There’s nothing to cheer in the ‘racist van’ backlash
Criticism of the ‘go home’ billboards is fuelled by elite contempt towards the allegedly racist masses.
|Friday 2 August 2013|
Only God Forgives?
The latest Nicolas Winding Refn / Ryan Gosling outing is unforgivably bad.
Kick the speech cops out of football
Football, from the chants to the banter, is a carnival of vulgarity – and that's why we love it.
Why we’re all in debt to Cezanne
A nobody in his own time, a knockout in ours, he changed how we see the world.
The human spirit doesn’t mind the gap
Commuters in Japan show the way when rescuing a woman trapped underneath a train.
‘You cannot be free from being insulted’
spiked's law editor debates trolling and Twitter abuse on Channel 4 News.
Since when has a bad tattoo been a crime?
A bombed-mosque tattoo is moronic, but it's not a matter for the police.
|Monday 5 August 2013|
Turning fat into
a four-letter word
The attempt by health authorities to denormalise obesity is a recipe for failure - and could undermine democracy, too.
Who wants the ‘right to die’?
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are deep moral problems that should be debated by elected politicians, not appointed judges.
Never mind the neuro-bollocks
Ignore the neuro-determinists: man is more than a machine.
The EU: no friend of democracy
The EU pretends to be a force for altruism in the world, but as its reaction to the Egyptian coup shows, it has a take-it-or-leave-it approach to democracy.
|Tuesday 6 August 2013|
Class loathing in feminist clothing
'Chavvy' women were being trolled long before Stella Creasy, and no one minded.
The hysteria over trolls is a classic moral panic
Black muggers, hooligans, trolls - why society loves panicking about deviants.
What is humanism?
In part one of his alternative lecture, Frank Furedi reveals the history of humanist ideas and the rise of their anti-human opposite: determinism.
|Wednesday 7 August 2013|
Lab-grown burgers are a smart idea, whatever eco-minded food snobs might say.
From Timelord to Timelady? No thanks
Why are feminists obsessed with the idea of Doctor Who regenerating with breasts?
If UKIP didn't exist, the right-on would have to invent it
Mugabe: no longer the Hitler of Africa?
In 2008, Mugabe was the West's No1 bogeyman. In 2013, no one cares.
Troll-hunters – please stop exploiting the death of Hannah Smith
|Thursday 8 August 2013|
Jane Austen: praised for being seen rather than read
Dangerous dogs: not that dangerous
Further proposed state restrictions on pets always mean yet more state restrictions on humans.
Balcombe: colonised by fracktivists
Anti-fracking activists who have descended on West Sussex claim to be speaking for the locals. The locals beg to differ.
‘I forget a riot, I forget a riot’
Two years on, it is almost as if the London riots never really happened.
Hannah Smith: legislation is no solution to bullying
Restricting social-media websites will not stop the sad and thankfully rare deaths of bullied teenagers.
No More Page Three? No thanks
Whatever you think about topless pictures in daily newspapers, the feminist campaigns against them send a woeful message.
|Friday 9 August 2013|
Looking down on suburbia
Rupa Huq’s latest book does a fine job of distilling the snobbery of the elites towards the masses.
The end of redemption
An English football club’s refusal to sign a promising Belgian player once convicted of rape shows a society unwilling to forgive and forget.
Gove’s right - Marxists should support free schools
Die Antwoord: South Africa’s answer to conformity
This strangely successful Afrikaner rap-rave troupe are a joyous middle-finger to the politically correct and the musically boring.
The World’s End: losing the home advantage
The final part of Edgar Wright’s ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ forgets the essence of British comedy – laughing at oneself.
|Monday 12 August 2013|
Taking the ‘he’ out of higher education
The feminist challenge to Enlightenment ideas of knowledge and rationality has undermined the project of HE.
‘The new feminism is just snobbery’
A glamour model for lads’ mags on why she can't abide censorious feminists.
Time for the ASA to Go Home
Syria: the view on the streets
The citizen-TV channel WORLDbytes asked Londoners about their views on the conflict.
|Tuesday 13 August 2013|
Exploding the myth of the obesity timebomb
Children are healthier and happier than ever before, whatever well-paid scaremongers might claim.
How natural is homosexuality?
The anti-human undertones of searching for gayness in nature.
You’re right-wing? You must be stupid
Frank Furedi on how conservatism came to be treated as a mental deficiency.
|Wednesday 14 August 2013|
Why the fuss about ‘zero hour’ contracts?
The real problem is not onerous terms of service, but the weakness of the UK economy in general.
Big, bad America, slayed by a communique
Why's no one talking about the fact-lite, frenzied shutting of US embassies?
