The Bailout Fallout: Drinking their one-dollar coffees, the patrons of a DC diner refused to believe that they’re to blame for the financial crisis.
The Bailout Fallout: The failure of America’s leaders to hatch a plan for the financial crisis exposes the emptiness of their ‘politics of change’.
Once again the celebrity chef, cheered by the media, is adopting a missionary position as he sticks it to the junk-eating lower orders.
New Labour’s ID cards scheme is a desperate attempt to magic up some sense of British togetherness.
The new cigarette-pack photos send a clear message: conform to Healthy Living or face a life of state-sponsored mockery.
The case of The Jewel of Medina shows that the real threat to free speech comes not from Islamic radicalism but from elite cultural cowardice.
Our ethical columnist does a jig at the downfall of the anthropocentric, wealth-generating nightmare that is the world economy.
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on how the state wants to nationalise our bodies as well as the banks.
Using pig organs in humans could save thousands of lives. So why is Britain driving research away?
Jonny Wilkinson’s Buddha-praising biography reveals a man worn out - physically and mentally - by his own drive.
Michael Bull’s new book says we wear iPods in order to escape alienation and ‘chilly’ urban landscapes. Maybe, but it’s not the whole story.
The proposed ‘Age of Austerity’ is not a rational response to the financial crisis. It is a political campaign to ration our passions.
The key problem today is not so much the banking meltdown, as our inability to understand the threat as a prelude to managing it.
Boris Johnson’s hounding of Sir Ian Blair reveals the London mayor’s own authoritarian and arbitrary approach to politics.
The campaign to shut down a cheap car factory is driven by elite green angst more than the Indian people’s interests.
Many now look upon the Palin-Biden clash as a ‘sideshow’. In truth, this entire contest has become irrelevant to real-world events.
Public health zealots have no business putting fat kids on the at-risk register. Plus: Listen to Rob Lyons debate Tam Fry.
A new report by YouGov and ASH confuses acquiescence to the smoking ban with support for official interference.
The crisis has shattered the façade of European unity, as governments turn back to the nation state to defend their own brands of capitalism.
Recent events confirm that anti-human super-wealthy capitalists are in the vanguard of climate change hysteria.
The government’s view of pupils as potential bombers says more about its own incoherence than a rise in extremism.
The chattering classes’ passion for free file-sharing and disdain for creators’ rights is a betrayal of art and its practitioners.
Read Mick Hume’s column in The Times (London) on the impending end of Britain’s phoney 42 days war.
Trite, inconsequential, and aimed at bored women: why celebrate this show?
Yes, that Sol Campbell chant is tasteless, obscene and cruel. But ban it? F**k off.
Our ethical columnist performs his classic protest song, ‘Why Can't the Humans Die Out?’
Robert Reich’s book on big business and democracy shows that the top-down desire to lower living standards predated the credit crunch.
Hysterical coverage of falling share prices rests on the fallacy that they are a good indicator of economic health.
There is no financial crisis so bad that it cannot be made worse by the intervention of the fear industry.
London’s aggression towards Reykjavik sheds light on the short-termism and immaturity driving the authorities’ response to the crisis.
A comedy about two ‘pieces of Russian scum’ shows that scrounging off the system in the UK is neither easy nor lucrative.
The Iraqi PM’s attack on Britain’s lack of commitment in Basra has shot a hole in the government’s ‘Iraq Story’.
The liberal media’s depiction of McCain supporters as a Weimar-like gang of rednecks shows their own fear of the white working class.
I won’t be joining the ‘bloody pinko liberals’ to drool over the demise of capitalism.
The passivity of public reactions to the financial turmoil is a symptom of the other crisis: of democratic politics.
Having spent 30 years depoliticising economic issues, state institutions are now spearheading an apolitical form of nationalisation.
Campaign group Liberty seems more interested in proposing an alternative authoritarianism than defending freedom.
Having a pop at the Fab Four for being ‘capitalists’ is a cover for slating the dynamism and materialism of the 1960s.
Isolated by popular opinion, the anti-choice lobby now uses psuedo-science rather than moral outrage to try to curb access to abortion.
A TV doc reminds us that even failed space missions can be inspiring. Surely it’s time we returned to the moon?
Why shouldn’t we boo Cole? Footie is one arena where men still have the right to behave like pillocks for 90 minutes.
Ethan Greenhart, author of Can I Recycle My Granny?, scraps with spiked over the recession, breastfeeding and ‘anti-science speech crimes’.
