January 2017

Christian Butler Tuesday 3 January 2017 comments

Why comedians must be free to say ‘faggot’

The calls to slap trigger warnings on Eddie Murphy's old stand-up special are insulting to gay people.

Rob Lyons Tuesday 3 January 2017 comments

Smokers enjoy cigarettes – deal with it

The anti-smoking brigade doesn't understand pleasure.

Tim Black Tuesday 3 January 2017 comments

Russia-bashing: the world’s most dangerous blame game

The conspiracy theory of seeing Putin’s hand in everything.

Justin Campbell Wednesday 4 January 2017 comments

The problem with facts

Political life cannot be driven by ‘evidence’ alone.

Luke Gittos Wednesday 4 January 2017 comments

We need freedom, not human rights

There's nothing to fear from repealing the Human Rights Act.

Tim Black Wednesday 4 January 2017 comments

In defence of dirt-digging journalism

How Section 40 will prevent journalists from speaking truth to power.

Bridget Yuill Thursday 5 January 2017 comments

The teaching assistants who took on the system

Durham TAs show us how to challenge pay cuts.

Naomi Firsht Thursday 5 January 2017 comments

New Year, same old nanny state

In 2017, let's cast off the public-health killjoys.

Mick Hume Thursday 5 January 2017 comments

Leveson II: revenge of the freedom-snatchers

A second showtrial of the press would be a disaster for journalism.

James Walker Friday 6 January 2017 comments

Students should stand up for press freedom

A London student on why he's fighting the anti-tabloid snobbery of both SUs and the state.

Ella Whelan Friday 6 January 2017 comments

The narcissism of foreign aid

It's now entirely about making Westerners feel good.

Tom Slater Friday 6 January 2017 comments

Why the alt-right and the illiberals need each other

The response to Milo’s book deal is the reason he has a book deal.

spiked podcast Saturday 7 January 2017 comments

‘The PC war is becoming interminable’

Podcast: Tom Slater on the alt-right and illiberal liberals.

James Woudhuysen Monday 9 January 2017 comments

The robots aren’t taking over

The idea that IT is surpassing human beings sells us short.

James Heartfield Monday 9 January 2017 comments

We’re doomed!

Another eco-doomsday claim is proven wrong.

Tom Slater Monday 9 January 2017 comments

24 hours to save the press

Leveson is driven by a fear and loathing of the public. You can fight it.

Emily Dinsmore Tuesday 10 January 2017 comments

Taking on the tabloid-bashers

Queen Mary student Emily Dinsmore on why she made a stand for press freedom.

Frank Furedi Tuesday 10 January 2017 comments

RIP Zygmunt Bauman

The energetic doubter of modernity has died.

Tim Black Tuesday 10 January 2017 comments

NHS: the state religion

The sacralisation of the NHS reduces citizens to patients.

Ken McLaughlin Tuesday 10 January 2017 comments

Mental health: stigma isn’t the problem

We need better resources for mental care, not awareness-raising.

Naomi Firsht Tuesday 10 January 2017 comments

And the award for most patronising speech goes to...

Meryl and Co, spare us the preaching.

Andy Shaw Wednesday 11 January 2017 comments

Fracking is the future

We need to remake the case for progress and plenty.

Josie Appleton Wednesday 11 January 2017 comments

Turning neighbour against neighbour

Anti-social-behaviour policies are breaking down community bonds.

Joanna Williams Wednesday 11 January 2017 comments

University isn’t about ‘satisfaction’

Academics should teach students – not look after them.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 11 January 2017 comments

Gender quotas are an insult to women

Stop offering women a patronising leg-up into politics.

Brendan O’Neill Wednesday 11 January 2017 comments

Watersportsgate: who’s post-truth now?

Why liberal hacks are going wild for the dodgy dossier on Trump.

Tom Bailey Thursday 12 January 2017 comments

They’re all Hamiltonians now

The liberals bashing the Electoral College are far from democrats.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl Thursday 12 January 2017 comments

Who decides what is fake news?

The German clampdown on ‘misinformation’ is a threat to free speech.

