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Tuesday 1 April 2014 April 2014
Charlie Pearson
Hate speech: bigotry is never better left unsaid


Christian Butler
Prince: leaving them wanting their money back


Wednesday 2 April 2014
Matthias Heitmann
Germany’s crusade against ethically incorrect ideas
Everything from licence plates to street names has been on the receiving end of the German elite’s new censoriousness.

Sadhvi Sharma
Sweden is no haven of liberty
Even this supposedly liberal paradise has laws against saying offensive things.

spiked podcast
‘Football fans are treated like scum by the authorities’
The crackdown on Scottish football fans is the free-speech battle the chattering classes choose to ignore.

Tim Black
‘Everything should be open to question’
Kindly Inquisitors author Jonathan Rauch on the importance of doubt.

John Stuart Mill
Against the tyranny of the majority
John Stuart Mill on why we need to awake from the ‘deep slumber of decided opinion’.

spiked podcast
‘If we hadn't defended NAMBLA, no one would have’
Wendy Kaminer explains why the ACLU defended a notorious paedophile group.

Karl Marx
‘A free press must be free to question everything’
Karl Marx argues that a free press isn't free when it is forced to conform to the morality of the day.

John Locke
‘Live by the light of your own reason’
John Locke on why no one should blindly resign himself to the will of his rulers.

Wendy Kaminer
We must tolerate assaults on the truths we hold dear
True freedom of speech means acknowledging that we ourselves might just be wrong.

Brendan O’Neill
Let everyone think what he likes and say what he thinks
Why spiked is launching a campaign for unfettered freedom of speech.

Thursday 3 April 2014
James Woudhuysen
Making the case for shale gas and oil
Both advocates and critics of fracking have it wrong. Also, both use the wrong word.

Luke Gittos
Cinderella Law: the Grimm fiction of emotional abuse
New child-neglect laws will criminalise normal aspects of parenting.

Dennis Hayes
Is ‘eat your peas!’ emotional abuse?


Jon Fuge
Captain America 2: Marvel without the MacGuffins


Friday 4 April 2014
Duleep Allirajah
Should Roy Hodgson ban the WAGs?
The pre-match sex debate is as old as sport itself, but it only distracts from England's bigger problems.

Russell McCarthy
Welsh e-cigs ban: liberty goes up in vapour
Government proposals to curb e-cigarette usage reek of irrational illiberalism.

Tom Slater
Kurt Cobain: fear and loathing of the fans
How Nirvana killed the spirit of youth culture.

Monday 7 April 2014
Tom Slater
‘I've been told that I’m not welcome on campus’
A libertarian student slams the groupthink dominating UK student unions.

Martyn Perks
Brazil: Not the Web We Want
Brazil's internet bill of rights is more concerned with advancing national interests than internet freedom.

Frank Furedi
How the Great War laid waste to liberal education
The First World War unravelled adult authority over the next generation.

David Clements
Bedroom-tax protests: a patronising defence of the status quo


Sarah Holland
Starred Up: brilliance behind bars


Tuesday 8 April 2014
Christopher Snowdon
A grotesque illustration of modern politics
Politicians pursue pointless, illiberal policies like plain packaging as a cheap way of scoring points against each other.

Mick Hume
The real Miller’s tale: the threat to press freedom
The real scandal is the culture secretary’s attempt to lay down Leveson’s law.

Sean Collins
The purge of
gay-marriage heretics begins

The ousting of Brendan Eich from Mozilla sets a dangerous precedent.

Wednesday 9 April 2014
Mat Vaillancourt
The war on khat – dumb, baseless and vaguely xenophobic


Jon Fuge
Divergent: totalitarianism for teenyboppers


Thursday 10 April 2014
Joanna Williams
Toby Young
vs The Blob

Young talks to spiked about his war on UK education’s child-centred orthodoxy.

Luke Gittos
‘Victims’ justice’ is no justice at all
Labour is using victims of crime as an excuse to undermine centuries of hard-won rights for defendants.

Brendan O’Neill
Weeping for Peaches: ersatz grief gone mad
The Geldof grief-fest shows how ravenous the cult of mourning has become.

Russell McCarthy
Unwrapping the mystery of mummies


Friday 11 April 2014
Worldbytes
The View on the Streets: Ukraine


Norman Lewis
The social life of the networked teen
On social networks, kids have found the unprotected, adult-free spaces now denied to them in the real world.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Hi-tech Malthusianism does progress no favours
Tyler Cowen’s new book underestimates the benefits society could reap from new technology.

Angus Kennedy
Matthew Arnold's error: the state is bad for culture
In order to judge 'the best which has been thought and said in the world', individuals must be free to discriminate.

Nancy McDermott
Helicopter parents vs cotton-wool kids
Parenting Culture Studies cuts through the confusing world of modern parenting.

Bruno Waterfield
Orwell’s war on the orthodoxies of left and right
Into the heart of the rebellious, liberty-loving, contrary heart of George Orwell.

