In place of political vision, Saturday’s Jon Stewart-inspired Washington gathering offered cheap shots at Republicans.
Instead of squabbling over housing benefits, how about building some new homes and unbuckling the Green Belt?
The ‘politics of the brain’ is a threat to choice, freedom and democracy – which is why spiked is declaring war against it.
A year after being sacked as a government drugs adviser, David Nutt is back to warn of the evils of the demon drink.
Google should be criticised for harvesting personal data, but its blasé attitude to privacy is hardly original.
A sex-worker rights activist in Thailand tells Nathalie Rothschild about the reality of the prudish, neo-colonial anti-trafficking industry.
We have built cities, cured diseases and created art, yet some people think humans are worth no more than apes.
Lord Browne’s idea that student feedback surveys should shape education is a bigger shock than the proposed hike in fees.
The Lib-Con government’s declaration of war on printer ink cartridges suggests that the politics of fear did not leave office with New Labour.
Mike Leigh’s Another Year is a humane look at how the loss of social networks reinforces middle-aged isolation.
The gap between neural activity and mental experience – a sense of self – is bridged by years of human interaction.
The real lesson of the US midterm elections was that voters have little faith in either party to solve America’s problems.
Thirty-minute snooker matches are not a product of shorter attention spans, but a reminder of sport’s endless evolution.
Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention was quirky, but could have been much more inspiring about new technology.
England’s club managers were in the relegation zone of figurative musing until José, Arsene and all spiced things up.
In his endless pursuit of Truth, Socrates made many enemies. Yet his questioning outlook remains invaluable to understanding the present.
Channel 4’s mea culpa from two leading environmentalists still took for granted that humanity faces insuperable natural limits.
A longtime Optimum Population Trust supporter struggles to understand spiked’s opposition to Malthusianism.
When modern Malthusians insist that resources are finite, they only expose their historical illiteracy, misanthropy and social pessimism.
The proposal by the ‘victims’ champion’ to cut jury trials is an attack on the essential right to be judged by our peers.
The proposal to ban meals with toys in San Francisco is based on some dubious assumptions about obesity and health.
Phil Woolas kicked out of parliament by an electoral court, for lying? That’s a bigger scandal than anything he said about his opponents.
A new breed of factual games reduces the two great media of documentaries and computer games to crass infotainment.
Enough of these family-friendly, green, fat-burning games — let’s get back to slaughtering zombies.
A new UK government website reveals every ministerial lunch and penny of spending, but it only reinforces the problem of distrust.
Machiavelli and other humanists would have been appalled by today’s bureaucratisation of everyday life that threatens vital public virtues.
The poppy is a political symbol. So why are players and fans being told to conform with the idea of wearing one?
The obsession over whether ‘St Bob’ is the saviour or destroyer of Africa precludes tougher questions about charity appeals.
Both sides in the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ row are driven by the politics of fear and a disdain for their fellow Americans.
Tim Black reports from the university cuts protest in London and argues that the biggest problem is the bastardisation of education itself.
The latest film from serial offender of liberals Martin Durkin, on the perilous state of the UK’s finances, was witty but one-sided.
Why born-and-bred Dubliner Eoin Morgan's imminent selection for the England cricket team raises barely an eyebrow.
The man behind Alan Partridge returns, with Rob Brydon in tow, for the surprisingly charming The Trip.
The sympathetic public response to the London student protests demonstrates that millions oppose the coalition’s spending cuts – but nobody has much of a clue what to do about them.
Just because excessive alcohol consumption can have medical consequences, that doesn't make it a Medical Problem.
Note to Twitterers: freedom of speech must extend to offensive comments as well as jokes about airports.
City Hall is now awash with Nudge-inspired brain invaders, and they’re threatening to zap the spirit and soul from the greatest city on Earth.
NYC theatre companies are now prohibited from featuring real cigarettes in their plays. That is censorship.
The resilience of the couple held by pirates is cause for celebration – except in the mad world of the trauma expert.
The government’s plan to measure the nation’s emotional wellbeing marks an unhappy shift in the relationship between the state and people.
Hong Kong slasher flick Dream Home treads an intriguing but ultimately unsuccessful path between satire and sadism.
