Huxley’s Brave New World, the wacky Malthusian ideas of dystopian literature are now everyday beliefs.

Monday 20 December 2010
Nathalie Rothschild
A queer take on Italian family life
Loose Cannons is an uplifting film about Italian traditions and sexuality, but it ends up looking like a clichéd pasta ad.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Freakonomics: more self-help than economics
The movie of the best-selling book is a popular taster of a worrying obsession with individual behaviour.

Ann Furedi
A moral defence of late abortion
ESSAY: The chief executive of bpas urges faltering pro-choice campaigners to rediscover their respect for women’s moral autonomy.

Tuesday 21 December 2010
Rob Lyons
Whatever happened to the ‘obesity timebomb’?
The latest figures suggest that Britain’s waistlines are no longer expanding. Why are there no celebratory headlines?

Tim Black
Politics doesn’t need the stamp of state approval
The BNP may be racist, but it should still have the right to decide who can join and what it stands for.

Mick Hume
Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will
Reviving the motto of the old Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci provides a starting point for tackling the crisis of politics today.

Wednesday 22 December 2010
Neil Davenport
Another year of mocking the masses
The TV-viewing hordes are said to have no taste, but it’s Oxbridge graduates who come up with rubbish shows.

Rob Lyons
Conformism dressed up as radical edginess
In 2010, liberal campaigners convinced themselves that their everyday prejudices were daring political positions.

Nathalie Rothschild
Let’s make 2011 the year of free speech
We should take to task the film censors, advert-banners and political blacklisters who think they know better than us.

Tim Black
The return of the population panickers
In 2010, more and more of the supposedly great and good signed up for the misery-fest that is neo-Malthusianism.

Brendan O’Neill
There is no ‘right to be a scholar’
In 2010, both mask-wearing anarchists and polite MPs argued that higher education is a right not a privilege. They were both wrong.

Various authors
A year of intellectual rebels and misanthropic moaners
spiked readers and writers name some of the men and women who helped to improve humanity’s lot in 2010 – and some of those who didn’t.

Wednesday 29 December 2010
Viral Shah
Turning football fans into mere spectators
Two new books provide a fascinating, funny and sometimes emotional view of modern football and how commercialisation is shutting out lifelong supporters.

Neil Davenport
Better Red Plenty than Green Austerity
As entertaining and refreshing as Francis Spufford’s collection of USSR-set short stories is, it is underpinned by a deep, green-tinted rejection of any striving for material prosperity.

Tiffany Jenkins
Museum professionals: Hands off our mummies!
The author of a new book on human remains in museums says campaigning curators who try to repatriate or cover up mummies and skeletons in their collections are stifling research and ruining our museum-going experiences.

Sean Collins
This is a crisis of the state as well as the market
While some good books were written in the immediate aftermath of the financial crash, those authors who spent more time reflecting before writing offer us the best insights.

Stephen Bowler
Taking the absurdity of Nazism seriously
Jonathan Littell’s revelatory tale of an SS officer - ‘a man like other men’ - sheds light on the Nazi era and also on the willfully inhuman, people-hating tendencies of our own times.

Tim Black
Making sense of Modernism
Gabriel Josipovici’s Whatever Happened to Modernism? caused a media storm with its attacks on Amis, Barnes, McEwan and Co. But there’s far more to this important and irritating book than bitter literary criticism.

Nancy McDermott
Is ‘who we are’ really determined in the womb?
The idea that a person’s destiny is fixed during those nine months of gestation takes us back to a pre-Enlightenment notion of sealed fates that we can do little to change.

Josie Appleton
Send in the clowns: Britain’s bizarre new laws
The hyperregulation of everyday life – from clown shows to live-music events to sipping wine in a park – speaks to a profound reorganisation of the relationship between state and society.

Frank Furedi
The truth about tolerance
Frank Furedi, author of the forthcoming On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence, takes to task Tariq Ramadan, who wants to bury the Enlightenment virtue of toleration and replace it with recognition.

Thursday 30 December 2010
Brendan O’Neill
RIP Denis Dutton
A friend and fan of spiked who took ideas and the world wide web seriously.


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