Oxford, abortion and the closing of the Western mind
What the Oxford debate scandal reveals about modern censorship.
‘Students are now demanding freedom from speech’
Podcast: Greg Lukianoff on why we should shock students out of lazy thinking.
|Tuesday 3 February 2015|
Clare’s Law and the end of human intimacy
The flurry of domestic-violence disclosures is nothing to celebrate.
Ebola: showing up the fearmongers
After their shocking response to ebola, it’s time WHO broke up.
Exposed: the staggering scale of censorship on campus
spiked launches the first UK-wide analysis of illiberalism in our universities.
#Smurthgate: feminist censorship eats itself
A feminist comedian has been ‘banned’ by a students’ union. How ironic.
|Thursday 5 February 2015|
Football fans need free speech, too
Standard Liège fans’ ‘red or dead’ banner sparks a no show from the Je Suis Charlies.
Bitter Lake: searching for meaning in the Afghan abyss
Adam Curtis’s latest is a Heart of Darkness for the post-9/11 era.
The Western press is now the PR wing of the Islamic State
In poring over its murder-stunt videos, we give IS exactly what it wants.
Turning Ukraine into a stage for Western preening
The laptop bombardiers need a new mission, and their eyes are set on Ukraine.
Three cheers for Baby Ben!
The Hard Problem: dodging the big questions
Tom Stoppard’s latest play is an insubstantial pageant of artful materialism.
The FGM showtrial: this case should never have come to court
The trial that exposed how unhinged anti-FGM crusading has become.
|Friday 6 February 2015|
It’s time to kick the Old Firm haters into Row Z
The rivalry between Celtic and Rangers represents everything that’s great about football.
Julie Bindel vs ‘the stupid little bellends’
The radical feminist on the pampered students who No Platform her.
Meet the student who turned his dorm room into an unsafe space
Columbia student Adam Shapiro on why uni should be dangerous.
How the academy green-lit student censorship
Those little authoritarians didn’t come from nowhere.
|Monday 9 February 2015|
Whiplash: the tyranny of mediocrity
Foxcatcher: leading the pack
Six lessons from the Charlie Hebdo massacre
One month on, the post-massacre love for free speech is withering.
‘The government should butt out of parenting’
Lenore Skenazy, ‘World’s Worst Mom’, on her new TV show.
|Tuesday 10 February 2015|
‘Hey, who are we to judge the Islamic State?’
Why many in the West are so cagey about condemning IS.
|Wednesday 11 February 2015|
Awareness-raising makes you sick
It’s time to raise awareness about the dangers of awareness-raising.
Germany-bashing: a fatal distraction
Blaming Merkel et al for everything won't solve Europe's problems.
Abbott’s spill vote: here we go again…
The ironic effects of campus censorship
|Thursday 12 February 2015|
Jon Stewart, the king of snark, abdicates
How the once funny comedian became a viral snark-generator for lazy liberals.
New rape laws: turning sex into a crime
Rape laws in England and Wales have become terrifyingly Kafkaesque.
|Friday 13 February 2015|
Kids need the freedom to play
Children lose out when their every pastime is supervised.
The Victorianism of the Fifty Shades boycotters
Those railing against the BDSM romp have a low view of womanhood.
Hermann Nitsch: Blood on the museum floor
A Mexican art gallery has turned the pretentious Austrian into a free-speech martyr.
|Saturday 14 February 2015|
Copenhagen: the bloody, murderous No Platforming of blasphemers
After this shooting, let’s fight even harder for the right to offend.
|Monday 16 February 2015|
Censorship on campus: a tale of two comedians
Why liberals defend Kate Smurthwaite but denounce Dapper Laughs.
The real dodgers are those obsessed with tax avoiders
Scapegoating the rich has become a way of dodging economic debate.
British artists shun Israel’s ‘blood money’ but accept Britain’s
|Tuesday 17 February 2015|
Stop Gendercide: a dangerous campaign
Changes to the UK criminal law could put abortion doctors on trial.
The 10 worst US states for abortion rights
Land of the free? Think again.
Jobseekers aren’t all pathetic victims
The madness of the war on e-cigs
Corruption and distorted facts are driving the clampdown on vaping.
|Wednesday 18 February 2015|
Why Operation Black Vote doesn’t get my vote
Politicians have to earn our vote by giving us something worth supporting.
Harman’s Barbie bus: The new face of feminism
It isn't only Labour that views women as a distinctive political species.
Ukiphobia: the prejudices that dare not speak their name
Channel 4’s docudrama on UKIP revealed the bigotry of the elite.
Let Baldwin speak: #Gamergate chalks up another victory
|Thursday 19 February 2015|
Assisted suicide: death is not ‘a part of life’
Using the language of freedom to justify on-demand death is Orwellian and dangerous.
The tyranny of health Down Under
Australia is leading the way in public-health authoritarianism.
After Copenhagen: resist the empire of offence
The biggest threat to free and open debate is the fear of giving offence.
|Friday 20 February 2015|
A trip down Chelsea’s hooligan lane
There was a time when racist abuse really was a Chelsea-fan staple – it’s not now.
Where is the Je Suis Chelsea march?
The Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro have spurred on football’s censors.
US satirists have been ‘de-fanged’
Neil Ross reports on an NYC debate on satire apres Charlie.
Modafinil: the drug of choice of Generation Worry
The rise of smart drugs on campus shows how boring my generation is.
|Monday 23 February 2015|
Spiral: the cure to Scandimania
So long to another sweary series of this balls-to-the-wall French drama.
This dodgy tax crusade is undermining freedom
The war on tax avoidance boosts arbitrary state power.
An ominous pilgrimage to Syria: what made them go?
Blaming jihadist ‘groomers’ for warping young Brits’ minds is a moral copout.
Hating football fans: the opium of the elites
The furore over those racist Chelsea fans has been unhinged and ugly.
|Tuesday 24 February 2015|
Give us good art, not ‘socially inclusive’ art
The new policy of cultural democracy is bad for culture and bad for democracy.
Kangaroo courts on campus: ‘martial law against men’
The campus rape panic is destroying due process.
|Wednesday 25 February 2015|
The clampdown on student newspapers
‘Cover up that t-shirt, or get out!’
‘Pro-Israel students are being silenced’
Students, join our fight against campus censorship!
Say no to No Platform and Safe Spaces and yes to some real debate.
Hugh Grant: hero of the fight for press freedom?
His boasts confirm freedom is being redefined as liberty-on-licence.
|Thursday 26 February 2015|
Syriza’s compromise: a revolution betrayed?
Begging its creditors for more money won’t liberate Greece.
Is ISIS going to invade Europe from Libya?
In a nutshell, no. So stop the scaremongering.
The best reason to kick Cameron out? Libya
Why the hell of Libya isn't on the election agenda. Why it should be.
The hysteria of Hacked Off
|Friday 27 February 2015|
Views on the streets: free speech after Copenhagen
Football’s fantasy racism
Ignore the well-paid ‘anti-racists’ — racism in the game has been on the wane for years.
Twentysomethings, call off the generational jihad
Tom Slater, 23, calls for an end to pity-me yoof politics.
Clueless Cameron is playing PR-politics over Ukraine
The Theory of Everything – making history