April 2014

Matthias Heitmann Germany Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

Germany’s crusade against ethically incorrect ideas

Everything from licence plates to street names has been on the receiving end of the German elite’s new censoriousness.

Sadhvi Sharma Sweden Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

Sweden is no haven of liberty

Even this supposedly liberal paradise has laws against saying offensive things.

spiked podcast Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

‘Football fans are treated like scum by the authorities’

The crackdown on Scottish football fans is the free-speech battle the chattering classes choose to ignore.

Tim Black Interview Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

‘Everything should be open to question’

Kindly Inquisitors author Jonathan Rauch on the importance of doubt.

John Stuart Mill Voices from history Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

Against the tyranny of the majority

John Stuart Mill on why we need to awake from the ‘deep slumber of decided opinion’.

spiked podcast Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

‘If we hadn't defended NAMBLA, no one would have’

Wendy Kaminer explains why the ACLU defended a notorious paedophile group.

Karl Marx Voices from history Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

‘A free press must be free to question everything’

Karl Marx argues that a free press isn't free when it is forced to conform to the morality of the day.

John Locke Voices from history Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

‘Live by the light of your own reason’

John Locke on why no one should blindly resign himself to the will of his rulers.

Wendy Kaminer Feature Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

We must tolerate assaults on the truths we hold dear

True freedom of speech means acknowledging that we ourselves might just be wrong.

Brendan O’Neill Campaign introduction Wednesday 2 April 2014 comments

Let everyone think what he likes and say what he thinks

Why spiked is launching a campaign for unfettered freedom of speech.

James Woudhuysen Thursday 3 April 2014 comments

Making the case for shale gas and oil

Both advocates and critics of fracking have it wrong. Also, both use the wrong word.

Luke Gittos Thursday 3 April 2014 comments

Cinderella Law: the Grimm fiction of emotional abuse

New child-neglect laws will criminalise normal aspects of parenting.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 4 April 2014 comments

Should Roy Hodgson ban the WAGs?

The pre-match sex debate is as old as sport itself, but it only distracts from England's bigger problems.

Russell McCarthy Friday 4 April 2014 comments

Welsh e-cigs ban: liberty goes up in vapour

Government proposals to curb e-cigarette usage reek of irrational illiberalism.

Tom Slater Friday 4 April 2014 comments

Kurt Cobain: fear and loathing of the fans

How Nirvana killed the spirit of youth culture.

Tom Slater Monday 7 April 2014 comments

‘I've been told that I’m not welcome on campus’

A libertarian student slams the groupthink dominating UK student unions.

Martyn Perks Monday 7 April 2014 comments

Brazil: Not the Web We Want

Brazil's internet bill of rights is more concerned with advancing national interests than internet freedom.

Frank Furedi Monday 7 April 2014 comments

How the Great War laid waste to liberal education

The First World War unravelled adult authority over the next generation.

Christopher Snowdon Tuesday 8 April 2014 comments

A grotesque illustration of modern politics

Politicians pursue pointless, illiberal policies like plain packaging as a cheap way of scoring points against each other.

Mick Hume Tuesday 8 April 2014 comments

The real Miller’s tale: the threat to press freedom

The real scandal is the culture secretary’s attempt to lay down Leveson’s law.

Sean Collins Tuesday 8 April 2014 comments

The purge of
gay-marriage heretics begins

The ousting of Brendan Eich from Mozilla sets a dangerous precedent.

Joanna Williams Thursday 10 April 2014 comments

Toby Young
vs The Blob

Young talks to spiked about his war on UK education’s child-centred orthodoxy.

Luke Gittos Thursday 10 April 2014 comments

‘Victims’ justice’ is no justice at all

Labour is using victims of crime as an excuse to undermine centuries of hard-won rights for defendants.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 10 April 2014 comments

Weeping for Peaches: ersatz grief gone mad

The Geldof grief-fest shows how ravenous the cult of mourning has become.

Norman Lewis Friday 11 April 2014 comments

The social life of the networked teen

On social networks, kids have found the unprotected, adult-free spaces now denied to them in the real world.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 11 April 2014 comments

Hi-tech Malthusianism does progress no favours

Tyler Cowen’s new book underestimates the benefits society could reap from new technology.

Angus Kennedy Friday 11 April 2014 comments

Matthew Arnold's error: the state is bad for culture

In order to judge 'the best which has been thought and said in the world', individuals must be free to discriminate.

Nancy McDermott Friday 11 April 2014 comments

Helicopter parents vs cotton-wool kids

Parenting Culture Studies cuts through the confusing world of modern parenting.

Bruno Waterfield Friday 11 April 2014 comments

Orwell’s war on the orthodoxies of left and right

Into the heart of the rebellious, liberty-loving, contrary heart of George Orwell.

Dolan Cummings Friday 11 April 2014 comments

India's election: the world’s largest question mark

Dolan Cummings on the biggest election in the history of mankind.

