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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!

Review of books

July 2014
Isaiah vs Isaac: a philosophers’ catfight
Isaiah vs Isaac: a philosophers’ catfight

Christopher Bray

Isaiah vs Isaac: a philosophers’ catfight

Isaiah Berlin’s run-ins with Isaac Deutscher show what a bitch Berlin could be.

July 2014

Review of books

In this month’s spiked review of books, Helene Guldberg cheers a psychiatrist’s revolt against the branding of everyone as mentally disordered, Daniel Ben-Ami wonders when liberals became so illiberal, Rob Killick praises Rod Liddle’s one-man war against the New Establishment, Christopher Bray reveals how bitchy Isaiah Berlin could be… and there’s more besides. Enjoy!

Review of books

June 2014
A one-eyed view of the working class
A one-eyed view of the working class

Neil Davenport

A one-eyed view of the working class

Selina Todd’s new tome is long on research but short on insight.

June 2014

Review of books

Never shy of tackling the big questions, in this month's spiked review of books we take on God, morality and learning. Michael Fitzpatrick wonders why mankind struggles to fill its God-shaped hole; Frank Furedi calls for moral judgement instead of nudging; and Tim Black and Joanna Williams interrogate the crisis of education. Enjoy!

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