R&D: why failure is necessary
The US government’s reclassification of R&D as a sexy investment, not an iffy expense, is foolish.
Why slaughter shoppers?
Modern terrorism is increasingly a pointless, bloody rage against the masses.
Orange is the New Black: too hot for TV
This online series set in a women’s prison has more bite than any comedy on the box.
|Wednesday 2 October 2013|
Exploding the myth of youth gangs
The epidemic of gang violence in the UK only exists in the minds of politicians and pundits.
The war on Golden Dawn: a dark day for democracy?
However much you hate GD, you should worry about the Greek state’s war on it.
16-year-olds aren't adults, so why give them the vote?
The SNP’s extension of the franchise to 16-year-olds is a cynical move.
|Thursday 3 October 2013|
McDonaldising the student soul
In today’s McUniversities, ‘graduate attributes’ are being used to create McStudents with no individuality.
US shutdown: the abdication of the political class
The shutdown shows how lost and immature US rulers have become.
Australia: sorting the wheat from the chaff
In trying to give a representative sweep of Australia's artistic evolution, some of the nation's true masterpieces are lost in the shuffle.
Pubs: the social wing of the heritage industry?
|Friday 4 October 2013|
Breaking Bad: even better than you’ve heard
As BB obsessives mourn the loss of the Best Show on TV, David Bowden urges the nay-sayers to give it a try.
Stephen King: no longer scary
King’s sequel to his Seventies classic, The Shining, is plodding and pedestrian.
Diana: the patron saint of airheads
A rubbish new biopic confirms we no longer care about the ‘People’s Princess’.
Football’s Etiquette Inquisition
Both fans and players should rip up football speech codes.
|Monday 7 October 2013|
Hannah Arendt: battling the banality of evil
A new biopic explores the power of ideas and the courage required to challenge orthodoxy.
Universities: bastions of conformism
Students once embraced the freedom to be adults. Now they have become ban-happy self-regulators afraid of growing up.
‘The message is that all our problems are in our brains’
Joanna Moncrieff talks to spiked about the myth that we’re all mentally ill.
Pure Heroine: kiddy pop with substance
The EU's Tobacco Promotion Directive
E-cigarettes could wean millions off regular ciggies. So why is the EU trying to restrict them?
A puffed-up scare over menthol cigarettes
The EU’s proposed ban exposes the myth of ‘evidence-based’ policy.
|Tuesday 8 October 2013|
Two hours hate for the Daily Mail
An anti-Daily Mail demo that turned out to be more therapy session than political protest.
The intolerant crusade against circumcision
In the name of child protection, anti-faith zealots are attacking a way of life.
What the Mail and its maulers have in common
Both the tabloid and its critics have decamped to a mythical past.
Both Labour and Tories have failed to mind the energy gap
While party leaders bleat about rising energy bills, their policies have undermined the UK’s capacity to generate power.
|Wednesday 9 October 2013|
Computer Chess: man, machine and mumblecore
The World of Extreme Happiness: the real jilted generation
A new play eschews Western prejudice to tell a revealing story about China’s thwarted, but fiercely ambitious, youth.
|Thursday 10 October 2013|
‘Too much too soon’: playing at educating
A new UK education campaign is an attack on the substance of education in general.
We should all stand with the Yid Army
Some proud Yiddos tell spiked why they'll continue using the Y-word.
We don’t need no regulation
Hey, politicans, leave the press alone!
Six high-tech industries for 2020 and beyond
To tackle unemployment, unleash human talent and end global poverty, industry needs to embrace big ideas - here are six.
|Friday 11 October 2013|
Fags, football and role models
Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere has been caught smoking a ciggie. So what?
Celebrating The Black Jacobins
Seventy-five years on, CLR James’s opus is as vital as ever.
Sinead vs Miley: why moralise pop?
Becoming Traviata: hitting a bum note
|Saturday 12 October 2013|
Keeping da boy in his corner
Why white middle-class journos want rap stars to stay in the ghetto.
|Monday 14 October 2013|
Let’s take control of Planet Earth
Geoengineering could ameliorate the impacts of climate change, and transform tundra and desert alike. So why are greens so afraid of it?
Loathed and leaderless in Washington DC
As the shutdown rumbles on, the depth of America's political crisis becomes clear.
Schoolkids: prisoners of their genes?
Let’s bash the idea that some kids aren’t genetically cut out for learning.
|Tuesday 15 October 2013|
Why so many are still missing ‘Our Maddie’
Six years on, what’s driving the obsession with Madeleine McCann?
Charlotte Church: giving feeble women a voice
|Wednesday 16 October 2013|
Sun, sea and working-class hedonism
It is a fear of adulthood, not the spectre of neoliberalism, that is keeping today's youth bombed out of their minds.
