A cowardly response to MICE-IS
If Matt Damon’s a homophobe, then I’m Jason Bourne
Generation Z has arrived
The day of whinging millennials has come and gone.
The degradation of the right to petition
A once noble tradition is now used for illiberal ends.
Why American liberals *heart* Pope Francis
His visit has given the PC elite some much-needed moral authority.
Do not go gentle into that political night
Corbyn’s call for a gentler politics won’t aid the enlightening debate we need.
|Friday 2 October 2015|
What’s wrong with owning firearms?
In this WORLDbytes special on gun controls, Canadian academic and author Kevin Yuill shoots from the hip.
Why we should be cautious about celebrating autism
Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes offers a one-sided history of autism.
In search of the zeitgeist
A new book explores the risk-averse spirit of our times.
ban is no joke
Smoking in cars: why the state shouldn’t play parent
The risky brilliance of Lucia Berlin
The posthumous praise for A Manual For Cleaning Women is richly deserved.
Pound: poet and political prisoner
A new biography shows us just how brilliant, and dangerous, Ezra Pound was.
Raymond Tallis and the meaning of life
Britain’s leading polymath on life, death and why he loves James Joyce.
|Monday 5 October 2015|
Brian Friel: Ireland’s
The late playwright championed Ireland's modern identity.
There’s no such thing as modern slavery
The Modern Slavery Act is immigration control by the backdoor.
The plastic-bag charge: a tax on choice
|Tuesday 6 October 2015|
Bangladesh: one murder does not a terror attack make
Teachers have lost their mojo
The motivation to learn comes from knowledge, not teaching methods.
The Martian: a paean to human ingenuity
Ridley Scott's movie is a rallying cry for conquering new frontiers.
After Oregon: we need to talk about narcissism
Don’t blame guns for the rise in mass shootings.
|Wednesday 7 October 2015|
‘Women have never had it so good’
Why I’m not a feminist
Condemning women who refuse to conform to feminism is tyrannical.
‘There’s nothing wrong with lads being lads’
Dapper Laughs talks free speech, lad culture and the rape joke that wasn’t.
|Thursday 8 October 2015|
The NUS is not your mate
Reclaiming travel... from the snobs
Why have holidays become a marker of people’s virtue?
Banning Bindel is an insult to Manchester students
What’s new about No Platform mania?
A veteran of Manchester student politics recalls free-speech battles of 35 years ago.
Why we must fight for free speech for people we loathe
Today’s backlash against censorship just isn’t good enough, says Brendan O’Neill.
|Friday 9 October 2015|
Gay priests: the legacy of the right-on pope
The slave trade was not my fault
We can’t apologise for crimes we didn’t commit – or celebrate victories we didn't achieve.
Neoliberalism: a sick obsession
Claims that capitalism is fuelling illness rest on dodgy stats and hopeless politics.
|Monday 12 October 2015|
Overseas aid doesn’t help India
India doesn’t want or need Britain’s handouts.
No, the Suffragettes were not racists
The fuss over Suffragette exposes the madness of identity politics.
Operation Midland: the hysteria of ‘believing the victim’
The ‘VIP paedophile’ panic poses a serious threat to justice.
|Tuesday 13 October 2015|
The new PC priests of Irish censorship
The church’s war on evil has been replaced by a ‘liberal’ war on hate speech.
The SNP’s war on the people
Nicola Sturgeon’s party isn’t an alternative to snobby Westminster politics – it’s a tyrannical extension of it.
Breathing life back into libertarianism
To build a new humanist politics, we must get serious about freedom.
|Wednesday 14 October 2015|
Tom Watson: the unacceptable face of the paedo panic
Watson is being sacrificed to save the child-abuse crusade.
Free speech: the ‘killer app’ of civilisation
It is worth reminding society where we'd be without the liberty to offend.
Now, Charlie Hebdo needs a new kind of freedom
We must stop asking Charlie to defend liberty for us all.
|Thursday 15 October 2015|
Cosmonauts: a tribute to Russian grit
A new exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the Space Race.
Robert Peston: tied up in narcissism
Refugee crisis: lighting candles is not enough
Adopt-a-Syrian? How patronising can you get.