Frank Furedi Friday 11 April 2014 comments

Let's make Paine's Age of Reason a reality

Burke's paternalism won out over Paine's liberalism. Let the fightback begin.

Patrick West Monday 14 April 2014 comments

If Scotland goes, it should take Northern Ireland with it

Scottish independence would spell the end of British identity in Ulster.

Frank Furedi Monday 14 April 2014 comments

Nigel Evans trial: UK prosecutors are playing God

This showtrial gave us disturbing insights into the cult of the victim.

Duleep Allirajah Monday 14 April 2014 comments

‘Fat Scottish wanker’? It’s just banter

Pantomime name-calling at football matches should not be a crime.

Niall Crowley Tuesday 15 April 2014 comments

Twenty Feet From Stardom: the decline of the pop professional

A new documentary pays tribute to the unsung performers behind pop's biggest hits.

Neil Ross Wednesday 16 April 2014 comments

Don’t let artistic expression take the rap

Prosecuting people on the basis of song lyrics sets a horrifying precedent.

Tom Slater Wednesday 16 April 2014 comments

Calvary: the sins of the fathers

A black comedy about a good priest battling cynicism comes to confused and troubling conclusions.

Mick Hume Wednesday 16 April 2014 comments

The fan-bashing spirit of the Eighties lives on

Attitudes to football fans have changed since Hillsborough. But for the better?

John Milton Free speech Thursday 17 April 2014 comments

‘Let Truth and Falsehood grapple’

John Milton on why a free and open public sphere is the best way to the truth.

Tim Black Thursday 17 April 2014 comments

Turkey’s Twitter twitch-hunt

Prime Minister Erdogan’s war on social media is uncannily similar to the war on unacceptable speech in the West.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 17 April 2014 comments

‘The state should never be the arbiter of what people can think’

Brendan O’Neill meets the Voltaire-inspired attorney general of Australia.

Solomon Roark Tuesday 22 April 2014 comments

The Grand designs of Wes Anderson

With The Grand Budapest Hotel, the American director once again proves that style is substance.

Patrick Hayes Tuesday 22 April 2014 comments

Big Brother can’t prevent nosy neighbours

The UK's CCTV czar should focus on cutting state surveillance and butt out of our backyards.

Tim Black Tuesday 22 April 2014 comments

Cyril Smith: no justice for dead men

The moral crusade against child abuse invents its own truth.

Rob Lyons Wednesday 23 April 2014 comments

Vote against independence or we’re doomed!

Those campaigning for a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum are blowing it by being relentlessly negative.

Mick Hume Wednesday 23 April 2014 comments

Six random lessons of the David Moyes debacle

spiked’s resident ‘Cockney Red’ on the latest circus surrounding Man United.

Luke Gittos Thursday 24 April 2014 comments

Family court reform: a disaster for parents

In the name of efficiency, the Children and Families Act will make it easier to take children away from their parents.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 24 April 2014 comments

Will, Kate and the myth of a monarchist revival

Their Oz trip shows that both republicanism and monarchism are screwed.

Tim Black Thursday 24 April 2014 comments

George Brandis and the new authoritarians

The response to that interview showed that when it comes to climate change, no dissent is allowed.

Duleep Allirajah Friday 25 April 2014 comments

Tony Pulis is a football genius

At Crystal Palace, Pulis has shown that there's more to him than hoof-ball and baseball caps.

Angus Kennedy Friday 25 April 2014 comments

The vital importance of being moral

Essay: To be moral requires something routinely denigrated today: individual freedom.

Rosamund Cuckston Monday 28 April 2014 comments

Keep mindless silence out of schools

Mindfulness and meditation in schools encourage children to switch off their brains.

Frank Furedi Monday 28 April 2014 comments

The war on paedos: grooming the public’s fears

The main casualty of Cameron's war on terror rip-off will be common sense.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 29 April 2014 comments

Public health adopts the missionary position

Health campaigners demand ever more regulation of our lives – and it's our personal independence that is being shafted.

Nigel Scott Tuesday 29 April 2014 comments

Wikipedia: where truth dies online

Run by cliquish, censorious editors and open to pranks and vandalism, Wikipedia is worthless and damaging.

Tim Black Tuesday 29 April 2014 comments

South Korea ferry disaster: playing the blame game

Pundits have even blamed South Korean culture for the Sewol tragedy.

Jim Butcher Wednesday 30 April 2014 comments

Chris Packham: getting in a flap over Malta

Maltese bird-hunters are right to be enraged at the British naturalist’s crusade against them.

Sean Collins Wednesday 30 April 2014 comments

A not-so Sterling attack on free speech

The LA Clippers owner has been hounded out of the NBA for a speech crime.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 30 April 2014 comments

Same-sex marriage: coercion dolled up as civil rights

Stop treating Brendan Eich as a one-off – gay marriage is inherently illiberal.