The fining of French comedian Dieudonné for publicly insulting Jews is a crime against freedom of speech.
The interminable debate about whether dope should be a class B or C drug reveals the government’s incoherence.
It was wrong of the government to sack David Nutt. But it’s also wrong for experts to pose as paragons of wisdom who are above democracy.
By all means take away the children of obese parents, but parents who smoke and drink are an even greater danger.
With the swarm of human beings expected to hit nine billion by 2050, it’s time we discussed tough remedies.
With a survey showing that only 15 per cent of Brits are worried about global warming, it’s time to extinguish the ideas warping the public’s mind.
Prince Edward’s comments may have been crass, but today’s cotton-wool kids need to be allowed to take risks.
The pro-dolphin documentary The Cove exposes how warped are the misanthropic values of the animal-rights lobby.
Grubby elected – and kick-outable – MPs are still more of a democratic choice than squeaky-clean appointed and unaccountable civil servant Sirs.
Jason Walsh spoke to some of those who claim to be the legitimate heirs of 1916 and found their legitimism geeky and unconvincing.
Miserabilists want to make Bonfire Night a less explosive, less colourful affair in the name of protecting pets. No way.
The notion that green beliefs in the workplace should be legally protected from ridicule is deeply censorious.
The author of Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion challenges both those who want to cure and those who want to celebrate autism.
Most Liverpool fans still believe Rafael Benitez is a tactical genius. But the voices of dissent are increasing.
The most striking thing about this decade is how much of it we spent looking back at past decades.
Frank Furedi explains that the real problem in education isn’t intefering politicians or pushy parents, but a profound crisis of adult authority.
In an era of voluntary revelation and involuntary regulation, we must find new ways to defend our private lives.
The curious Cult of Nutt, backed by both dopeheads and scientists, is actually denigrating scientific truth.
The legal ruling that a belief in climate change is similar to a religious conviction seriously damages science, philosophy and democracy.
If you, too, are bored by the emo, sexless, vegetarian vampires of Twilight, check out Chan-wook Park’s new movie.
On the flimsiest of evidence, ChildLine and the NSPCC are now even spreading suspicion about the mother-child bond.
Europe might be back to haunt Cameron’s Tories – but this time things look very different for the EU, Britain, the Tory Party and the rest of us.
New Labour’s commitment to nuclear is half-hearted at best, and goes hand in hand with more policing of our energy use.
The campaign to ban retouched images of skinny models is not only crazy – it’s deeply censorious, too.
The bizarre controversy over Gordon Brown’s letter to a grieving mum shows that we urgently need to improve and deepen political debate.
Last night’s David Nutt debate confirmed that cannabis is now promoted as a means of pacifying young, drunk ruffians.
The fall of the Berlin Wall, far from heralding a unified future, ushered in a new period of discord between west and east.
In a recent speech, the libertarian Wendy Kaminer argued that state intervention into everyday life is giving rise to ‘habits of submission’.
David Bond’s documentary makes a decent case for defending privacy, but it too often fails as investigative journalism.
Yes, Sportsdirect.com@St James Park is a rubbish name for a stadium, but why are Geordies really upset about it?
The Secret Life of The Berlin Wall was gripping, but it didn’t explain anything new, like why East German coke was so bad.
Two new books expose how epidemiology has been used as a tool of propaganda in the war on tobacco, leaving little room for real facts.
An American expert on poker challenges the idea that it encourages reckless, addictive, spendthrift behaviour.
Is the small rise really due to economic recovery, or the fact that people are willing to accept wage and hour cuts?
Demos should go on the naughty step for arguing that parenting style determines whether kids become good, bad and even middle class.
Forget Sinn Féin or the DUP, the only party that matters in the Northern Ireland Assembly is the Peace Process Party.
The proposal that nurses in England should be university graduates will further reduce the level of basic nursing skills.
As Gordon Brown launches the General Election campaign, the one certainty seems to be that we won't be offered any political choice.
The hysterical campaign against the greatest videogame ever made is based on outdated effects theories.