Whistleblowers: white saviours of the ignorant mob?
The cult of leaking reflects and reinforces the death of democratic politics.
The Events: doing battle with society’s demons
David Greig’s new play is a tenuous meditation on the modern concept of evil.
Stonewall: scaring us straight
Filth will leave you feeling dirty
|Thursday 17 October 2013|
The wicked assault on GM food
Green groups’ opposition to golden rice exposes their irrational, anti-science, misanthropic heart.
Desperate leftists vs fantasy fascism
Anti-fascists can't admit that the EDL is crumbling because posturing against this allegedly Nazi grouping is all they have going for them.
The Golden Dream: pushing the boundaries
‘Students are acting like Victorian censors’
Free-speech advocate Greg Lukianoff lays into the prudes at UK student unions.
|Friday 18 October 2013|
Are cheats killing sport?
Breaking the rules is not a new phenomenon and it has yet to dampen our appetite for the sports that we love.
Sex Box and the crisis of intimacy
If we want to have better sex, let’s keep it behind closed doors.
In defence of free will
Why spiked has been waging a war of words against modern determinism.
When The Night: island sounds for the autumn chill
The not-so-strange affair of the Space Monkeys
The furore over some utterly inoffensive remarks by England manager Roy Hodgson shows the power of speech etiquette today.
Cutie and the Boxer: a portrait of marriage
|Monday 21 October 2013|
The Newspeak of ‘human-centred’
David Chandler’s Freedom vs Necessity dissects the way governments offer us choice today - as long as we make the ‘right’ choice.
Mad About The Boy: Bridget gets back in the saddle
Ignore the pompous critics; the new Bridget Jones romp is a spiky, silly satire about being middle-aged and middle-class.
|Tuesday 22 October 2013|
Standing up to the new paternalists
Today's nudging elite poses a threat to our everyday freedoms.
Two cheers for nuclear
The UK government has sealed a deal for new nuclear power stations. About time, too.
Welcome to the ‘trust no one’ society
UK officialdom has successfully fostered an all-embracing climate of mistrust.
Drinking? Not in front of the children!
|Wednesday 23 October 2013|
Sex crime: why the truth matters
New legal reforms will make a mockery of the law’s search for the truth.
Keep the law out of disabled care
People with low mental capacity living in suitable care are not 'in detention', despite what officials believe.
Why should the DPP define press freedom?
Step forward the liberal media’s new hero: the Director of Public Prosecutions.
There’s no such thing as ‘grey rape’
|Thursday 24 October 2013|
Who’s afraid of the lonely wolves?
The likes of ‘terrorist’ Pavlo Lapshyn are empowered by officialdom's fears.
The politics of blame and claim
Is the US legal system contributing to America’s economic decline?
The myth of ‘Everyday Sexism’
Russell Brand: the perfect figurehead for the idea-less left
|Friday 25 October 2013|
Anti-racism is killing football
Dubious squeals about racism are now so common they should have their own fixture list.
Generation jobless: spoiled by the state
Britain’s unemployed youth need to develop greater self-reliance.
A Chorus Line: a journey down musical memory lane
|Monday 28 October 2013|
The maternal depression obsession
Exaggerating the risk of depression for both mothers and their children can only cause greater anxiety.
The disease of ‘public health’
We are in the midst of an epidemic of lifestyle moralism.
Middle-of-the-road obituarists: leave Lou Reed alone!
UK hit by storm of cynicism
|Tuesday 29 October 2013|
The ‘Our Maddie’ effect
Officialdom’s search for ‘Our Maddie’ has revived gypsy child-stealing myths.
The punk ethos of the video-games industry
Pop Art Design: art in a material world
A riveting new exhibition deftly explores the relationship between Pop Art and progress.
|Wednesday 30 October 2013|
Gawping at Japan's population perils
A new BBC doc fails to offer any illumination on Japan's shrinking numbers.
The fall and fall of Asian fertility
The unwillingness of young Asians to start families echoes a worldwide rejection of the capacity to live independently.
The real dirt on Black Pete
The Dutch tradition of Black Pete is not racist; it’s just a bit of fun.
A perfect storm of panicmongering
While ‘St Jude’ didn't live up to the hype, the authorities’ overreaction did.
‘The CPS asked me to stop selling Private Eye. I said “No”’
A newspaper seller tells spiked why he refused to cave in to officialdom's demands.
|Thursday 31 October 2013|
Letter from Lebanon: powering up for a brighter future
Social media: history retweets itself
Author Tom Standage tells Saira Khan why we can learn a lot about Facebook and Twitter through their offline ancestors.
NSA leaks: spookily familiar
Edward Snowden’s leakage is not as revelatory as his supporters think.
Press found guilty – of being too free
The Royal Charter debate is based on the myth UK journos need taming.
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