Food security: running away from the world
|Thursday 15 August 2013|
The army pulled the trigger, but the West loaded the gun
How Western liberals provided the moral ammo for the massacres in Egypt.
The real problem with aid for Nigeria
The only thing UK aid to Africa supports is British politicians’ sense of moral worth.
What shall I study at university? Whatever.
|Friday 16 August 2013|
In The Business of Baby, Jennifer Margulis tries to fight institutionalised fearmongering with scare stories of her own.
Edinburgh: fresh from the Fringe
The good, the bad and the awful at Edinburgh 2013.
Falklands factor to Gibraltar Falter
For you, Tories, the war is over
The curious case of the rodeo clown
Since when did we get so uptight that simply wearing an Obama mask warranted the sack?
|Monday 19 August 2013|
France's veil ban is an assault on freedom
The idea that it is emancipating to have the state tell women what they can wear is mad.
The Egyptian tragedy won’t be fixed by lawyers
The folly of calling for the ICC to investigate the army’s massacres.
|Tuesday 20 August 2013|
Towards a manifesto for higher education
spiked’s education editor outlines a vision for the future of the university.
Bradley Manning is not the messiah
Manning’s leaks didn’t tell us anything we didn't already know.
The amazing double standards of the Miranda affair
For the Guardian to complain of a war on journalism is extraordinary;
it helped to start this war that it’s now falling victim to.
Fracking: tiny protests, major panics
HS2: the need for high speed
|Wednesday 21 August 2013|
The importance of teaching the arts
We shouldn't value arts education on the basis that it has social or economic benefits, but because it expands the mind and soul.
The EU: going mental over menthol
The anti-smoking crackdown from Brussels has turned to the menace of mildly minty flavouring.
Elmore Leonard, king of crime
To mark the death of the genre-transforming writer, read this 1991 piece from Living Marxism.
Don’t blame useless Ed – Labour’s dead
Chucking political eggs at Labour leader Miliband is missing the point.
|Thursday 22 August 2013|
Oh feminism, what happened to you?
Once, radical women demanded liberty and change; now they want censorship and social engineering.
Why shouldn’t faith schools criticise gays?
The campaign to stop certain schools from teaching traditional values is an attack on parental autonomy.
Ten big fat lies about fracking
The director of FrackNation explodes the myths put about by fracktivists.
Defusing the ‘heart disease timebomb’
No, Bradley Manning, you are not a woman
Just because Mr Manning says he is a female, that doesn’t mean he is.
|Friday 23 August 2013|
‘Palace are here, let the games begin’
The redeeming features of life back in the Premier League are the same as ever: boozing, singing and shouting with mates.
‘Beckett doesn’t have to be boring and slow’
Tom Slater talks to d’Animate Theatre about finding the fun in Beckett’s Roughs.
No, autistic children are not the spiritual saviours of mankind
Michael Fitzpatrick isn't convinced by a much raved-about autism memoir.
|Tuesday 27 August 2013|
UK economy: a turnaround at last?
Is that light at the end of the tunnel or an on-coming train?
Should the mentally disabled have sex?
Having judges rule on certain people's sex lives has ugly echoes of the past.
Anti-lads’ mags – and anti-people
Saleha Ali finds a Lose the Lads' Mags protest wet, unpopular and very snobby.
Miley Cyrus: struggling to be an adult
There’s more to being a grown-up than having sex.
|Wednesday 28 August 2013|
What a bunch of twerks!
Why are feminists reducing so-called black culture to a cheeky dance?
Stop this traffic in immigrant bashing
An assault on immigrants is being dressed up in the language of anti-trafficking.
|Thursday 29 August 2013|
Stop the war! Until the UN gives the go-ahead!
Russell McCarthy finds anti-war activists aren’t as opposed to intervention in Syria as you might expect.
Jamie Oliver, patronising? Never!
After years of cheering Oliver's crusade to educate the salad-dodging masses, why is the commentariat now turning on him?
Bombing Syria: war as therapy
The narcissism of the bomb-Syria brigade is terrifying.
Reflections on the Fringe
While ticketed productions lose money, the Free Fringe is cleaning up in donations - but it is still theatre worth paying for.
|Friday 30 August 2013|
A limp-wristed defence of free speech
The lack of protest against new guidelines clamping down on homophobic chants shows free speech only applies to the ‘right’ kind of people
The theatre: ‘A space for society to dream itself’
Lorne Campbell, curator of The Bloody Great Border Ballad Project, talks about the sorry state of political debate and how theatre can enrich it.
The EU: a club for anti-democrats
How Brussels became a hiding place for elites sick of dealing with the demos.
Keeping abreast of liberal hypocrisy