Get as many Brits as possible to ring bells for the Olympic Games? Has the cultural establishment gone cuckoo?
Why are anti-Republicans more fascinated by Herman Cain's alleged sexual impropriety than his political ignorance?
By asserting a First Amendment ‘right to occupy’, the occupiers seem to want one rule for themselves and another for everyone else.
America on a Plate took a refreshingly positive look at two of America’s most demonised totems: roads and food.
Moneyball shows how statistics helped to change baseball. But maths won’t deliver football silverware.
A new book demolishes the neutral, scientific façade of the UN’s climate change body and reveals its real, debate-ending purpose.
Clarkson’s comments are considered dangerous because his audience is presumed to be a bunch of thicko automatons.
ESSAY: Scotland’s elite is trying to fashion a whole new identity built on anti-sectarianism.
Who’s more deluded: Iranian students who think Britain’s still an imperial threat, or British ministers who fantasise that Iran is EVIL?
Groups opposed to modern agriculture are using scare stories to try to have antibiotics banned on farms.
Women who choose to terminate a pregnancy have a moral obligation to do it as early as possible.
The Guardian’s study of the August riots is pure advocacy research, designed to harness the power of riotous menace to chattering-class causes.
The long-running drive to give Brussels greater power over EU member states is anti-growth and anti-democratic.
ESSAY: Japan’s attack on the US 70 years ago was not a surprise, but rather the culmination of imperial rivalry.
Why those who normally abhor celebrity culture are cheering the likes of Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan against the celeb-obsessed tabloids.
The late US soul singer Dobie Gray provided the theme tune for uppity working-class kids in 1960s Britain.
Boston’s ban on e-cigarettes shows what’s really driving the war on smoking: a weird desire to re-engineer our lifestyles.
A new British report claiming that nearly half of cancers are caused by our lifestyles should come with a health warning of its own.
If it wasn't for its piggish sex scene, The National Anthem would just be Martin Amis without the flair.
Like the miners fighting Thatcher, the Brazil team of the Eighties was defeated by its own outdated philosophy.
Bankrupt Britain could have been a fascinating snapshot of the UK if only its authors’ prejudices hadn’t got in the way.
ESSAY: When studies of infant feeding become ‘breast is best’ advocacy, it makes for bad research and bad policy.
Why are 1,000 newts holding up plans to build SnOasis, the world’s first indoor winter-sports resort?
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.
Green thinkers are plain wrong to claim there are natural limits to how much we can expand our economies.
Many of the anti-Murdoch stories of the past year have been based more on rumour than reality.
After much self-congratulation amongst safe-sex crusaders on Worlds AIDS Day, Philip Alcabes says their scaremongering was far from a good thing.
The last people you should trust to save the world are the whiners and bureaucrats gathered in Durban.
Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich may be unguarded, but at least we know what he really stands for.
The chattering classes’ hysterical reaction to David Cameron’s veto of a revised Lisbon Treaty reveals the dark heart of pro-EU sentiment.
The protests against the transitional government in Libya show the West can’t just hand down democracy from afar.
A draconian law passed in Scotland yesterday blurs the distinction between hurtful words and harmful deeds.
Almost everything we’ve been told about the ‘historic’ Euro-crisis summit is wrong. Here are five Euro-myths for starters.
Not only has NASA just found the Earth’s ‘twin’, this indie flick also reflects real-life attitudes to exploration of self and space.
The second follow-up to This is England looks back at the Eighties through the prism of clichés.
If there’s one thing that can bring rival football fans together, it’s a player or manager who’s bonkers.
Following the death of Christopher Hitchens, we republish Brendan O’Neill’s interview with him and his brother Peter from 10 years ago.
An Oakland start-up has received millions from Google to reduce our ‘slavery footprint’. Is this wise?
The anti-obesity industry is now so massive that it has to keep inventing health crises to justify its existence.
In the interests of democracy, fraternity and growth, Phil Mullan’s Christmas wish is for the speedy demise of the single European currency.
America’s un-Christmassy cards show a national inability to share each other's rituals and beliefs with confidence.
The Grinches at Occupy reveal what they really think of the masses they claim to represent: not a lot.
Michael Fitzpatrick recalls his first meeting with Christopher Hitchens 40 years ago, when there was more to him than flashy posturing.
Charities urge us to shop till Third World poverty drops, but ‘ethical consumption’ only makes Westerners feel good.
Those who have concluded that the August rioters were simply reacting to deprivation are deluding themselves.
Playwright-turned-president Vaclav Havel owed his status as anti-Communist rock star more to the West than to the Czech people.
The attempt to understand the fundamental laws of nature is a project that everyone - not just scientists - is a part of.
Two films about an alcoholic writer and troubled painter suggest we’re more interested in artists’ pain than their art.
An Argentinian take on the well-trodden road-movie genre is hugely uneventful - but it is worth staying till the end.
From the Japanese tsunami to the economic crisis, many believe mankind is ‘dwarfed by phenomena beyond our control’. But we aren’t.
Bankrupt Britain could have been a fascinating snapshot of the UK today if only its authors’ prejudices hadn’t got in the way.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 contributors offer their choices of the best and worst films, albums, plays and exhibitions of 2011.
It was a turbulent year across the world, yet petty fearmongers still grabbed their share of the headlines.
From bans on songs and leafleting to war against gossipy tabloids, 2011 was a bad year for free speech.
Whether we were cheering uprisings or challenging nuclear panic, spiked cut to the chase in 2011.
Things went from bad to worse for capitalism, yet big questions about the crisis were frozen out of debate.
Once, radicals used the media to try to spread their ideas. In 2011, the media class used radicals to spread its ideas.
After the events of 2011, radical humanists will have to fight hard to reclaim the p-word.