How did the ‘Father of the American Revolution’ become the crazy uncle of American history?
Aung San Suu Kyi has finally been released, but the Burmese people will not be freed by her international fan-club of statesmen and celebs.
Spare us the carnival of naffness that is the marriage of Wills and Kate and let’s cut the royal line instead.
The UK government’s offer of £10million to Guantanamo Bay detainees speaks to the elite’s disarray post-9/11.
A leading US defender of free speech on campus says things are so bad that some students are now destroying words that offend them.
The comedy drama about council-estate kids with superpowers is superior to the usual youth-channel fare.
Once upon a time, football was a man’s game. Now players are wearing scarves and gloves on the pitch. Whatever next?
Her new autobiography reveals that the ballsy comedian is not the fearless taboo-buster fans and critics might have thought she was.
As part of the financial bailout, Ireland has been annexed by the Great Power that is the Brussels bureaucracy. Where are the protests?
It really is sad that so many feminists get their knickers in a twist about the Sun’s topless beauties.
Is it better that it was ‘people power’ rather than state pressure that forced Amazon to remove a paedo book?
Not really. Ireland’s economic crisis appears more like the prime example of the travails of Western capitalism.
Bans on tobacco displays are ineffective and economically destructive, no matter what medical policy wonks say.
You can resist being x-rayed at airports, but be warned: you will be subjected to ‘the Diana Ross’ for doing so.
The criticism of tomorrow’s mass protest against airport scanners highlights how much liberals have become detached from liberty.
It is crazy to believe that Benedict XVI can decide the fate of millions of Africans with one comment about condoms.
Yes, it’s great fun watching the British public get its revenge on vegan hag Gillian McKeith. But let’s not get carried away.
The revelation that some British Muslim kids are reading Saudi textbooks was like manna from heaven for the anti-faith schools lobby.
Guest columnist Zizi Petit-Fraser reports LIVE from the student protests against the Lib-Con cuts, taking place in London today.
Having an official sulk because of a bit of fan abuse suggests many Scottish referees are in the wrong line of work.
A BBC drama about bullying in the army was wimpy, but thankfully it wasn’t stopped by protesting military men.
A crisis amongst Britain’s boys in blue has led to a proliferation of erratic street wardens and watchmen - and they’re ruining community spirit.
American journalist Larry Rohter provides an engaging and optimistic overview of Brazil’s place in the world today, despite his predictable Western preoccupations with sustainability and racial identity.
Ed Howker and Shiv Malik complain about the economic legacy left to today’s young adults by the baby boomers, but their only alternative is an intergenerational guilt-trip.
Anatole Kaletsky’s sweeping survey of the various eras of capitalism is ambitious. But in obsessing over so-called free-market fundamentalism he misses what is causing the current crisis.
Simon Garfield’s fascinating book on fonts takes us from the humanist imperative behind the creation of mass typefaces right through to today’s use of fonts to manipulate our minds.
Today, as Britain seeks diplomatic links with India and as Churchill is championed as a hero of multiculturalism, Madhusree Mukerjee’s shocking account of the exploits of the Empire is well worth reading.
It turns out that all those green claims that we could save the planet by foreswearing meat were BS. Unfortunately, in the process of exposing this fact, Simon Fairlie still recycles many modern-day eco-prejudices.
For all the praise heaped on Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel Freedom, it actually reveals the people-hating, anti-freedom essence of the modern liberal mindset.
Much of the wacky authoritarianism of twentieth-century dystopian literature is now coming to life, from the promotion of homosexuality as a check on population growth to the celebration of childfree women as superior to ‘breeders’.
Bernard Matthews became a culinary Antichrist for the chattering classes who never shop anywhere but Waitrose.
The New Zealand mine disaster revealed the extent to which caution has elbowed aside humanistic heroism.
Showbiz mums who make their daughters do tapdance don’t have a patch on the middle-class parents dropping their kids off at student demos.
The lesbo-mum comedy The Kids Are All Right implies that super-domesticated same-sex parents are the new normal.
If there’s one place where people should be tested and provoked by all sorts of ideas, it’s the academy.
High-minded newspapers’ celebration of the latest Wikileaks revelations is a cynical attempt to turn voyeurism into a virtue.