Dolan Cummings
India's election: the world’s largest question mark
Dolan Cummings on the biggest election in the history of mankind.

Frank Furedi
Let's make Paine's Age of Reason a reality
Burke's paternalism won out over Paine's liberalism. Let the fightback begin.

Monday 14 April 2014
Patrick West
If Scotland goes, it should take Northern Ireland with it
Scottish independence would spell the end of British identity in Ulster.

Frank Furedi
Nigel Evans trial: UK prosecutors are playing God
This showtrial gave us disturbing insights into the cult of the victim.

Ivor Jones
Cardiff University:
pro-choice,
anti-free speech



Duleep Allirajah
‘Fat Scottish wanker’? It’s just banter
Pantomime name-calling at football matches should not be a crime.

Tuesday 15 April 2014
Niall Crowley
Twenty Feet From Stardom: the decline of the pop professional
A new documentary pays tribute to the unsung performers behind pop's biggest hits.

Dennis Hayes
‘Emotional capitalists’ need to get a grip


Patrick Hayes
Oasis: bringing some swagger to Shoreditch


Wednesday 16 April 2014
Neil Ross
Don’t let artistic expression take the rap
Prosecuting people on the basis of song lyrics sets a horrifying precedent.

Tom Slater
Calvary: the sins of the fathers
A black comedy about a good priest battling cynicism comes to confused and troubling conclusions.

Mick Hume
The fan-bashing spirit of the Eighties lives on
Attitudes to football fans have changed since Hillsborough. But for the better?

Thursday 17 April 2014
John Milton
‘Let Truth and Falsehood grapple’
John Milton on why a free and open public sphere is the best way to the truth.

Tim Black
Turkey’s Twitter twitch-hunt
Prime Minister Erdogan’s war on social media is uncannily similar to the war on unacceptable speech in the West.

Brendan O’Neill
‘The state should never be the arbiter of what people can think’
Brendan O’Neill meets the Voltaire-inspired attorney general of Australia.

Tuesday 22 April 2014
Solomon Roark
The Grand designs of Wes Anderson
With The Grand Budapest Hotel, the American director once again proves that style is substance.

Patrick Hayes
Big Brother can’t prevent nosy neighbours
The UK's CCTV czar should focus on cutting state surveillance and butt out of our backyards.

Tim Black
Cyril Smith: no justice for dead men
The moral crusade against child abuse invents its own truth.

Wednesday 23 April 2014
Rob Lyons
Vote against independence or we’re doomed!
Those campaigning for a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum are blowing it by being relentlessly negative.

Mick Hume
Six random lessons of the David Moyes debacle
spiked’s resident ‘Cockney Red’ on the latest circus surrounding Man United.

Katherine Hughes
Latin’s not just for school, it’s for life


Thursday 24 April 2014
Luke Gittos
Family court reform: a disaster for parents
In the name of efficiency, the Children and Families Act will make it easier to take children away from their parents.

Brendan O’Neill
Will, Kate and the myth of a monarchist revival
Their Oz trip shows that both republicanism and monarchism are screwed.

Tim Black
George Brandis and the new authoritarians
The response to that interview showed that when it comes to climate change, no dissent is allowed.

Friday 25 April 2014
Duleep Allirajah
Tony Pulis is a football genius
At Crystal Palace, Pulis has shown that there's more to him than hoof-ball and baseball caps.

Angus Kennedy
The vital importance of being moral
Essay: To be moral requires something routinely denigrated today: individual freedom.

Niall Crowley
Oh, Jessie J, what have you done?


Monday 28 April 2014
Rosamund Cuckston
Keep mindless silence out of schools
Mindfulness and meditation in schools encourage children to switch off their brains.

Russell McCarthy
Violent crime is no excuse for high booze prices


Frank Furedi
The war on paedos: grooming the public’s fears
The main casualty of Cameron's war on terror rip-off will be common sense.

Jon Fuge
The Raid 2: a symphony of violence


Tuesday 29 April 2014
Rob Lyons
Public health adopts the missionary position
Health campaigners demand ever more regulation of our lives – and it's our personal independence that is being shafted.

Nigel Scott
Wikipedia: where truth dies online
Run by cliquish, censorious editors and open to pranks and vandalism, Wikipedia is worthless and damaging.

Tim Black
South Korea ferry disaster: playing the blame game
Pundits have even blamed South Korean culture for the Sewol tragedy.

Christopher Beckett
Banning the BNP solves nothing


Wednesday 30 April 2014
Jim Butcher
Chris Packham: getting in a flap over Malta
Maltese bird-hunters are right to be enraged at the British naturalist’s crusade against them.

Sean Collins
A not-so Sterling attack on free speech
The LA Clippers owner has been hounded out of the NBA for a speech crime.

Brendan O’Neill
Same-sex marriage: coercion dolled up as civil rights
Stop treating Brendan Eich as a one-off – gay marriage is inherently illiberal.

Charlie Pearson
Cancer research: let’s save lives, not raise awareness



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