Sally Sheldon on why she and 84 other academics have launched a campaign to reform Britain’s paternalistic abortion law.
Phil Woolas is exploiting the economic crisis – and a boy nicknamed ‘Banana’ – to clamp down on immigration.
The endorsement of Obama by every liberal’s favourite Republican, Colin Powell, springs from disarray and desperation in DC circles.
After an era of pick’n’mix scares, from obesity to eco-doom, will the economic crisis encourage more collective forms of fearing?
With both the state and market proving unreliable, maybe families will look to each other for support in hard times.
Even if reports of renewed interest in Karl Marx’s great work are exaggerated, it remains well worth the effort of reading today.
From tennis to motor racing, individual Brits are triumphant. But collectively, winning still comes second best.
From The Colbys to Joey, TV is known for its dodgy spin-offs. Now even a quiz show is spawning new versions.
Minister lets slip New Labour’s fear and mistrust of its own traditional voters. Read Mick Hume in The Times (London).
The chief executive of BPAS slams the UK government’s refusal to allow a free vote on abortion in parliament.
Tina Fey’s zany skits on Sarah Palin unwittingly expose the anti-smalltown, redneck-baiting beliefs of America’s big-city liberals.
With its soaring architecture, the Arab emirate is a two-fingered salute to sustainability. But Christopher Davidson's book, while supporting economic growth, reveals little sympathy for the workers building the post-oil economy.
The sharp arguments and choice quotations in Burchill’s new book on hypocrisy – a scathing assault on chav-bashers and posh greens – suggest she’s been reading the most enlightened magazine in Britain: spiked.
Ignore the prudish old feminists who slam Madonna for still wearing a leotard and dry-humping Justin Timberlake in her fifties. The woman is wily, committed and scarily muscular: the Ayn Rand of pop.
Manjit Kumar’s new book charts the historic clash between Einstein and Bohr over quantum mechanics, and the science and philosophy that shaped their arguments.
The new film version of Brideshead Revisited turns Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece of light satire and heavy sentiment into a hymn to a suffocatingly woolly liberalism.
Let Them In makes an unapologetic case for open borders in the US. But in discussing migrants alongside goods and services, it allows the market’s narrow economic needs to trump the case for unfettered freedom.
From having talks with Blackwater to trying to fly unmanned aerial vehicles over Darfur, the war-hungry celebrities and activists of the Save Darfur lobby have taken leave of their senses.
Ben Goldacre’s new book offers an entertaining romp through the wacky world of homeopathy, nutritionism and other assorted quackeries. Yet he gives an easy ride to more influential forms of pseudoscience.
From his therapeutic recollections of wartime suffering to his anti-ideological political campaigning, the ascendancy of John McCain reveals much about the state of American politics.
The HFEA’s campaign to reduce multiple births in IVF treatment reveals its elitist disdain for prospective parents.
The regulators should cheer the achievements of Britain’s most successful fertility doctor, rather than try to ruin him.
Obama may be a pragmatist likely to disappoint liberals, but he will do far more than McCain to undo Bush’s damage to freedom in America.
Steve McQueen says his film is not political, yet it still shows us what people are capable of in pursuit of freedom and justice.
The debate provoked by Hunger is a chance to remind ourselves there’s a difference between a sacrifice for a cause and victim politics.
Jacqui Smith’s plan to keep out of Britain anyone who is not ‘conducive to the public good’ is both illiberal and impractical.
The Osborne/Mandelson scandal suggests the obsession with sleaze, more than sleaziness itself, is killing politics.
The author of the new book Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion asks why autism has sidelined even Joe the Plumber in the US election.
Liberals once complained about candidates ‘buying elections’. Yet now that Obama is raking it in, they’ve shut up.
What the Brand/Ross affair reveals about standards at the Beeb, media self-obsession and Ofcom’s lust for censure.
In the run-up to a debate at the Battle of Ideas, Frank Furedi takes on capitalism’s half-hearted advocates and its misanthropic critics.
Those ‘lost’ mountain marathon runners could look after themselves. Read Mick Hume in The Times (London).
The campaign to stop Cadbury sponsoring the 2012 Games is based on the idea that we’re all slaves to ‘junk food’.
Murder mysteries are titillating and intriguing in literary and cinematic forms, but TV just can’t seem to pull them off.
Guy Rundle reports from Pennsylvania, a state divided by the culture wars which McCain and Palin are desperate to win.
From his recollections of wartime suffering to his anti-ideological campaigning, McCain reveals much about the state of American politics.