Obama: selling out civil liberties
Obama’s inaugural address confirmed that the left and right agree on one thing: freedom can be curbed in the name of some greater good.
|Tuesday 11 December 2012|
Why we must tolerate hate
To punish racist vandals more harshly than run-of-the-mill vandals is to veer dangerously close towards instituting thoughtcrime.
|Wednesday 14 November 2012|
No country for old white Republicans
As the presidential election showed, the Republican Party is at odds with the permissive mainstream of America.
|Thursday 11 October 2012|
What about our right to be offensive?
Claims by an American newscaster that she had been ‘bullied’ about her weight take hypersensitivity to new heights.
|Monday 10 September 2012|
US politics: a punch-up between mythmakers
Partisanship is the lifeblood of politics, but in America we now have hyperpartisanship, where blind groupthink is trumping tough debate.
|Monday 25 June 2012|
How NYC is colonising
CUNY students’ minds
Recent events at City University of New York show that diversity policies treat students like children and assault academic freedom.
|Wednesday 11 April 2012|
In America, atheists are still in the closet
No, non-believers don’t face legal discrimination, but their rhetoric about ‘coming out’ is not mere melodrama.
|Wednesday 11 January 2012|
Wanted: a president who believes in liberty
Aside from kooky Ron Paul, all the Republican candidates, as well as President Obama himself, have a very un-American attitude to freedom.
|Thursday 1 December 2011|
The hypocrisy of Occupy Wall Street
By asserting a First Amendment ‘right to occupy’, the occupiers seem to want one rule for themselves and another for everyone else.
|Monday 14 November 2011|
We can’t be free without the right to be offensive
In Washington DC, anti-bullying campaigners want to restrict ‘offensive speech’ in public. That would be a disaster for liberty and progress.
|Thursday 20 October 2011|
The disenfranchised majority kicks back
Occupy Wall Street may be incoherent, but it’s a long overdue reaction to an out-of-touch political class.
|Thursday 8 September 2011|
Ten years on, America is at war with itself
It was said that 9/11 would bring Americans together. Instead it sowed fear, paranoia and political rifts.
|Wednesday 18 May 2011|
How feminists helped students to ‘unlearn’ liberty
Campus bans on misogynist speech don't advance equality; they assume that women are just too weak to speak back.
|Wednesday 27 April 2011|
The war between fact and fallacy in US politics
When a senator excuses an erroneous comment by saying ‘it was not intended to be factual’, where’s the line between reality and fantasy?
|Wednesday 9 February 2011|
How 400 rabbis are wrong about Glenn Beck
Yes, the cranky Fox talkshow host should be criticised and mocked for his anti-Semitic rants - but he shouldn’t be forced off air.
|Monday 10 January 2011|
A dysfunctional moment in American history
Whatever comes of the blame game around the Arizona shooting, we need a more rational political discourse.
|Tuesday 14 December 2010|
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.
|Tuesday 26 October 2010|
The Mama Grizzlies: ‘manning up’ for a fight
For all the muscular femininity of Mama Grizzlies like Sarah Palin, they actually take their cue from the 20th-century women’s temperance crusade.
|Tuesday 21 September 2010|
Tea Party: the American right’s political tantrum
Its demands for tax cuts for billionaires and an end to the tyranny of bicycle paths make the Tea Party seem nuts. So why is it so popular?
|Wednesday 28 July 2010|
Even grotesque fantasies should not be criminalised
Of course child sexual abuse is a heinous crime that should be punished. But fantasising about child sexual abuse should not be.