The execrable Sex and the City 2 offers an accidentally fascinating insight into the crisis of American values.
To stop using fossil fuels because of one accident would make millions of people’s lives a lot harder.
Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, tells spiked why eco-catastrophists are so wrong about humans and our impact on the planet.
In the past priests were forever poking their noses into politics to offer ‘moral guidance’. Now scientists do the same.
It’s a worrying sign of the times that more and more of our leaders respond to controversy by throwing in the towel.
Everyone talks about the siege of Gaza, but a more profound problem today is the intellectual, moral siege of Israel by the Respectable World.
The monarchy should be abolished not because it costs a lot, but because it is a spent, Middle-Ages, anti-democratic institution.
The idea that our lust for Apple products is causing suicides is anti-capitalism of the lowest (and dumbest) variety.
It’s a bit rich for British commentators to be outraged over Berlusconi’s ‘gag bill’. He got the idea from us.
When a minister resigns over paying rent to his secret gay lover, it is a sure sign that political life has slipped to scandalously low levels.
The plane-crash tropical island show Lost might be over, but US drama is still taking off – and the UK should take heed.
Behind the cheerful St George flag-waving, England fans are haunted by broken metatarsals and penalty screw-ups.
Pullman’s evil-twin version of the Gospels is an intelligent investigation of an age-old question: are Jesus and Christ two separate entities?
Some have responded to the Cumbria massacre by calling for the kind of gun controls beloved of the Stasi.
PHOTO ESSAY: A demo called ‘Rage Against Israel’ captured the apolitical, visceral nature of anti-Israel sentiment.
The international campaign to brand Israel a ‘pariah state’ is a shrill echo of what President George W Bush tried to do with Iraq.
The real purpose of recycling is not to ‘save the planet’ but to remind us how wasteful and destructive we are.
The Labour leadership contest between Ed and David Miliband and Ed Balls is personality politics with no personality.
Of course the BP oil spill is not merely metaphorical, but it does capture something about the un-governability of modern America.
The author of Chill explains why he’s sceptical about manmade global warming — and why greens are so intolerant.
Guy Rundle reports from the Netherlands on how this small state has become bound up in a post-9/11 morality tale.
In the first of his World Cup columns, spiked’s editor-at-large tackles some truths behind the ceaseless chatter before the big kick-off.
EU officials are pushing through a directive that would give them unprecedented access to our online search histories.
Here’s a quick history lesson about the state and the market for the free-marketeers in the Lib-Con coalition.
Now, Israelis plan to sail a flotilla to Turkey to ‘raise awareness’ about the plight of Kurds and Armenians. The organisers talk to spiked.
Poor Skins: it’s been trying to provoke the Establishment for years yet keeps getting lovely write-ups in the Guardian.
Ignore the know-nothings moaning about the exclusion of Walcott and the inclusion of Heskey. Fabio is on the ball.
Comedian Mark Thomas’s ‘People’s Manifesto’ confirms that no one is more suspicious of the masses today than the rump of the radical left.
Exposed, a new exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, raises interesting questions about photography and privacy.
The human rights group has a naive faith in ‘international justice’ and a simplistic view of high-profile conflicts.
spiked’s editor joined the population-control lobby in a posh church in London as they quaffed ‘luxury’ drinks and fretted about overbreeding.
Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg is a heartfelt film about midlife crisis and relationships amongst an angsty generation.
If the courts can now slap an alcohol-monitoring device on Lindsay Lohan, why not monitor everyone’s bad habits?
The liberal commentators now deifying Mary Whitehouse are wrong to blame Sixties experimentation for contemporary decadence.
Reducing how much we can legally drink before driving is an imposition on our freedom that makes little difference to safety.
The inquiry report into the Derry massacre rips events from their historical context: the conflict between Irish nationalists and the British state.
The launch of the iPad was treated as a Really Big Event, but IT and telecoms could do much more to transform society.
