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Friday 1 August 2008 August 2008
Mick Hume
Don’t let EastEnders grind you down
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on why a 50-year-old Alan Sillitoe novel is far superior to today's grimy TV soaps.

Patrick West
The Countdown to the end
With Des O’Connor and Carol Vorderman departing, the end is nigh for Channel 4’s words and numbers quiz.

John Dennen
Boxing: a life less ordinary
Saturday's welterweight title fight exemplified the joy and brutality of the sport - and why it must not be banned.

Sean Collins
How the politics of lifestyle imprisons communities
A fascinating new book argues that Americans are forming separatist ‘lifestyle tribes’. How did this happen – and how can it be challenged?

Monday 4 August 2008
Tim Black
Barry George: a victim of emotional tyranny?
The fate of Barry George shows that the sort of public mourning unleashed by Jill Dando’s death has a dark, vengeful side.

John Dennen
Hadrian still speaks to us, but not about Iraq
The British Museum’s new exhibition is fascinating in its own right - so let's stop trying to make it so achingly now.

Brendan O’Neill
Starbucks and the socialism of fools
Commentators’ glee at the closure of 700 coffee shops, and the loss of more than 12,000 jobs, exposes the inhumanity of anti-globalisation.

Tuesday 5 August 2008
Brendan O’Neill
A green light to attack the Red Dragon
Yesterday’s massacre of Chinese police officers highlights the dangers behind the international politicisation of the Olympics.

Martyn Perks
Censorship online: who needs evidence?
A new UK parliamentary report says the internet must be regulated to protect children - even though there’s no proof they are being harmed.

Mick Hume
The privatisation of politics
New Labour’s power struggle looks like medieval-style infighting between courtly cliques, from which we peasants are excluded.

Wednesday 6 August 2008
Rob Lyons
Kingsnorth: a camp of uncritical conformity
The ‘climate campers’ pose as radical – yet their disdain for consumerism and love of sustainability makes them little different to Gordon Brown.

Nathalie Rothschild
Man on Wire: living life on a tightrope
A new heist-style docudrama about a Frenchman who crossed a tightrope between the Twin Towers is a spellbinding tribute to risky living.

Helene Guldberg
Don’t blame parents for ‘cotton-wool kids’
Today is Playday, a celebration of children’s ‘right to play’ - and an ideal time to have a kickabout with the culture of fear that imprisons our kids.

Thursday 7 August 2008
Mick Hume
Another fat-headed exercise
Read Mick Hume in The Times (London) on why he refused to let his child be weighed by the UK government’s health police.

Alan Miller
What not to wear... drink, eat or say
Alongside the election and the credit crunch, the endless policing of personal behaviour should be a Big Story in America.

Tim Black
The BBFC is scarier than The Dark Knight
The killjoy, censorious politicians calling on the BBFC to give the scary new Batman film a 15 certificate should grow some cojones.

Mick Hume
Sillitoe: still smokin’ after all these years
Fifty years on, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – a tale of boozing, womanising, resilience and aspiration – seems more uplifting than ever.

Friday 8 August 2008
Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to boycott Beijing?
Our ethical columnist discusses the Beijing Olympics

Tim Black
Putting the ‘I’ into
internationalism

The arrest of four Free Tibet protesters in Beijing shows that Tibet still fulfills the fantasies of posh, disillusioned Westerners.

Rob Lyons
spiked’s Top 10 Olympic moments
The Games have thrown up scores of incredible performances, political spats and glorious characters. Here's our pick of the best.

Brendan O’Neill
There is only one ‘Olympic value’: win, win, win
The assault on China even for its ‘gold medal culture’ exposes the mad mix of moral disdain and moral relativism behind China-bashing.

Monday 11 August 2008
Daniel Ben-Ami
Even capitalism’s fan club is losing faith
Why have free marketeers joined greens and ‘anti-capitalists’ in arguing that economic growth is a bad thing?

Kevin Yuill
Fear is no way to defend the right to bear arms
The push for new laws to allow guns on campus is built on the same irrational panic that fuels the campaign for gun controls.

Brendan O’Neill
Georgia: the messy truth behind the morality tale
The black-and-white reading of the horrific violence in South Ossetia overlooks the role of the ‘war on terror’ in destabilising the region.

Tuesday 12 August 2008
Lee Jones
Children, forward to the Glorious Green Future!
Kids are being re-educated to become moaning little Maoists forcing their ignorant mums and dads to ‘go green’.

Rob Lyons
From food to sex: defend spontaneity
Whether we’re drinking or fornicating, why are we always being told to ‘stop, think, proceed with caution’?

