While the economy crumbles, the views of the public are dismissed in favour of the anointed experts.
The current economic crisis is a product of feeble political leadership and the hollowing out of Western economies.
Holocaust-hunters and rape-trawlers have besieged the Congo, where they ‘eat dead babies’, in search of the germ of human evil.
Forty years on, the US is still searching for a cure for its ‘Vietnam Syndrome’. But it won’t find it overseas.
The 40,000 complaints over the Brand/Ross affair express our instinctive outrage against aloof, patronising broadcasters.
Awaiting the US election results, liberal commentators in the UK have projected all their hopes and fears across the Atlantic.
Guy Rundle reports from outside the White House on the generous spirit of relief at the Republicans’ defeat.
The forces of democracy and anti-democracy were on full display in yesterday’s election.
The election shot down the stereotype of Americans as thick and apathetic.
The election of Obama brings to an end an important chapter in America’s culture wars. But will it create the space for a new political debate?
Farewell to the author who supported spiked spiritually and financially.
Calls for ‘epochal Obama’ to get on with ‘ordinary politics’ show how small the political imagination remains.
The president-elect’s ‘exotic’ relatives reveal little about him, but may legitimise greater US intervention in Africa.
Some of the celebration of Obama’s victory suggests America has entered an era of racial etiquette more than racial equality.
The Unsinkable Titanic told the story of the doomed liner without the usual waves of misanthropy and anti-science.
Formula One may be dull, but its new champ Lewis Hamilton is risk-taking and arrogant: just as he should be.
Sending Blackwater to Sudan? The eccentric war-hungry activists of the Save Darfur lobby have taken leave of their senses.
Oliver Stone’s W reminds us of the almost Catholic levels of moral disgust that underpinned the liberal critique of Bush.
What Britain’s political class seems to want is a vacuous, ‘authentic’ outsider with a talent for flowery rhetoric.
Amid the global outbreak of Obamamania, the desperate British political class seems to be suffering from a particularly acute case.
Everyone from ‘extreme capitalists’ to ‘the Jews’ is being blamed for the recession. This gets us nowhere.
Doctors should refuse to become the high priests of the new anti-boozing temperance movement.
The author of a new briefing document reports on how drinking control laws give the police absolute, unchecked power.
Obama’s plan to use education as a tool for social engineering exposes the elitist strain in his ‘Change’ campaign.
Obama’s public discussion of the First Pet reveals his true strategy: to win America over by making politics boring.
Let’s stop the government from using this case as a springboard for spreading suspicion. PLUS: Ken McLaughlin on ‘scattergun social work’.
The writer central to exploding the myth of murder at a Jersey children’s home reflects on yesterday’s ‘revelations’.
A new film captures the tragi-farcical fate of the radicals who rejected capitalism and the working class.
Brown is proposing tax cuts in order to avoid making tough decisions about the economy. We should demand more honesty from our leaders.
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on New Labour proposals to keep council housing for the more ‘deserving’ classes.
Channel 4’s Rich Kid, Poor Kid was a hackneyed examination of class warfare. But it was touching all the same.
No one got hurt. No crime was committed. So why all the fuss over David Norris’s celebratory handcuff gesture?
Our ethical columnist loses the plot over clothing that declares ‘Humanity is underrated’.
In discussing migrants alongside goods and services, Jason Riley allows the needs of the market to trump the case for unfettered freedom.
The myth of a plucky republic being ‘ethnically cleansed’ by an evil Russian regime was just that: a myth.
The lack of laughs about the new president-elect exposes the slavishly conformist nature of contemporary satire.
As Britain launches another Anti-Bullying Week, the author of Reclaiming Childhood says demonising teasing can do more harm than good.
Today’s blanket suspicion of what happens ‘behind closed doors’ makes it harder to spot real cases of abuse.
Despite the fact his mother is 27, the case of Baby P has become an excuse to blame young parents for society’s ills.
