December 2011

Sarah Boyes Thursday 1 December 2011 comments

This project should have set alarm bells ringing

Get as many Brits as possible to ring bells for the Olympic Games? Has the cultural establishment gone cuckoo?

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 1 December 2011 comments

Intrigue-mongering is the real scandal

Why are anti-Republicans more fascinated by Herman Cain's alleged sexual impropriety than his political ignorance?

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 1 December 2011 comments

The hypocrisy of Occupy Wall Street

By asserting a First Amendment ‘right to occupy’, the occupiers seem to want one rule for themselves and another for everyone else.

David Bowden Friday 2 December 2011 comments

A kitschy homage to Americana

America on a Plate took a refreshingly positive look at two of America’s most demonised totems: roads and food.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 2 December 2011 comments

Football can’t be reduced to number-crunching

Moneyball shows how statistics helped to change baseball. But maths won’t deliver football silverware.

Rob Lyons Friday 2 December 2011 comments

The IPCC exposed: political to its core

A new book demolishes the neutral, scientific façade of the UN’s climate change body and reveals its real, debate-ending purpose.

Rob Lyons Monday 5 December 2011 comments

It’s Jeremy Clarkson’s fans they really fear

Clarkson’s comments are considered dangerous because his audience is presumed to be a bunch of thicko automatons.

Stuart Waiton Monday 5 December 2011 comments

The rise and rise of intolerant tolerance

ESSAY: Scotland’s elite is trying to fashion a whole new identity built on anti-sectarianism.

Tim Black Monday 5 December 2011 comments

Britain vs Iran: the politics of nostalgia

Who’s more deluded: Iranian students who think Britain’s still an imperial threat, or British ministers who fantasise that Iran is EVIL?

Jason Smith Tuesday 6 December 2011 comments

Time for an injection of common sense

Groups opposed to modern agriculture are using scare stories to try to have antibiotics banned on farms.

William Saletan Tuesday 6 December 2011 comments

When it comes to abortion, why wait?

Women who choose to terminate a pregnancy have a moral obligation to do it as early as possible.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 6 December 2011 comments

Getting the rioters to do their dirty work

The Guardian’s study of the August riots is pure advocacy research, designed to harness the power of riotous menace to chattering-class causes.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 7 December 2011 comments

Fiskalunion?
Nein Danke!

The long-running drive to give Brussels greater power over EU member states is anti-growth and anti-democratic.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 7 December 2011 comments

The forgotten history of Pearl Harbor

ESSAY: Japan’s attack on the US 70 years ago was not a surprise, but rather the culmination of imperial rivalry.

Mick Hume Wednesday 7 December 2011 comments

Serious journalists slebs for censorship

Why those who normally abhor celebrity culture are cheering the likes of Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan against the celeb-obsessed tabloids.

Niall Crowley Thursday 8 December 2011 comments

Who’s in the ‘In Crowd’ these days?

The late US soul singer Dobie Gray provided the theme tune for uppity working-class kids in 1960s Britain.

Nathalie Rothschild Thursday 8 December 2011 comments

Tobacco haters, kick your filthy habit

Boston’s ban on e-cigarettes shows what’s really driving the war on smoking: a weird desire to re-engineer our lifestyles.

Rob Lyons Thursday 8 December 2011 comments

The latest BS about the Big C

A new British report claiming that nearly half of cancers are caused by our lifestyles should come with a health warning of its own.

David Bowden Friday 9 December 2011 comments

A pig comes to Charlie Brooker’s rescue

If it wasn't for its piggish sex scene, The National Anthem would just be Martin Amis without the flair.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 9 December 2011 comments

Socrates: the Arthur Scargill of world football

Like the miners fighting Thatcher, the Brazil team of the Eighties was defeated by its own outdated philosophy.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 9 December 2011 comments

A fixation with inequality, a poverty of understanding

Bankrupt Britain could have been a fascinating snapshot of the UK if only its authors’ prejudices hadn’t got in the way.

Lee and Faircloth Monday 12 December 2011 comments

Breastfeeding: an enduring doctrine

ESSAY: When studies of infant feeding become ‘breast is best’ advocacy, it makes for bad research and bad policy.

