Hate speech: bigotry is never better left unsaid
Prince: leaving them wanting their money back
|Wednesday 2 April 2014|
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.
Sweden is no haven of liberty
Even this supposedly liberal paradise has laws against saying offensive things.
‘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.
‘Everything should be open to question’
Kindly Inquisitors author Jonathan Rauch on the importance of doubt.
Against the tyranny of the majority
John Stuart Mill on why we need to awake from the ‘deep slumber of decided opinion’.
‘If we hadn't defended NAMBLA, no one would have’
Wendy Kaminer explains why the ACLU defended a notorious paedophile group.
‘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.
‘Live by the light of your own reason’
John Locke on why no one should blindly resign himself to the will of his rulers.
We must tolerate assaults on the truths we hold dear
True freedom of speech means acknowledging that we ourselves might just be wrong.
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|
Making the case for shale gas and oil
Both advocates and critics of fracking have it wrong. Also, both use the wrong word.
Cinderella Law: the Grimm fiction of emotional abuse
New child-neglect laws will criminalise normal aspects of parenting.
Is ‘eat your peas!’ emotional abuse?
Captain America 2: Marvel without the MacGuffins
|Friday 4 April 2014|
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.
Welsh e-cigs ban: liberty goes up in vapour
Government proposals to curb e-cigarette usage reek of irrational illiberalism.
Kurt Cobain: fear and loathing of the fans
How Nirvana killed the spirit of youth culture.
|Monday 7 April 2014|
‘I've been told that I’m not welcome on campus’
A libertarian student slams the groupthink dominating UK student unions.
Brazil: Not the Web We Want
Brazil's internet bill of rights is more concerned with advancing national interests than internet freedom.
How the Great War laid waste to liberal education
The First World War unravelled adult authority over the next generation.
Bedroom-tax protests: a patronising defence of the status quo
Starred Up: brilliance behind bars
|Tuesday 8 April 2014|
A grotesque illustration of modern politics
Politicians pursue pointless, illiberal policies like plain packaging as a cheap way of scoring points against each other.
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.
The purge of
gay-marriage heretics begins
The ousting of Brendan Eich from Mozilla sets a dangerous precedent.
|Wednesday 9 April 2014|
The war on khat – dumb, baseless and vaguely xenophobic
Divergent: totalitarianism for teenyboppers
|Thursday 10 April 2014|
vs The Blob
Young talks to spiked about his war on UK education’s child-centred orthodoxy.
‘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.
Weeping for Peaches: ersatz grief gone mad
The Geldof grief-fest shows how ravenous the cult of mourning has become.
Unwrapping the mystery of mummies
|Friday 11 April 2014|
The View on the Streets: Ukraine
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.
Hi-tech Malthusianism does progress no favours
Tyler Cowen’s new book underestimates the benefits society could reap from new technology.
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.
Helicopter parents vs cotton-wool kids
Parenting Culture Studies cuts through the confusing world of modern parenting.
Orwell’s war on the orthodoxies of left and right
Into the heart of the rebellious, liberty-loving, contrary heart of George Orwell.
India's election: the world’s largest question mark
Dolan Cummings on the biggest election in the history of mankind.
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|
If Scotland goes, it should take Northern Ireland with it
Scottish independence would spell the end of British identity in Ulster.
Nigel Evans trial: UK prosecutors are playing God
This showtrial gave us disturbing insights into the cult of the victim.
‘Fat Scottish wanker’? It’s just banter
Pantomime name-calling at football matches should not be a crime.
|Tuesday 15 April 2014|
Twenty Feet From Stardom: the decline of the pop professional
A new documentary pays tribute to the unsung performers behind pop's biggest hits.
‘Emotional capitalists’ need to get a grip
Oasis: bringing some swagger to Shoreditch
|Wednesday 16 April 2014|
Don’t let artistic expression take the rap
Prosecuting people on the basis of song lyrics sets a horrifying precedent.
Calvary: the sins of the fathers
A black comedy about a good priest battling cynicism comes to confused and troubling conclusions.
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|
‘Let Truth and Falsehood grapple’
John Milton on why a free and open public sphere is the best way to the truth.
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.
‘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|
The Grand designs of Wes Anderson
With The Grand Budapest Hotel, the American director once again proves that style is substance.
Big Brother can’t prevent nosy neighbours
The UK's CCTV czar should focus on cutting state surveillance and butt out of our backyards.
Cyril Smith: no justice for dead men
The moral crusade against child abuse invents its own truth.
|Wednesday 23 April 2014|
Vote against independence or we’re doomed!
Those campaigning for a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum are blowing it by being relentlessly negative.
Six random lessons of the David Moyes debacle
spiked’s resident ‘Cockney Red’ on the latest circus surrounding Man United.
Latin’s not just for school, it’s for life
|Thursday 24 April 2014|
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.
Will, Kate and the myth of a monarchist revival
Their Oz trip shows that both republicanism and monarchism are screwed.
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|
Tony Pulis is a football genius
At Crystal Palace, Pulis has shown that there's more to him than hoof-ball and baseball caps.
The vital importance of being moral
Essay: To be moral requires something routinely denigrated today: individual freedom.
Oh, Jessie J, what have you done?
|Monday 28 April 2014|
Keep mindless silence out of schools
Mindfulness and meditation in schools encourage children to switch off their brains.
Violent crime is no excuse for high booze prices
The war on paedos: grooming the public’s fears
The main casualty of Cameron's war on terror rip-off will be common sense.
The Raid 2: a symphony of violence
|Tuesday 29 April 2014|
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.
Wikipedia: where truth dies online
Run by cliquish, censorious editors and open to pranks and vandalism, Wikipedia is worthless and damaging.
South Korea ferry disaster: playing the blame game
Pundits have even blamed South Korean culture for the Sewol tragedy.
Banning the BNP solves nothing
|Wednesday 30 April 2014|
Chris Packham: getting in a flap over Malta
Maltese bird-hunters are right to be enraged at the British naturalist’s crusade against them.
A not-so Sterling attack on free speech
The LA Clippers owner has been hounded out of the NBA for a speech crime.
Same-sex marriage: coercion dolled up as civil rights
Stop treating Brendan Eich as a one-off – gay marriage is inherently illiberal.
Cancer research: let’s save lives, not raise awareness