The real threat to humanism today does not come from religious cranks and creationists, but from an army of secular misanthropes.
Why are organisations like the National Trust trying to get uninterested yoof into their historic houses?
From allergies to maple syrup shortages to yellow fever: apparently every contemporary ill is caused by climate change.
How a tentative study from New Zealand about abortion and mental health was turned into cast-iron evidence that abortion makes women mad.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times.
West Ham have banned fans for 'persistent standing': another restriction on our freedom to support teams the way we want to.
If students keep demanding that education should be about ‘value for money’, they should stop whingeing about top-up fees.
Scare stories about criminal gangs from Romania and Bulgaria fit perfectly with today's anti-racist racism.
Britain's over-surveillance is about more than spycams and ID cards - it is part of a broader culture of deference to authority.
A new film on the 'dark side of environmentalism' exposes some of the myths used to block the building of mines and hold back development.
The joys and perils of mobile phone use: a report on the live spiked/O2 debate on young people and their mobiles.
America and Britain's claims to moral authority look set to be buried alongside Saddam Hussein.
The increasing intolerance of smoking by health workers is manipulative and moralistic, argues a London-based nurse.
He's been condemned by Kazhakstan and Gypsy and Jewish pressure groups, yet the real butt of Borat’s gags are rushing to the cinemas.
Strip away the singing and dancing, and Saturday's climate change demo was a demand for less debate and more authoritarianism.
Opinion polls, surveys, voter registration patterns: in the absence of politics everyone is obsessing over the technical process instead.
America's mid-term elections reveal a political class adrift in midstream.
Why does the 'guerrilla artist' beloved of fashionistas paint on the street? So that he can insult the man in the street.
The real problem today is not that 'yoofs' are running riot, but that grown-ups lack the confidence to engage with them.
Scare stories about kids eating 'shit' have created a crisis in school dinners. What a shock.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook on the new eco-religion in The Times (London).
Donald Rumsfeld has a lot to answer for. So do the neocons and commentators currently cheering his demise.
The presentation of the murder of a white boy in Glasgow as racially motivated distorts the facts for cynical political gain.
From sniffer dogs to glow-worms: why society is celebrating the ‘sacrifices’ of animals in war.
A New York debate about blogging was big on buzz but short on ideas.
What does the European Union do when accused of collaborating with the CIA on human rights abuses? Blame Poland.
In my first-ever depiction on the London stage the actor gets my words right, but my look wrong.
...it is using a botched political prosecution of that far-right party as another stick to beat free speech and jury trials.
To lose a few citizens to radical Islam is unfortunate. To lose as many as 1,600 (according to the MI5 boss) could be considered careless.
In the run-up to a debate in New York this week, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick says we should stop surrendering our sovereignty to the 'therapeutic state'.
In promoting ‘barrier’ contraceptives to the young, the British government is spreading a risk-averse message: Think Before You Act!
A freelance science writer asks why greens seem so opposed to one scientist’s proposal for stabilising global temperatures.
Bettina Aptheker accuses her Communist dad of sexual abuse, in a depressing memoir of the descent from free speech campaigner to victim-feminist.
Blair's legacy will be a government defined by insecurity, internal confusion and the petty regulation of our lives.
There's more to scientific endeavour than meeting confused government targets.
Referees are still 'the wankers in the black', but the game will suffer if we over-regulate their antics.
New on spiked: 'Ask Ethan'. Our columnist Ethan Greenhart answers your soul-searching questions about how to live the green and ethical life.
On BBC Radio 3 this weekend British General Richard Dannatt cynically uses the poetry of Wilfred Owen to try to connect with the common squaddie.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
When officials offer parents lessons in singing nursery rhymes, it's no wonder some are losing confidence in their abilities.
From turning off the Christmas lights to cutting down conker trees: we want your nominations for Miserabilist of the Year.
It's time to ditch the spin and tell the truth about why women have abortions, and what would happen if they were denied them.
Can you change the world by changing your brand of skinny latte? Two new films give very different views.
'Drug rape' has been exposed as an urban myth, yet some London students say they'll still be putting a thumb over the top of their Becks.
Despite a dearth of evidence, the authorities are still promoting scare stories about the dangers of being 'spiked' and raped. Why?
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's column in The Times (London).
A conference in London exposed the authoritarian bent to diversity policies.
Natural England's claim that 'contact with nature' can improve mental and physical wellbeing is both silly and sinister.
Research involving the transfer of a nucleus from a human cell into an animal cell is being stifled by religious and government officials.
Never mind the alcopops: Paul Watson's film Rain in my Heart showed that alcohol abuse is rarer and more complex than some people think.
From Afghanistan to Darfur, all the world's a stage for image-conscious statesmen.
A new manifesto looks set to kickstart a debate about how multiculturalism fosters tribalism and political victimhood.
European footballers are called ‘The Divine Ponytail’ or ‘The Vulture’. We have Gazza and Scholesy. We need a Nickname Tsar.
Ask Ethan: Our columnist Ethan Greenhart offers more advice on how to live the green and ethical life.
When ministers and TV gurus constantly bang on about the pitfalls of parenting, it is little wonder that some mums and dads feel they 'can't cope'.
Anti-bullying initiatives show that schoolyard relations are now viewed through the prism of animal behaviour.
Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).
Forget Q, tits, ass, Aston Martins, cocked eyebrows and post-killing quips: Bond’s been in therapy.
The ban on junk food ads on British TV is far more 'mind-controlling' than anything a cynical adman could come up with.
A campaign coaxing men to dial 999 if they feel a pain in the chest will make more 'worried well', and possibly delay treatment for the really ill.
The Tories' adoption of Guardianista Polly Toynbee as their latest guru shows how degraded is contemporary thinking on equality.
Why are some in the West using the death of a former spy to redraw the East-West divide?
One supporter of vivisection says a BBC documentary revealed the benefits of animal research - and the need for tough arguments to defend it.
Tony Blair's half-apology for the slave trade has been hailed as noble. In fact it was more for his benefit than anyone else's.
The UK government wants children to get out and about - but it was its own suspicious regulation of adults that cast a cloud over such adventures.
From the formal portrait to the casual family snapshot, Annie Leibovitz always manages to reveal her subject’s humanity.
The UK Creative Partnerships scheme for deprived schools seems more interested in exercising children’s bodies rather than their minds.
Comedian Michael Richards might be a ranting ass, but that doesn’t mean we can never laugh at Seinfeld again.
Ask Ethan: Our columnist offers more advice on how to live the green and ethical life.
The response to Alexander Litvinenko’s death implies that all Russians are collectively guilty of skulduggery.
The controversies over Turkey and the West will not be resolved by people hiding their arguments behind the Pope, the Greek Cypriots or the EU.