Nick Thorne Monday 12 December 2011 comments

The green agenda: a slippery slope to inaction

Why are 1,000 newts holding up plans to build SnOasis, the world’s first indoor winter-sports resort?

Bruno Waterfield Monday 12 December 2011 comments

The European Union has cracked. Good.

You don’t have to be a fan of swivel-eyed Eurosceptic Tories to hope that Cameron’s veto signals a return of public politics.

Colin McInnes Tuesday 13 December 2011 comments

Economic growth:
it’s not dead yet

Green thinkers are plain wrong to claim there are natural limits to how much we can expand our economies.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 13 December 2011 comments

The truth about
anti-tabloid hysteria

Many of the anti-Murdoch stories of the past year have been based more on rumour than reality.

Philip Alcabes Tuesday 13 December 2011 comments

AIDS and the rise of
the behaviour police

After much self-congratulation amongst safe-sex crusaders on Worlds AIDS Day, Philip Alcabes says their scaremongering was far from a good thing.

Ben Pile Wednesday 14 December 2011 comments

The delusions of the climate technocrats

The last people you should trust to save the world are the whiners and bureaucrats gathered in Durban.

Nathalie Rothschild Wednesday 14 December 2011 comments

Who’s afraid of ‘loose cannons’?

Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich may be unguarded, but at least we know what he really stands for.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 14 December 2011 comments

Exposed: the snobbery and intolerance of the EU elite

The chattering classes’ hysterical reaction to David Cameron’s veto of a revised Lisbon Treaty reveals the dark heart of pro-EU sentiment.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 15 December 2011 comments

Benghazi: the battle for democracy resumes

The protests against the transitional government in Libya show the West can’t just hand down democracy from afar.

Kevin Rooney Thursday 15 December 2011 comments

The SNP’s offensive against free speech

A draconian law passed in Scotland yesterday blurs the distinction between hurtful words and harmful deeds.

Mick Hume Thursday 15 December 2011 comments

Europe united - in denial and myth-making

Almost everything we’ve been told about the ‘historic’ Euro-crisis summit is wrong. Here are five Euro-myths for starters.

Tom Slater Friday 16 December 2011 comments

Another Earth: sci-fi mimics reality

Not only has NASA just found the Earth’s ‘twin’, this indie flick also reflects real-life attitudes to exploration of self and space.

David Bowden Friday 16 December 2011 comments

England in 88, according to Meadows in 2011

The second follow-up to This is England looks back at the Eighties through the prism of clichés.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 16 December 2011 comments

Why we all love nutters like ‘Mad Mario’ Balotelli

If there’s one thing that can bring rival football fans together, it’s a player or manager who’s bonkers.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 16 December 2011 comments

Hitchens vs Hitchens: a clash of civilisations

Following the death of Christopher Hitchens, we republish Brendan O’Neill’s interview with him and his brother Peter from 10 years ago.

Nathalie Rothschild Monday 19 December 2011 comments

Californian anti-serf dudes, get real

An Oakland start-up has received millions from Google to reduce our ‘slavery footprint’. Is this wise?

Rob Lyons Monday 19 December 2011 comments

More flabby claims about obese children

The anti-obesity industry is now so massive that it has to keep inventing health crises to justify its existence.

Phil Mullan Monday 19 December 2011 comments

Dear Santa, please get rid of the Euro

In the interests of democracy, fraternity and growth, Phil Mullan’s Christmas wish is for the speedy demise of the single European currency.

Nancy McDermott Tuesday 20 December 2011 comments

Merry Christmas! Well, sort of.

America’s un-Christmassy cards show a national inability to share each other's rituals and beliefs with confidence.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 20 December 2011 comments

The protesters who tried to steal Christmas

The Grinches at Occupy reveal what they really think of the masses they claim to represent: not a lot.

Michael Fitzpatrick Tuesday 20 December 2011 comments

From revolutionary student to Byronic celebrity

Michael Fitzpatrick recalls his first meeting with Christopher Hitchens 40 years ago, when there was more to him than flashy posturing.

Saleha Ali Wednesday 21 December 2011 comments

Another Christmas, another ‘ethical gift’

Charities urge us to shop till Third World poverty drops, but ‘ethical consumption’ only makes Westerners feel good.

Neil Davenport Wednesday 21 December 2011 comments

The rioters weren’t poor automatons

Those who have concluded that the August rioters were simply reacting to deprivation are deluding themselves.

