April 2016

Christian Butler Friday 1 April 2016 comments

Anomalisa: an uncanny success

Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion film is among his most human.

James Heartfield Friday 1 April 2016 comments

Hi-Rise: a social breakdown with style

Ben Wheatley brings JG Ballard’s 1970s toffs-v-plebs dystopia to fabulous-looking life.

spiked podcast Friday 1 April 2016 comments

‘Let’s breathe life back into the Enlightenment’

We discuss Enlightenment, academies and the Ghomeshi trial.

Penny Lewis Monday 4 April 2016 comments

Zaha Hadid: an architectural visionary

In play-it-safe times, Hadid's social ambition shone through.

spiked podcast Monday 4 April 2016 comments

‘The sugar tax is stupid and regressive’

Listen to the first episode of Last Orders, our new public-health podcast.

Mick Hume Monday 4 April 2016 comments

No, boxing is not ‘barbaric’

The latest round of blows at boxing are aimed below the belt.

Charlie Peters Tuesday 5 April 2016 comments

At my university, censorship is out of control

An Edinburgh student on how even head-shaking is now being banned.

Phil Mullan Tuesday 5 April 2016 comments

Steel-industry woes: what Britain must do next

Save Our Steel? We should be creating, not saving, jobs.

Tim Black Wednesday 6 April 2016 comments

The West’s death sentence on Syria

Assad and Russia are cleaning up a mess made by Western meddlers.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 6 April 2016 comments

Hillary, quit the gender game and give us some politics

Ella Whelan reports from yesterday’s Hillary rally in Brooklyn.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 6 April 2016 comments

The Panama Papers: rich-bashing won’t fix the crisis

Moral disgust with the super-wealthy is such lame socialism.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 6 April 2016 comments

No, Charlie Hebdo’s editorial is not racist

Turns out the Charlie haters are even dimmer than we thought.

Luke Gittos Thursday 7 April 2016 comments

The Archers: fiction or propaganda?

Someone should tell the producers that soaps are meant to entertain, not ‘raise awareness’.

Tom Slater Thursday 7 April 2016 comments

Now it’s war on the wiggas

Cultural appropriation is re-racialising campus life.

Sean Collins Thursday 7 April 2016 comments

Is the game rigged against Trump and Sanders?

No, these outsiders aren’t being done in by their parties.

John Keane Friday 8 April 2016 comments

Paine and misery

In Thomas Paine, the radical Enlightenment belief that all social and political ills were remediable found its most passionate champion.

Patrick West Friday 8 April 2016 comments

Ian McEwan is right about trans consumerism

Pick’n’mix genderfluidity springs from the cult of consumerism.

Tom Slater Friday 8 April 2016 comments

‘Trump supporters are uneducated’

Tom Slater finds a fair bit of prejudice among anti-Trump activists in Long Island.

spiked podcast Saturday 9 April 2016 comments

‘Universities should be dangerous spaces’

Jonathan Haidt talks Safe Spaces, microaggressions and campus fragility.

Barbara Hewson Monday 11 April 2016 comments

Why Kesha deserved to lose

The pop star's claims were flakey and stale, and didn't stand up.

Mick Hume Monday 11 April 2016 comments

Junk the injunctions, and free the press

There are bigger issues than celeb sex lives behind this farcical gag.

Tim Black Monday 11 April 2016 comments

Tax returns and the end of politics

Since when has tax been an index of a politician’s virtue?

Ella Whelan Tuesday 12 April 2016 comments

Positive Hell: silencing the HIV heretics

A controversial documentary has been censored by a film festival.

Todd Gillespie Tuesday 12 April 2016 comments

Now snowflake students are covering up paintings

At the University of Cape Town ‘offensive’ art is being hidden.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Tuesday 12 April 2016 comments

Germany’s unfunny attack on the freedom to mock

Don't blame Turkey for Germany's prosecution of a satirist.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 12 April 2016 comments

‘Women are being jailed for having abortions’

Ella Whelan discusses abortion and freedom with American pro-choicers.

Ciaran Morrissey Wednesday 13 April 2016 comments

Prevent: this is state censorship, not ‘safeguarding’

The UK counterterror strategy is strangling debate on campus.

Tom Slater Wednesday 13 April 2016 comments

How to make your university an Unsafe Space

Read Tom Slater’s manifesto for free speech on campus, from his new book.

Rob Lyons Thursday 14 April 2016 comments

Fat chance of a debate: meet the foodie censors

Nutrition researchers are undermining science with censorship.

Joanna Williams Thursday 14 April 2016 comments

How the EU strangles scholarship

A Brexit would help us fight the bureaucratisation of universities.

Brendan O’Neill Thursday 14 April 2016 comments

Why has the Guardian declared war on internet freedom?

The voice of liberal England is seriously illiberal about the web.

Christian Butler Friday 15 April 2016 comments

Led Zeppelin on trial: you can’t copyright a cliché

The plagiarism case against Plant and Page reeks of desperation.