The media coverage of Baby P has been a concoction of pornographic detail and coercive moralising.
The death of one child is scandalously held up as evidence that Britain has a murderous ‘underclass’.
The death of Baby P has been turned into a morality tale through which people can express their outrage and affirm their decency.
On World Toilet Day, a new film explains why universal access to sanitation is both possible and necessary.
A new animated documentary about the First Lebanon War ends up psychologising a complex political tragedy.
The furore over the leak of the British National Party’s membership lists ‘reveals’ some home truths about democracy as well as the far right.
The only thing more miraculous than his playing ability is the fact that Diego Maradona is still alive.
The BBC’s latest high-profile documentary on the Second World War finds a new way to tell us the blindingly obvious.
Do British adults really look upon children as ‘vermin’… or did the charity find what it wanted to find in its latest public survey?
The windpipe transplant shows the potential of stem-cell medicine and the collaborative genius of human beings. We should build on it.
As a medical student in 1968, Michael Crichton adopted a pseudonym to write a thriller about a young woman seeking an abortion, at a time when abortion was mostly illegal in the US. The book still packs a humane punch today.
Conor Foley’s account of how human rights violations became a justification for launching wars reminds us of the need for a political critique of interventionism. Unfortunately, this isn’t it.
From the Royus Chubbyus Browniums of the Greek era to ‘knock, knock’ jokes about 9/11 today, jokes have long been a way for humans to fart in the face of conventional logic, expectation and morality.
Jane Mayer provides a biting critique of the ham-fisted reaction to 9/11. But an effective opposition to the war on terror needs to criticise every aspect of Bush’s policy, not only the most unsavoury ones.
A former lawyer for Enron, shocked to discover that his main job would be to help draft a global warming treaty, tells spiked that censorship and conformism are preventing proper investigation of climate change hysteria.
Kenan Malik, author of the forthcoming From Fatwa to Jihad, discusses the multiculturalism, political conflict and liberal cowardice that defined the Rushdie Affair and its legacy.
Henry McDonald’s historically illiterate account of the Troubles reveals more about the bitterness and prejudice of supporters of the Workers’ Party than it does about recent Irish history.
As the second edition of his hugely popular 2001 book Paranoid Parenting is published, Frank Furedi reflects on how official suspicion of adults and parental paranoia have deepened over the past seven years.
Why did moms who carry their babies in slings or wraps react so badly to a less-than-reverential ad?
Tinkering with UK tax rates and spending plans won’t solve the economic crisis because the ‘fundamentals’ are not sound.
The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion challenges the quackery and religiosity of the ‘crusade against autism’.
The actions of celebrities and journalists should be judged in the court of public opinion, not a court of law.
David Hare’s New Labour satire offers little but a moral condemnation of modern, pragmatic, pro-market politics.
Brendan O’Neill meets the writers and publishers who have launched a war of independence from England’s ‘notorious, repulsive’ libel laws.
Two new UK exhibitions show the imprisonment of society and the struggle for rights and freedoms.
Reports of the death of Blair and Brown’s post-political project have been greatly exaggerated.
In showing such contempt for the popular will, those dance judges were only taking their lead from ministers and officials in the UK and EU.
Local authorities should do everything to find children secure homes, not fret about parents’ personal habits.
The UK government’s call to British women to help combat ‘sex trafficking’ amounts to a crackdown on immigration.
The new president of the American Civil Liberties Union tells spiked that just because Bush is going, that doesn’t mean the fight for freedom is won.
Merseyside far-right activists should not be arrested for incitement to vote BNP - read Mick Hume in The Times (London).
The BBC’s new series, in which millions are wiped out by a virus, is perfectly attuned to the gloom of the moment.
While in Harry Redknapp Spurs have found a new leader off the pitch, Arsenal desperately need any sort of leader on it.
The terrible assaults on the Indian city of growth and ambition suggest that contemporary terrorism is not as alien as we think.