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Review of books

December 2014
‘We’re living in a tyranny of like-mindedness’
‘We’re living in a tyranny of like-mindedness’

Tim Black

‘We’re living in a tyranny of like-mindedness’

Howard Jacobson on Jews, comedy, dystopia and why ‘agreement is terrifying’.

December 2014

Review of books

In this month’s spiked review of books, the brilliant Howard Jacobson ponders the deadly seriousness of comedy, and the eternal return of anti-Semitism; Ann Furedi praises a pro-abortion manifesto from Katha Pollitt; Mick Hume revels in the comic glories of Viz. Plus, spiked writers name their books of the year – enjoy!

Review of books

November 2014
Meet the state-loving libertarian
Meet the state-loving libertarian

Tim Black

Meet the state‑loving libertarian

Shami Chakrabarti’s On Liberty is a libel on John Stuart Mill.

November 2014

Review of books

In this month's spiked review of books, Emily Hill descends into the vagina-gazing world of Lena Dunham; Mick Hume enjoys a vital takedown of the myth of racist Britain; Tim Black struggles through Shami Chakrabarti's On Liberty; and Jon Holbrook explores the judicial assault on democracy... and there's much more besides. Dive in!

Review of books

October 2014
Why it’s bad to be protected from offence
Why it’s bad to be protected from offence

Neil Ross

Why it’s bad to be protected from offence

Greg Lukianoff's Freedom From Speech skewers the idea that we have the right not to be offended.

October 2014

Review of books

In this month's spiked review of books, we take a look at the threat posed by illiberal liberals to our everyday freedoms. Sean Collins praises Joel Kotkin's exposure of the gap between the patronising, know-it-all secular priesthood and the rest of us; Neil Ross enjoys Greg Lukianoff's takedown of those dedicated to protecting students from 'dangerous' speech; Jennie Bristow finds the final part of Ken Follett's twentieth-century trilogy a useful corrective to today's culture of fear... and there's much more besides. Get stuck in!

Review of books

September 2014
Owen Jones: mouthpiece of middle-class moralism
Owen Jones: mouthpiece of middle-class moralism

Brendan O’Neill

Owen Jones: mouthpiece of middle-class moralism

With the bourgeoisie and workers in retreat, a bland new politics is emerging.

September 2014

Review of books

In this month's spiked review of books, we ask some awkward questions about some of the most vaunted authors in Britain today. Mick Hume takes on Nick Davies, acclaimed journalist and the hero of Hackgate; I find myself perplexed by Owen Jones' conspiracist rage against a made-up Establishment; Bruno Waterfield shows why Will Self is not fit to lace George Orwell's boots; and Tim Black peers into Ian McEwan's faith-shaped hole.... And there's much more besides. Enjoy!

Review of books

August 2014
Academics against knowledge
Academics against knowledge

Joanna Williams

Academics against knowledge

Meet the academics who think academic freedom is a neoliberal conspiracy.

August 2014

Review of books

In this month's spiked review of books, we tackle big, burning generational questions. Jennie Bristow calls for a break to all the baby boomer-bashing of recent years; Ellamay Russell rejects the self-elected spokeswomen for her generation of young women and their depiction of women as victims; and Julie Bindel looks at the shift from radicalism to conformism between the old and new gay generations. And there's much more besides. Enjoy!

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