Frank Furedi
Spell it like it is
The idea that we shuold except student’s spelling misstakes as merely ‘variant spellings’ speaks to the denigration of Trooth in education.

Wednesday 13 August 2008
Peter Smith
Sun, sea, sand and snobbery
Ignore the shrill headlines about badly-behaved British tourists: the overwhelming majority have a great time overseas.

Tim Black
‘Our Maddie’ makes a media comeback
The silly-season resurrection of the McCann tragedy shows that this was always a cynical, elite-scripted drama.

Barrie Collins
Rwanda: obscuring the truth about the genocide
Far from being radical, the attacks on France for its role in the 1994 war are designed to whitewash Western intervention more broadly.

Thursday 14 August 2008
Nathalie Rothschild
Kicking against the plastic pricks
Why are some men getting stiff with rage over the sale of women’s sex toys in Sweden’s state-run pharmacies?

Rob Lyons
Medicine: the good, the bad and the ugly
A report on the lively, frequently passionate debate about medicine organised by spiked and Wellcome Collection.

Mick Hume
The Olympics: playing political games
The sporting festival has long been viewed through the political mood of the moment, from the age of empire to the politics of fear today.

Friday 15 August 2008
Mick Hume
A festival of pre-emptive grovelling
The threat to artistic freedom comes not from Islamists but from an invertebrate cultural elite: read Mick Hume in The Times.

Rob Lyons
A disgusting example of ‘junk television’
BBC3 has given us yet another helping of mechanically-generated TV designed to scare us about what we eat.

Duleep Allirajah
Forget diving, and let the real games begin
The first week of the Olympics is little more than a series of warm-up exercises before the real thing: track and field.

Dolan Cummings
Who’s afraid of corporate shills?
A new book on scary shills whitewashes the intellectual failures of the left, and shirks the task of putting forward a political alternative.

Monday 18 August 2008
Tara McCormack
The myth of a plucky republic
After Georgia: Far from ‘defending democracy’, Saakashvili and his backers have robbed Georgians of any real say over their fate.

Mick Hume
NATO, but not as they know it
After Georgia: The crisis in the Caucasus reveals the West’s Cold War-era peace-keeping alliance as a force of instability and division today.

Frank Furedi
Why the West can’t kick its Cold War habit
After Georgia: In an era of juvenile diplomacy and patternless foreign policy, Cold War talk can easily become Hot War horrors.

Tuesday 19 August 2008
Brendan O’Neill
The ping pong and the passion
Ignore the ignoramuses who say table tennis isn’t a real Olympic sport and behold Wang Hao: the greatest Olympian of 2008.

Neil Davenport
Blaming affluence for crime? That’s a bit rich
David Lammy’s ‘explanation’ for the teenage stabbings in London is a pointed attack on aspiration and prosperity.

Josie Appleton
Against all booze bans
The author of a report launched today calls for an end to the state control of public drinking. PLUS: Exclusive extract from a new study on the pub.

Wednesday 20 August 2008
Brendan O’Neill
Seeing through this
slitty-eyed hypocrisy

Spanish athletes have been slated for mocking the Chinese. So why is it okay for Free Tibet activists to peddle slitty-eyed prejudices?

Rob Johnston
The mad ranting of our next king
With his over-emotional, fact-lite insistence that GM is ‘destroying everything!’, Charles echoes his unfortunate ancestor George III.

Tim Black
Paedophile Imperialism
The British government is exploiting the odious Gary Glitter to smash freedom of movement and hector governments in the Third World.

Thursday 21 August 2008
Martyn Perks
The rise and rise of 'anti-design'
Designers who focus on producing only meek and sustainable things are denying their own creativity and impact on the world.

Rob Lyons
Drive this careless law off the statute books
A law that criminalises death by careless driving is New Labour’s ‘Dangerous Dogs moment’: desperate, crude, illiberal.

Tim Black
Outrunning sport’s witch-finder generals
Christine Ohuruogu’s gold medal in the Olympic 400m is a victory over grey-faced, doping-obsessed bureaucrats.

Brendan O’Neill
There’s another word for ‘water neutrality’: death
The demand that we should be ‘water wise’ shines a light on what lies behind the politics of environmentalism: shame at our existence.

Friday 22 August 2008
Shirley Dent
Why I am rabid about Rabbie
Ignore Jeremy Paxman’s attack on Robert Burns for being sentimental. The Scottish Bard was a fine, humanist poet.

Duleep Allirajah
What makes a great Olympian?
Michael Phelps’ medal haul is nothing to be sniffed at, but there’s more to greatness than the quantity of golds.

Patrick West
Forget the Games, here
come the gee-gees

With no nationalism, and sportsmen too tired to blab in interviews, horse-racing beats Beijing hands down.