Patrick West Friday 15 April 2016 comments

Muslims aren’t the problem – Western self-doubt is

Euro-Islamism springs from decades of cultural cringe.

spiked Friday 15 April 2016 comments

‘Lena Dunham is a big pile of pudding’

Camille Paglia talks to Ella Whelan about feminism, transgenderism and Hillary.

Frank Furedi Monday 18 April 2016 comments

Reclaiming Europe from the EU

The EU sees European history as a source of shame. It is wrong.

Mick Hume Monday 18 April 2016 comments

A sordid attempt to whip press freedom into submission

Who’s really exposed by the non-story of Whittingdale and the dominatrix?

Luke Gittos Monday 18 April 2016 comments

Fry’s right – self-pity is nothing to celebrate

The belief that sexual abuse is uniquely traumatising is damaging to victims.

Charlie Peters Tuesday 19 April 2016 comments

Mental-health activism makes you sick

The campus obsession with wellbeing is infantilising students.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 19 April 2016 comments

The kids are all right

Teenage angst is not a serious mental-health issue.

spiked podcast Tuesday 19 April 2016 comments

‘Students must challenge the cult of psychic vulnerability’

Listen to Brendan O'Neill's introduction to our student free-speech meet-up.

Paul Rota Wednesday 20 April 2016 comments

Bureaucracy is bad for free speech

A University of Exeter student tells spiked why he is standing against #Right2Debate.

Tom Slater Wednesday 20 April 2016 comments

The EU’s use and abuse of Syrian migrants

Whether it's welcoming or deporting them, the EU is behaving cynically.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 20 April 2016 comments

Leftists for the EU: the radical wing of the oligarchy

The left’s journey from democracy to technocracy is complete.

Daniel Thilén Thursday 21 April 2016 comments

The problem with Sweden’s state-approved press

Swedish newspapers must cut the umbilical cord to the authorities.

Tony Pierce Thursday 21 April 2016 comments

London, it’s time for a new industrial revolution

Let’s make London the industrial centre of the future.

Tim Black Thursday 21 April 2016 comments

The Muslim versus the Posh Boy

The London election has been reduced to a shallow battle of identities.

Patrick West Friday 22 April 2016 comments

Don Quixote: birth and death of the novel

Cervantes’ classic was the first postmodern novel. Pity it wasn't the last too.

Christian Butler Friday 22 April 2016 comments

Prince, pop’s genius

His dedication to his craft made him one of the greats of popular culture.

spiked podcast Friday 22 April 2016 comments

‘Trump is as politically correct as anyone else’

The threat of Trumpism and the fall of Bernie – this week's podcast.

Tom Slater Friday 22 April 2016 comments

The union that students need

It’s time to smash the NUS and start anew.

Jennie Bristow Monday 25 April 2016 comments

What we lose when Baby Boomers die

Bowie, Prince, Victoria Wood… they remind us of a more liberated era.

Sean Collins Monday 25 April 2016 comments

Berned out

Boiled down, Bernie Sanders’ message was just too pessimistic.

Frank Furedi Monday 25 April 2016 comments

Can humanity live without borders?

ESSAY: There is little enlightened about being ‘post-borders’ today.

Joanna Williams Tuesday 26 April 2016 comments

Why feminists are so down on sex

Meet the puritans who think sex is bad for women.

Tim Black Tuesday 26 April 2016 comments

The tyranny of transparency

In the absence of privacy, conformism flourishes.

Ella Whelan Tuesday 26 April 2016 comments

Abortion wars: women fight back

Women are fighting for their bodily autonomy.

Tom Slater Music Tuesday 26 April 2016 comments

Prince: everyone’s freak

The Purple One was more than a hero to lonely outsiders.

James Heartfield Wednesday 27 April 2016 comments

For a London a hundred miles wide

Let’s build on the Green Belt and let the city breathe.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 27 April 2016 comments

Afrika Bambaataa: convicted by Twitter trial

The war on statutes of limitation is bad for justice.

Brendan O’Neill London Mayoral Election Wednesday 27 April 2016 comments

A deep green in charge of London? I don’t think so

Having Zac Goldsmith run London would be like asking a nun to run a brothel.

Mick Hume Wednesday 27 April 2016 comments

Let’s make the whole of London a Free Speech Zone

Time for the capital city of freedom of expression to live up to its history.

Alexander Adams Thursday 28 April 2016 comments

The waltz of censorship

For the likes of Flaubert and Baudelaire, evading the censors was a very serious game.

Terri Murray Thursday 28 April 2016 comments

In the company of freedom lovers

Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Café is an inspiring portrait of thinkers for whom the personal is philosophical.

Vanessa Pupavac Thursday 28 April 2016 comments

Made in Germany

It took the likes of Herder and Schlegel to grasp the brilliance of Shakespeare’s tragic vision.

Critchley and Webster Thursday 28 April 2016 comments

Hegel on Hamlet

In Shakespeare’s most famous character, Hegel saw a tragic disgust with existence.

Brendan O’Neill Saturday 30 April 2016 comments

Labour, anti‑Semitism and the cult of ‘You Can’t Say That!’

The Livingstone debacle exposes both sides in Labour's anti-Semitism row.