Books 25 April 2008

Modernism and the ‘lure of heresy’

Peter Gay’s authoritative and lively history of the modernists captures their personalities and heretical approach. But it fails to place them in their profound historical context.

23 April 2008

The rights and wrongs of ‘the right to die’

To mark the release of the controversial big-screen comedy Three And Out, spiked is hosting a debate in London on euthanasia.

21 April 2008

Turning China into a whipping boy

A debate about the Olympics sent out a clear message: Britain may no longer be Great, but at least we aren’t China.

15 April 2008

Funny Games and
the end of narrative

Michael Haneke’s blood-spattered parody-of-a-thriller unwittingly captures bourgeois European fears of ‘the American virus’.

3 April 2008

Virtual nightmares about social networking

‘Children at risk online!’ declare two new British reports. Yet they seem to be based more on unfounded fears about web weirdos and ignorant parents than on hard facts.

1 April 2008

Is it time to build on the green belt?

Buy your tickets now for the live spiked debate on whether new homes should be built on the green and pleasant lands that circle towns and cities.

26 March 2008

How the Church exploits secular uncertainty

Catholic opposition to creating hybrid embryos is a pain. But doubt about experimentation and 'playing god' is rife in secular circles, too.

19 March 2008

Beijing 2008: choking on China-bashing

Claims that the great Beijing smog will possibly kill Western athletes are based more on hot air than hard facts.

13 March 2008

Swearing an oath of allegiance to me

The attacks on the proposal that schoolkids should swear an oath to Queen Elizabeth II were driven more by narcissism than republicanism.

11 March 2008

Shannon: overshadowed by Our Maddie

Why hasn’t the missing working-class girl Shannon Matthews received the same attention as Madeleine McCann?