The chubby actor and No.1 New England Fan loves everyone except noisy, bantering, old-school supporters.
The world’s big energy companies need to realise that producing oil efficiently is moral purpose enough.
Instead of all the dithering, lofty rhetoric and tough talk, the US president should be honest about the need to keep on drilling.
BBC4’s impressive Rude Britannia explored the tension between working-class fun and middle-class disapproval.
The sound of killjoys lecturing fans on how to support their team is far worse than that South African instrument.
The past weighs heavy on English football, and the current team will have to shake it off in order to succeed.
The evidence that bans on public smoking reduce the number of heart attacks is still woefully thin.
The oil-addiction theorists are really disgusted by the desires of stupid, greedy, uppity consumers.
When companies adhere to the rituals of risk-aversion, they lose sight of how to deal with real emergencies. Now we can see the consequences.
England’s finest footballer needs to be let off the leash, not lectured about his anger, language and beliefs.
The use and abuse of a single graph to justify action on climate change shows the need for healthy scepticism.
Sure Start’s main achievement has been to transform the social problem of child poverty into an individual problem of poor parenting.
The idea that thousands of lives could be saved if people stopped eating the ‘wrong’ food is pie in the sky.
Why has an anti-logic ‘stir-fry psychobabbler’ off the TV been invited into the upper echelons of Whitehall?
Neither the Budget’s authors nor the Budget-knockers have a vision for reinvigorating the economy. So here are my ideas.
As yesterday’s victory over Slovenia showed, England are a different team when they can play without fear.
Home secretary Theresa May’s decision to ban a radical preacher from Britain is an insult to us all.
General McChrystal’s anti-Obama blabbing to a hippie mag exposes the internal disarray of the US elite.
No, of course it isn’t - but so what? Let’s keep football out of politics.
Leading educationalist Diane Ravitch rightly notes that for all the policy tinkering over how to teach and assess children, the biggest problem is the establishment’s inability to work out what they should be taught.
Like the Daily Express, Pascal Bruckner’s sometimes shrewd take on European weakness is not without insight, but too often it descends into neo-con cliché and blind pro-interventionism.
Linda Polman’s War Games exposes some very big problems with aid missions in the Third World, but she ends up replacing NGOs’ black-and-white view of Africa with her own.
Eric Kaufmann’s hysterical Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? imagines that the crisis of Western liberalism is being brought about by fecund foreign fundamentalists.
Halfway through the memoirs of British leftist turned Bush-supporter Christopher Hitchens, the political narrative just falls apart. That’s fitting, argues Guy Rundle.
With its intriguing reading of history and its positive approach to the future, Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist is a breath of fresh air in today’s smog of misanthropy.
As evidenced in a new collection of his ‘wit and wisdom’, the cocky Ryanair boss both embarrasses his fellow capitalists and annoys the hell out of anti-capitalists.
For centuries, economic growth and mass prosperity were understood to be highly desirable, yet today these social objectives are under siege. Daniel Ben-Ami’s new book is a clarion call to begin a counter-offensive.
Simon Davies of Privacy International on why the internet giant keeps infringing people’s privacy.
Peter Barron, Google’s communications chief, says his company ‘bakes privacy’ into all its products.
Recent events confirm that the Western powers’ main motivation in Afghanistan is not to ‘save the Afghan people’, but to save face.
The idea that all Africans have a ‘rainbow continent’ duty to support Ghana in the World Cup is patronising guff.
Shrill anti-BP campaigners don’t realise that state funding for the arts is more problematic than money from Big Oil.
Turning the defeat by Germany in a football match into a metaphor for society's ills is an even more risible spectacle than the England team.
Monday’s Panorama was the BBC’s most balanced look yet at the real ambiguities of climate science and policy.
Moira Buffini’s myth-inspired play about Western intervention would have been better based on the story of Narcissus.
The conviction of a black Bristol City councillor who called an Asian colleague a ‘coconut’ is a serious assault on free speech and democracy.