Watch now: spiked’s free-speech conference in Washington, DC
The freedom event of the year – live-streaming now!
|Friday 16 October 2015|
Tick-box policy won’t raise free-range kids
Chrissie Hynde unedited
The Pretenders’ singer’s memoir is honest, intrepid and in need of an editor.
Germany: the new sick man of Europe
If the French are saying your country's in crisis, you know you're in trouble.
The Western media have lost the plot in Syria
Commentators slam Russia’s interventions while ignoring the West’s.
|Monday 19 October 2015|
At last, a rebellion against sexual-consent classes
It’s high time students refused to attend these patronising lectures.
‘Liberal academics let censorship happen’
Donald Downs on the fightback against campus authoritarianism.
Why the fight for women’s choice must go on
Forget ‘reproductive justice’ – let’s stand up for women’s autonomy.
|Tuesday 20 October 2015|
China’s rise in smoking-related deaths is a sign of progress
PSPOs: protecting public space from the public
The petty policing of public spaces is inhibiting community life.
Want to help refugees? Then stop sobbing
The EU is exploiting the false distinction between migrants and refugees.
|Wednesday 21 October 2015|
Smoked out of the public square
Outdoor smoking bans are not only illiberal – they can be cruel too.
JLaw – be a diva,
not a whiner
Jennifer Lawrence should have confronted her bosses, not complained on 'Lenny'.
When will we get back to the future?
On Marty McFly Day, let’s make the case for big technology.
This China-bashing exposes Britain’s own insecurities
Why Xi Jinping’s visit has prompted so much handwringing.
Kaitlyn Regehr and the rise of the victim celebrity
|Thursday 22 October 2015|
make the right kind
of friends – or else
A new report promotes social engineering for poor parents.
Some good news for press freedom, but...
…it’s still bad enough — and would be worse under Corbyn’s Labour.
Viral bus rants don’t prove prejudice is on the rise
|Friday 23 October 2015|
Nietzsche takes on Twitter
The great philosopher would be aghast at the culture of social media.
neither vanguard nor victims
A new film reminds us that radicals didn’t always play the pity card.
|Monday 26 October 2015|
The real reason we should fight for a Brexit
Being in the EU damages our democratic rights. Let’s leave.
Pay-gap politics: bad for men and women
New workplace regulations will breed animus between the sexes.
abolish the World Health Organisation
Germaine Greer is right: opinions aren’t harmful
The treatment of words as a physical threat is a disaster for free speech.
|Tuesday 27 October 2015|
Macbeth: an adaptation for our times
Justin Kurzel's film is fantastic, and yet something feels lacking.
Teaching consent, policing intimacy
Consent classes turn relationships into business transactions.
Corbyn’s Labour – the House of Lords party
Like the Tories of old, the left is using the Lords to usurp democracy.
|Wednesday 28 October 2015|
The woman question
From emancipation to victim feminism and the therapeutic state.
Let’s take entitlement out of education
We need to teach students the virtue of delayed gratification.
Is the First Amendment enough?
Watch spiked’s Washington debate about the future of free speech.
Press freedom after Charlie Hebdo
Watch Brendan O’Neill and Michael Moynihan discuss the future of the press.
Religious freedom: the forgotten liberty?
Watch spiked’s Washington debate about the freedom of faith.
Canada’s veil of intolerance
In the fuss over the niqab ban, liberals revealed their fear of the masses.
Using migrants to bash Eastern Europe
Merkel and Co have turned the refugee crisis into a moral conflict.
|Thursday 29 October 2015|
Beware the assisted-suicide bomber
Right-to-die campaigners are now using death to promote their cause.
Think only feminists get banned?
A guide for those who see campus censorship as a misogynist conspiracy.
Leave me and my Coco Pops alone
The latest nannying assault on everyday pleasure is sinful.
|Friday 30 October 2015|
Cheese is as
addictive as crack?
Give me a break
These gastronomic jihadists will stop at nothing.
Martin Shkreli: Twitterhate helps no one
Bashing one man is no substitute for rethinking pharma.
Britain: flying the flag for censorship
The New Bigots
It isn’t Germaine Greer who’s bigoted – it’s those who want to destroy her.