Mick Hume Thursday 12 January 2017 comments

Yes, Obama, democracy is in danger – but not from voters

His speech put a ‘democratic’ spin on age-old elite prejudices.

Andrew Doyle Friday 13 January 2017 comments

Trump isn’t clever enough for urinary Dadaism

It is an indictment of the liberal left that they’re sharing the piss story.

Christian Butler Friday 13 January 2017 comments

The Passion of Scorsese

Silence has its flaws, but it speaks to Scorsese’s greatness.

Jacob Furedi Friday 13 January 2017 comments

To some, Israel is the new Illuminati

Anti-Israel conspiracy theories are rife in the mainstream media.

Tim Black Friday 13 January 2017 comments

Graham Taylor: a decent man out of time

Football's new fans couldn't stand what Taylor represented.

Tom Slater Friday 13 January 2017 comments

We’re all haters now

If a middle-of-the-road speech now counts as a ‘hate incident’, we’re all screwed.

spiked podcast Saturday 14 January 2017 comments

Why liberals are now falling for fake news

Podcast: Brendan O'Neill on the media's reaction to the Trump dossier.

Henry Scanlan Monday 16 January 2017 comments

Fabric: a Pyrrhic victory?

The club has reopened, but under stringent new rules.

Wendy Kaminer Monday 16 January 2017 comments

Milo isn’t dangerous, but censorship is

The equation of words and violence harms open debate.

Tom Bailey Monday 16 January 2017 comments

A pro-EU strike? Good luck with that...

AC Grayling's latest anti-Brexit idea underlines how cynical elite Remainers have become.

Alexander Adams Monday 16 January 2017 comments

Samuel Beckett: a man of letters

Beckett’s letters reveal a personality inseparable from the act of writing.

Tim Black Monday 16 January 2017 comments

For Hunt, the party’s over

But the Corbynistas are as aloof as the 'Blairites'.

Maren Thom Tuesday 17 January 2017 comments

In defence of Sky’s white MJ

Art and entertainment must be free to be offensive.

Ben Pile Tuesday 17 January 2017 comments

London is not bound in toxic smog

The scaremongering about air pollution is blighting innovation in the capital.

Sean Collins Tuesday 17 January 2017 comments

Obama is not your saviour

Sean Collins on the cult of Obama and the crisis of American politics.

Pauline Hadaway Tuesday 17 January 2017 comments

Northern Ireland: crisis or opportunity?

Perhaps the Irish might now be allowed to move beyond the past.

Brendan O’Neill Tuesday 17 January 2017 comments

Two cheers for Theresa May

The fury over her speech is really a fury with democracy.

Sumantra Maitra Wednesday 18 January 2017 comments

Trump and Obama: foreign-policy bedfellows

Both men are reluctant interventionists, but no less dangerous for that.

James Woudhuysen Wednesday 18 January 2017 comments

The real problem with the US economy

Job losses in manufacturing can’t simply be blamed on China or IT.

Patrick Hayes Wednesday 18 January 2017 comments

Brexit Britain should thrive, not survive

Philip Hammond’s ‘tax haven’ threat speaks to a lack of economic vision.

Tom Slater Wednesday 18 January 2017 comments

Policing criticism of Islam: the new Star Chamber

Newspapers are being forced to recant their questioning of Islam.

Christian Butler Thursday 19 January 2017 comments

La La Land: a Golden Age beauty

Finally, a modern movie-musical that doesn’t mock itself.

Luke Gittos Thursday 19 January 2017 comments

Can we destroy civil liberties? Yes we can

Obama was worse for freedom and peace than Bush was.

Naomi Firsht Thursday 19 January 2017 comments

Labour: from socialism to miserabilism

Corbynistas are made more outraged by the rich than by poverty.

Mick Hume Thursday 19 January 2017 comments

‘Project Fear’: selling democracy by the pound

Brexit is about much more than currency rates and share prices

Christian Butler Friday 20 January 2017 comments

It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism

Trans activists can’t just censor every awkward question.

Patrick West Friday 20 January 2017 comments

At last – a president who doesn’t claim to be Irish

Trump has broken with the blarney of claiming green roots.

