Down with the Diet Police!
Tesco’s introduction of traffic-light food warnings shows how normal the nudging of the masses has become.
|Thursday 6 September 2012|
Fizzing with authoritarian intent
Having long been battling drugs, it now seems the British state is about to launch the sequel: the War on Dr Pepper.
|Tuesday 7 August 2012|
Presumed consent: nationalising our organs
There is a desperate need for organs for transplant, but taking them from the dead without consent is no solution.
|Thursday 13 October 2011|
We don’t need experts to teach us how to be civil
A new report calls on officialdom to ‘nudge’ the masses towards civilised behaviour. It isn’t only a patronising idea, but a dangerous one.
|Tuesday 20 September 2011|
Trying to nudge us towards decency
The Lib-Con government’s obsession with nudging suggests it sees us as mere putty to be remoulded at will.
|Thursday 21 July 2011|
Why the state should butt out of our personal lives
It is a sign of the times that the only debate we seem to have about nudging is ‘does it work?’ rather than ‘what gives them the right?’.
|Tuesday 28 June 2011|
The barbarians within the arts establishment
The drive to use art to change people’s behaviour is as contemptuous of us as it is of culture.
|Thursday 12 May 2011|
The Cube: welcome to your eco-prison cell
Apparently our unwillingness to live in cramped, low-energy homes reveals our psychological flaws.
|Tuesday 4 January 2011|
Lib-Cons: following New Labour’s diet
Andrew Lansley’s health vouchers scheme exposes the coalition’s view of the masses as unhealthy and a bit thick.
|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.
|Wednesday 1 December 2010|
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.
|Monday 15 November 2010|
Turning New York into a nudgocracy
City Hall is now awash with Nudge-inspired brain invaders, and they’re threatening to zap the spirit and soul from the greatest city on Earth.
|Monday 1 November 2010|
A message to the illiberal Nudge Industry: push off
The ‘politics of the brain’ is a threat to choice, freedom and democracy – which is why spiked is declaring war against it.
|Wednesday 5 May 2010|
Public health and the obsession with behaviour
ESSAY: Recent thinking on health policy has been driven by two myths: that bad health is caused by bad habits, and that government can promote good health by changing our behaviour.
|Tuesday 6 April 2010|
Now the elite wants to colonise our brains
As the election date is announced, it’s becoming clear that the political class views the electorate as an incomprehensible, inscrutable blob.
|Monday 29 December 2008|
‘Nudging’: the very antithesis of choice
‘Libertarian paternalism’ represents a retreat from political debate, and the rise of a base psychological agenda that wants to make us conform on green, health and lifestyle issues.
|Tuesday 17 July 2007|
A 'fat tax'? Get stuffed
Rob Lyons gives a big fat finger to those who would add taxes to junk food in order to save the masses from themselves.