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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
Catch 2022 for Qatar
The prospect of Qatar hosting a World Cup has prompted a whole lot of prejudice-venting against the Middle East.
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|
Treating people like lab rats
When it comes to UK health policy, dodgy Nudge-style psychology is just as oppressive as New Labour nannying.
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’?
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|
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.
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.
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|
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?
Cancun: scavenging around for scientific fact
At a time of great doubt about climate change, policymakers must magic up more ‘evidence’ of manmade mayhem.
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|
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.
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.
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|
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.
Still entertaining after 50 years
Coronation Street’s popularity rests on avoiding ‘ishoos’ in favour of camp humour and pints-of-bitter nostalgia.
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|
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.
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.
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|
Hacktivism: the poison gas of cyberspace
The Anonymous hackers waging ‘cyber war’ in defence of Wikileaks are, ironically, acting censoriously.
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.
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|
A nihilistic attack on the modern world
The idea that Sweden’s first suicide bombing was a logical consequence of Muslim oppression is mad.
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?
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|
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
The most boring league in the world?
As the Man Utd-Arsenal snoozefest revealed, the Premier League is in danger of losing its lustre.
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|
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.
Freakonomics: more self-help than economics
The movie of the best-selling book is a popular taster of a worrying obsession with individual behaviour.
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|
Whatever happened to the ‘obesity timebomb’?
The latest figures suggest that Britain’s waistlines are no longer expanding. Why are there no celebratory headlines?
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.
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|
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.
Conformism dressed up as radical edginess
In 2010, liberal campaigners convinced themselves that their everyday prejudices were daring political positions.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
RIP Denis Dutton
A friend and fan of spiked who took ideas and the world wide web seriously.