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to take fat kids into care?
Why obese children are a heavy burden for Gaia to bear - and why they must be kept away from their resource-guzzling parents.

Kevin Rooney
From insurgency to identity
Like a magician wriggling free from a straitjacket, Sinn Fein ditched universalism and reinvented itself as a party of victimhood.

Tuesday 26 August 2008
Dolan Cummings
Raising a glass to public spiritedness
Yesterday’s ‘provocation picnic’ in Hyde Park was a protest against officialdom’s bizarre bans on public boozing.

Stuart Derbyshire
Humans are more important than animals
When it comes to using animals in research, the only moral judgement should be: does it benefit humankind?

Alastair Donald
‘We must break the limits of previous generations’
The creator of the world's first rotating skyscraper talks to spiked about changing the Dubai skyline and challenging post-9/11 gloom.

Wednesday 27 August 2008
Guy Rundle
Obama’s Democrats: as Conventional as ever
Guy Rundle reports from Denver on why the party is ignoring the working class: anything else would mean backing up the rhetoric with real change.

Brendan O’Neill
After Beijing: can only dictatorships dazzle?
What Beijing’s opening ceremony and London’s handover ceremony reveal about China and Britain. PLUS: Londoners gear up for 2012.

Helene Guldberg
The shame of Salman Rushdie’s secular fatwa
In using England's archaic libel laws to have books pulped, the former free speech martyr puts himself in the same camp as censorious mullahs.

Thursday 28 August 2008
Duleep Allirajah
And the gold for cynicism goes to…
With the Games over, British bigwigs can return to other sports, like moaning about 2012 and sneering about football.

Patrick West
Who does Jerry Springer think he is?
It was a bit much to watch the creator of hundreds of TV victims posing as an ersatz ‘Holocaust victim’ on BBC1.

Ethan Greenhart
Is it ethical to use toilet paper?
Our ethical columnist explains the proper way to wipe away the damage we inflict on the planet.

David Chandler
Russia’s first ‘Western-style’ war
Far from the Russian Bear reasserting its Great Power, its foreign policy, like Britain and America’s, is uncertain and erratic.

Philip Hammond
The politics of recognition
Attacks on Russia for recognising breakaway regions in Georgia are riddled with hypocrisy: Moscow is playing a game invented by the West.

Friday 29 August 2008
Nathalie Rothschild
China: waking from its ‘Beijing Coma’
Ma Jian’s gripping novel about Tiananmen Square, told from the point of view of a comatose, injured protester, vividly captures the years of slow-motion blackout that followed the government crackdown in 1989.

Martyn Perks
Changing the meaning of ‘change’
Charles Leadbeater tries to convince a sceptical Martyn Perks about the positive powers of 'we think' and how unleashing the creative potential of ambitious individuals could potentially overhaul society.

Philip Cunliffe
Philip Bobbitt: you’re either with him or against him
Terror and Consent has been hailed as a profound treatise on terrorism. In truth, it rehashes the paranoia and authoritarianism of the ‘war on terror’ and writes off anyone who dares to disagree with its thesis.

Rob Lyons
The end of food? Don’t swallow it
Paul Roberts launches some astute attacks on the system of global food production. But in the end, his partial criticisms and doom-laden outlook leave him choking on pessimism.

Rob Clowes
The dialectic of wearing an iPod
Michael Bull argues that the wearing of iPods signals the emergence of a new self, one that is cut off from 'chilly' urban landscapes. Perhaps. But that is not the whole story.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Sacrifice disguised
as democracy

Robert Reich has written a fairly sophisticated critique of contemporary capitalism. Yet he manages to twist his assault on big business into a demand that the masses should accept a cut in their living standards.

Neil Davenport
The revolting world of middle-class prejudice
In deriding mass party politics, attacking mums who use disposable nappies and slagging off thick cab drivers, a new ‘protesters’ handbook’ is about as rebellious as the newspaper that published it: the Guardian.

Tim Black
The real Kafka, warts,
porn, whores and all

Excavating Kafka, a brilliant work of iconoclasm by James Hawes, picks apart the trendy morbid myths surrounding Franz Kafka, and allows us to behold the man – the real man – and appreciate his works anew.

Frank Furedi
Dare to be moral
Susan Neiman’s fascinating new book, a guide to morality for grown-up idealists, reminds us of the importance of human reason in resolving the age-old philosophical tension between what ‘is’ and what ‘ought to be’.

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
The authorities have lied, and I am not glad
Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of 1987’s The Truth About the AIDS Panic, says it is a shame that AIDS insiders did not expose the myths and opportunism of the AIDS industry earlier. But still, better late than never.


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