Brendan O’Neill Friday 20 January 2017 comments

Obama is not your ‘magical negro’

The Obama years confirmed the usurping of politics by therapy.

Tom Slater Friday 20 January 2017 comments

What’s scarier than Trump? The elite revolt against him

Commentators, celebs, the CIA – all are in open revolt against democracy.

spiked podcast Saturday 21 January 2017 comments

‘The battle for democracy is only just beginning’

We discuss Brexit battles, crisis in Northern Ireland and America under Obama.

Nancy McDermott Monday 23 January 2017 comments

March of the nice people

The Seneca Falls Women's March was kind and funny, but was it political?

Joanna Williams Monday 23 January 2017 comments

Women’s March: the right way to tackle Trump?

Trump should be protested against, but not like this.

spiked Monday 23 January 2017 comments

Brexit and the Battle for Democracy

Watch spiked’s new film on the fight for democratic rights.

Patrick Hannaford Monday 23 January 2017 comments

The rise and fall of Mike Baird

New South Wales' paternalistic premier is retiring.

Tim Black Tuesday 24 January 2017 comments

Don’t let politics leak away

The political and media class is beholden to a culture of leaking.

Daniel Pryor Tuesday 24 January 2017 comments

The right is no friend of free speech

The crying over that ‘white genocide’ tweet is ridiculous.

Jon Holbrook Tuesday 24 January 2017 comments

Against the juridification of everyday life

A new law on who can sit where on a bus undermines community life.

Tom Slater Tuesday 24 January 2017 comments

This is not a victory for parliamentary sovereignty

The Brexit case was driven by disdain for the demos, not love for parliament.

James Heartfield Wednesday 25 January 2017 comments

When is it okay to punch a fascist?

The online revelling in the smacking of Richard Spencer is pretty tragic.

Ella Whelan Wednesday 25 January 2017 comments

Fighting back against Trump’s global gag rule

Women around the world should stand up for abortion rights.

Frank Furedi Wednesday 25 January 2017 comments

There is an alternative

Brexit and other populist revolts create the space for a new politics.

Alan Hudson Wednesday 25 January 2017 comments

John Berger’s ways of seeing

The art critic and the search for meaning.

Jacob Furedi Wednesday 25 January 2017 comments

Let’s kick the state out of free debate

China’s campus clampdown is shocking. But state censorship is a growing problem in the West, too.

Charlie Pearson Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

In defence of Australia Day

It’s about celebrating a modern, successful nation, not colonialism.

Patrick Marmion Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

Battle of the gobshites

The McGregor-Morgan spat took celebrity self-righteousness to new heights.

Phil Mullan Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

Keeping the zombie economy on its feet

May’s industrial strategy isn’t enough to boost productivity.

Wendy Kaminer Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

Trump goes ‘full Orwell’

An insecure, illiberal man-child now occupies the White House.

Mick Hume Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

Brexit backlash: welcome to the age of demock-racy

Elitists trying to thwart the people’s will now claim to defend democracy.

Patrick West Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

We have reached peak ‘you’re racist!’

The charge of racism is now used to silence people we disagree with.

Andrew Doyle Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

Sorry, Saatchi, but selfies aren’t art

Please don’t hang drunken snaps from Tinder next to Velázquez.

Naomi Firsht Thursday 26 January 2017 comments

‘I had no option but to fight for the truth’

Deborah Lipstadt on Denial, David Irving and free speech.

Angus Kennedy Friday 27 January 2017 comments

The self in
history

Rejecting our common inheritance has dire consequences for the future.

Alex Standish Friday 27 January 2017 comments

The neoliberal individual

Ralph Fevre’s latest explores the future of work and politics.

Daniel Ben-Ami Friday 27 January 2017 comments

In defence of rational man

Behavioural economics adds a pseudo-scientific sheen to anti-democracy.

Stuart Derbyshire Friday 27 January 2017 comments

Exploding myths of gender

Cordelia Fine’s excellent new book takes apart the idea that male and female behaviours are determined by evolution.

Tim Black Friday 27 January 2017 comments

The analysed
self

Psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz on how we lose and find ourselves.