Mick Hume Wednesday 21 December 2011 comments

Velvet Revolution: no script for a democratic uprising

Playwright-turned-president Vaclav Havel owed his status as anti-Communist rock star more to the West than to the Czech people.

David Perks Thursday 22 December 2011 comments

Let’s celebrate the search for the ‘God particle’

The attempt to understand the fundamental laws of nature is a project that everyone - not just scientists - is a part of.

David Bowden Thursday 22 December 2011 comments

Young, gifted
and screwed up

Two films about an alcoholic writer and troubled painter suggest we’re more interested in artists’ pain than their art.

Tom Slater Thursday 22 December 2011 comments

On the road
movie - again

An Argentinian take on the well-trodden road-movie genre is hugely uneventful - but it is worth staying till the end.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 22 December 2011 comments

The most important history lesson of 2011

From the Japanese tsunami to the economic crisis, many believe mankind is ‘dwarfed by phenomena beyond our control’. But we aren’t.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 23 December 2011 comments

A fixation with inequality, a poverty of understanding

Bankrupt Britain could have been a fascinating snapshot of the UK today if only its authors’ prejudices hadn’t got in the way.

Jason Walsh Friday 23 December 2011 comments

How everyday life became
a mental-health issue

Historian Ian Dowbiggin talks to Jason Walsh about the long-term psychiatric assault on individual autonomy and its embrace by a state all too happy to concentrate on managing our emotional welfare.

Nancy McDermott Friday 23 December 2011 comments

Joan Didion’s blue nights of the soul

A heart-wrenching memoir about the loss of a daughter cuts through the contemporary clichés about ‘bonding’ and ‘attachment’ to get at the raw stuff of parenthood.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick Friday 23 December 2011 comments

Saving medical practice from the tyranny of health

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick talks to James Le Fanu, the one-time scourge of those medical practitioners who blamed lifestyle or pollution for ill health, to find out if he really has made peace with the medical establishment.

Neil Davenport Friday 23 December 2011 comments

Pop history: a poor substitute for real history

While society has become ever more estranged from the great events of the past, music has been on a lazy nostalgia trip of reunions, reissues, recycling and anniversaries.

Tim Black Friday 23 December 2011 comments

Alan Partridge: an invitation to sneer

The autobiography of the fictional broadcaster and all-round master of naff is undoubtedly funny, but, like creator Steve Coogan’s recent pronouncements, it is fuelled by large doses of liberal snobbery.

Jennie Bristow Friday 23 December 2011 comments

A fresh-faced look at growing old

In Never Say Die, Susan Jacoby elbows aside old prejudices about ageing and the ‘illderly’ and asks instead how society can sensibly cope with having lots of older people.

Sean Collins Friday 23 December 2011 comments

Blaming all the president’s men

Journalist Ron Suskind's scintillating account of chaos and dissent in Obama's White House would be better if he had shaken off his teenage habit of blaming everything on Wall Street.

spiked writers Thursday 29 December 2011 comments

The cultural highs and lows of the year

spiked contributors offer their choices of the best and worst films, albums, plays and exhibitions of 2011.

Rob Lyons Thursday 29 December 2011 comments

Reasons to be fearful? Top 10 panics of 2011

It was a turbulent year across the world, yet petty fearmongers still grabbed their share of the headlines.

Patrick Hayes Thursday 29 December 2011 comments

The worst 10 assaults on freedom

From bans on songs and leafleting to war against gossipy tabloids, 2011 was a bad year for free speech.

Tim Black Thursday 29 December 2011 comments

Making sense of a rollercoaster year

Whether we were cheering uprisings or challenging nuclear panic, spiked cut to the chase in 2011.

Mick Hume Thursday 29 December 2011 comments

Bleak midwinter of the economy

Things went from bad to worse for capitalism, yet big questions about the crisis were frozen out of debate.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 29 December 2011 comments

How protest became a prisoner of the media

Once, radicals used the media to try to spread their ideas. In 2011, the media class used radicals to spread its ideas.

Frank Furedi Thursday 29 December 2011 comments

The year when the word ‘progressive’ lost all its meaning

After the events of 2011, radical humanists will have to fight hard to reclaim the p-word.