Ghost Forest, a new art installation, wants to frighten us into changing our greedy, planet-wrecking ways.
In flattering kids as ‘digital natives’ for whom the past is irrelevant, we degrade a vital adult mission: transmitting knowledge.
Malthus was wrong about the inevitability of famine, but we still need to ask why so many people don't get enough to eat.
With the shift of emphasis from welfare to wellbeing, the state reinforces the sense that we are unable to cope with life.
Since 200 AD, scaremongers have been describing human beings as ‘burdensome to the world’. They were wrong then, and they’re still wrong today.
The fashion for using a variety of hosts to replace a familiar front man reveals the BBC's indecision.
This week’s sacking of Scotland manager George Burley won’t make a mediocre generation of players any better.
Jason Walsh popped along to the loud, green and peculiar anti-Henry protests outside the French embassy in Dublin.
That handball has become a huge diplomatic issue because the Irish invest way too much political hope in football.
The problem with ‘our’ new president and foreign minister is not that they are nobodies, but that they are unelected, unaccountable nobodies.
These aren’t the worst floods England has seen, yet they are being turned into a symbol of human vulnerability.
With the appointment of its new president, the EU abandoned even the sham of democratic legitimacy.
The sceptics poring over those ‘Climategate’ emails are indulging in easy conspiracy-mongering rather than having a tough, grown-up debate.
If we are serious about defending freedom of speech, then English libel should be sentenced to death.
In our era of identity-through-suffering, David Beckham has shown heroic restraint by keeping his asthma private.
The UK remains in recession – and in denial about how capitalism has been kept alive by massive state support, secret loans and a pact of silence.
That handball reminded us that cheating, controversy, injustice and Roy Keane are all part of the fun of footie.
Ignoring the BBC’s implicit anti-Americanism, its radio play on the 1925 creationists-v-evolutionists trial was excellent.
This Thanksgiving, forget about the calorie-counting and carbon-crunching encouraged by food snobs. Let’s just eat!
Social crises have always been blamed on the extravagance of the rich. But today, all of us - from wealthy to peasant - are labelled ‘decadent’.
Books on behavioural economics are everywhere, but this one brings something particulary bizarre to the debate: the idea that autism shows us a way out of recession.
Focusing on that triumph of opacity and elitist disdain for the people - the EU - Adam LeBor’s enjoyable conspiracy-theory thriller draws a little too closely on reality.
Why England Lose is entertaining, but in attempting to explain football teams’ fortunes through number-crunching it overlooks the key subjective factors of footballing success: self-belief, confidence, flair...
From smoking bans to sin taxes, Brian Monteith finds that Scotland has proved itself a willing victim for the practices of the nanny state’s angrier successor: the bully state.
Slavoj Žižek’s latest work explores why the near-collapse of capitalism generated so little response from the left, and asks how we might rescue, or remake, radical politics.
The Obama for President campaign excited millions, enthused many first-time voters, and inspired youthful door-to-door campaigning. But it died on the day Obama was elected.
In this piece for a new collection of essays commemorating the death of Thomas Paine, Brendan O’Neill says republicans face two problems today: the elite’s continuing distrust of the electorate, and the electorate’s distrust of itself.
The philosopher still makes some academics feel itchily uncomfortable, not because they truly believe his Nazism will leap from the pages of his works, but because his deeply anti-humanist arguments sound a little too familiar.
Maybe one reason why free-marketeers idolise Ayn Rand is because they far prefer her imaginary heroic capitalists to the snivelling and mendacious capitalist class of today.
The ‘carbon market’ – trading in an invisible gas which cannot be used – has involved the redistribution of resources to unproductive green pursuits and the creation of a vast bureacracy. Let’s bring it down before it gets any bigger.
Youth unemployment is rising and causing hardship. So why were there so few on Saturday’s ‘Youth Fight for Jobs’ demo?
Featuring Jews in 1960s Minnesota struggling with the mystery of being, A Serious Man is a seriously good film.
Gordon Brown is madder than Richard III if he thinks an institution as undemocratic and unequal as the monarchy can be made ‘more fair’.