The vice-president of the last place on Earth that still processes Kodachrome film talks to spiked.
The UK government’s decision to raise duty on high-strength lager in order to change our behaviour diminishes us all.
In the war of the World Cup between the England bid elite and Panorama, neither team of self-righteous Soccerists seems supportable.
The Wikileaks lobby’s idea of what is in the public interest has little to do with us, the living, breathing public.
For some greens, the problem with the recession is that it just isn’t deep enough to force people into eco-poverty.
Has ‘skeptical environmentalist’ and scourge of Greenpeace Bjorn Lomborg really had a change of heart and turned green? Er, no, he tells spiked.
From Bratwurst to Brecht, the BBC’s German season was a welcome change from British TV’s obsession with Nazis.
No killer instinct, riddled with self-doubt and with the media on their backs, the Aussies are acting like Poms.
The prospect of Qatar hosting a World Cup has prompted a whole lot of prejudice-venting against the Middle East.
Franzen’s deep misanthropy prevents Freedom from being a good novel: his characters’ lack of nobility means they just aren’t interesting.
When it comes to UK health policy, dodgy Nudge-style psychology is just as oppressive as New Labour nannying.
Why aren’t people angrier about the Lib-Con government’s desire to nudge new mums towards ‘good behaviour’?
The rise of the radical tax inspectors, chasing after ‘tax dodgers’ Philip Green and Vodafone, reveals the parlous state of left-wing thinking.
What is the anti-smoking lobby’s response to a harmless pretend-cigarette? It wants to ban it, of course.
A barrister argues that an election whose results can be overturned by judges is not a democratic one.
In leaking US diplomats’ bitchy gossip about foreign leaders, Julian Assange has helped make national chauvinism respectable once again.
If Pacific islands are being washed away due to climate change-induced floods, how come land prices are stable?
At a time of great doubt about climate change, policymakers must magic up more ‘evidence’ of manmade mayhem.
After all, before you can betray a principle you first need to have one. The Clegg generation of politicians are conformists without a cause.
By encouraging the public to monitor CCTV footage, a new website promises to turn us all into armchair snoops.
A Xmas-hooked ad campaign designed to raise awareness about illegal cabs is exploiting women’s fear of rape.
The militant and lively student protests against university fees could soon be exhausted without some clearer political objectives to guide them.
England should start focusing on winning the World Cup and stop moaning about not getting the chance to host it.
Coronation Street’s popularity rests on avoiding ‘ishoos’ in favour of camp humour and pints-of-bitter nostalgia.
Yesterday’s political violence in London provided a striking snapshot of the flailing authority of both the traditional left and the police.
The cheap, politician-led exploitation of an accident on a German TV show is a threat to our freedom to take risks.
Mayor Bloomberg’s selection of a glossy magazine publisher as New York City school chancellor is bizarre, but not surprising.
What a fate Liu Xiaobo has suffered: outrageously imprisoned by the Chinese and cynically exploited by Westerners keen to bash Beijing.
The Anonymous hackers waging ‘cyber war’ in defence of Wikileaks are, ironically, acting censoriously.
A desire to prosecute Assange has become a rare point of consensus in America’s hyperpartisan political scene.
It is not ‘the Empire’ that is swallowing up Julian Assange – it is the very politics of exposé that he himself did so much to institutionalise.
The idea that Sweden’s first suicide bombing was a logical consequence of Muslim oppression is mad.
Why is no one in Britain outraged that this week a man was found guilty of a murder he was previously acquitted of?
The centenary of the Siege of Sidney Street is a reminder of a rather different age of radicalism.
The obsession with Ireland’s corporation tax rate is a distraction from the serious business of creating new wealth.
The town featured in that Julia Roberts film may have been sickened more by lawyers than by a power company.
The Shard shows we’re more than capable of building big if we elbow aside conservative views of the capital.
The smart set’s disdain for the royal engagement is driven less by republicanism than by a desire to prove their superiority to the masses.
The Tools of Science showed the beauty in maths, but hiding it on BBC4 suggests that big ideas are not for the masses.
As the Man Utd-Arsenal snoozefest revealed, the Premier League is in danger of losing its lustre.
From Burgess’s Wanting Seed to Huxley’s Brave New World, the wacky Malthusian ideas of dystopian literature are now everyday beliefs.
Loose Cannons is an uplifting film about Italian traditions and sexuality, but it ends up looking like a clichéd pasta ad.
The movie of the best-selling book is a popular taster of a worrying obsession with individual behaviour.
ESSAY: The chief executive of bpas urges faltering pro-choice campaigners to rediscover their respect for women’s moral autonomy.
The latest figures suggest that Britain’s waistlines are no longer expanding. Why are there no celebratory headlines?
The BNP may be racist, but it should still have the right to decide who can join and what it stands for.
Reviving the motto of the old Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci provides a starting point for tackling the crisis of politics today.
The TV-viewing hordes are said to have no taste, but it’s Oxbridge graduates who come up with rubbish shows.
In 2010, liberal campaigners convinced themselves that their everyday prejudices were daring political positions.
We should take to task the film censors, advert-banners and political blacklisters who think they know better than us.
In 2010, more and more of the supposedly great and good signed up for the misery-fest that is neo-Malthusianism.
In 2010, both mask-wearing anarchists and polite MPs argued that higher education is a right not a privilege. They were both wrong.
spiked readers and writers name some of the men and women who helped to improve humanity’s lot in 2010 – and some of those who didn’t.
Two new books provide a fascinating, funny and sometimes emotional view of modern football and how commercialisation is shutting out lifelong supporters.
As entertaining and refreshing as Francis Spufford’s collection of USSR-set short stories is, it is underpinned by a deep, green-tinted rejection of any striving for material prosperity.
The author of a new book on human remains in museums says campaigning curators who try to repatriate or cover up mummies and skeletons in their collections are stifling research and ruining our museum-going experiences.
While some good books were written in the immediate aftermath of the financial crash, those authors who spent more time reflecting before writing offer us the best insights.
Jonathan Littell’s revelatory tale of an SS officer - ‘a man like other men’ - sheds light on the Nazi era and also on the willfully inhuman, people-hating tendencies of our own times.
Gabriel Josipovici’s Whatever Happened to Modernism? caused a media storm with its attacks on Amis, Barnes, McEwan and Co. But there’s far more to this important and irritating book than bitter literary criticism.
The idea that a person’s destiny is fixed during those nine months of gestation takes us back to a pre-Enlightenment notion of sealed fates that we can do little to change.
The hyperregulation of everyday life – from clown shows to live-music events to sipping wine in a park – speaks to a profound reorganisation of the relationship between state and society.
Frank Furedi, author of the forthcoming On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence, takes to task Tariq Ramadan, who wants to bury the Enlightenment virtue of toleration and replace it with recognition.
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