‘Dare to know’: Frank Furedi’s TED Talk
what’s in a name?
The decision to name the storms causing the floods reveals our newfound fear of weather.
Cosby showtrial: is the accuser holy now?
The whispers about Cosby have chilling echoes of Salem.
|Tuesday 5 January 2016|
Who wants a sugar‑free life?
A government app warning of the dangers of sugar leaves a sour taste.
The real Danczuk scandal? Infantilising women
The MP's 17-year-old flirter has been treated like a child.
What Corbynistas and Blairites have in common
Lacking vision, all sides of Labour now rely on skulduggery and bitching.
Chris Gayle and the rise of the Flirt Tax
Fining a man for asking someone on a date is mad and illiberal.
|Wednesday 6 January 2016|
a new legacy begins
Germans must be free to read Mein Kampf
The ban on Hitler's tome was dankly elitist
Even idiots like Dieudonné must have free speech
The legal punishments dished out to the French comedian undermine our freedoms.
We know they are not Charlie now
A year after the massacre, the threat to free speech comes from within.
The college where thinking is still allowed
Shimer College confounds its critics, but impresses Stuart Derbyshire.
Kyrgyzstan and Britain: united by censorship
|Thursday 7 January 2016|
Mansplaining: an affront to universalism
The feminists hating on Sherlock need to get a grip and read some history.
From his warm, tear‑stained hands…
Obama’s plan to Do Something about guns threatens ordinary Americans.
Après Charlie: a year of fighting for the right to offend
Why spiked thinks free speech is the most important cause of our times.
|Friday 8 January 2016|
Lemmy: the nice man of rock’n’roll
The harder the sound, the softer the performers.
The Danish Girl: neither stunning nor brave
The uneasy response to Tom Hooper’s botched biopic speaks volumes.
Saudi Arabia vs Iran: much more than a religious war
The Saudi-Iran tensions speak to the exhaustion of politics.
These laughable alcohol guidelines are no joke
Why are young people joining ISIS?
|Monday 11 January 2016|
We need real public health
Public health was once about saving us from illness, not from ourselves.
Policing pregnancy is bad for babies
The public-health lobby’s hectoring of pregnant women is a menace.
Why are angry ranchers being called terrorists?
The indiscriminate use of the T-word is trivialising genuine terrorist acts.
|Tuesday 12 January 2016|
his life, times and transformations
He kept us guessing to the very end.
Bowie and the shrinking sense of possibility
Bowie’s rise and demise speak to a crisis of cultural freedom.
When Bowie was not a ‘national treasure’
The Seventies starman was the spirit of that turbulent age in dayglow jumpsuit.
|Wednesday 13 January 2016|
Making a Murderer: an uncertain truth
The latest Netflix series shows the crucial importance of doubt.
Football fans: canaries in the illiberal coalmine
the worst possible mayor of London
The posh environmentalist is exactly what London doesn't need.
That thing you’re feeling about Bowie — it isn’t grief
|Thursday 14 January 2016|
Sorry, Cameron, but parents don’t want parenting classes
We reject your pseudoscience and your meddling in family life.
After Cologne: let’s ‘dare to say how things really are’
The furore about those sexual assaults says more about ‘our’ culture than ‘theirs’.
|Friday 15 January 2016|
Bowie’s death: a Diana moment for Generation X
Social media has been gripped by the worst case of mourning sickness for 20 years.
Universities must challenge, not conform
The tyranny of consensus on campus is undermining academic freedom.
The tyranny of Safe Spaces
Illiberal students are taking their cue from an increasingly illiberal society.
|Sunday 17 January 2016|
Campus censorship: it’s worse than you think, but there is hope
Introducing the 2016 Free Speech University Rankings.
|Tuesday 19 January 2016|
Council estates need more development, not less
The government's Housing Bill punishes the worst off.
Transgenderism: a top-down politics of identity
Far from being about liberty, transgenderism is backed by undemocratic power.
Why is Europe giving Muslim migrants sex-ed lessons?
These creepy leaflets are testament to a much deeper malaise.
|Wednesday 20 January 2016|
Reason Trumps intolerance – for now
Joe Arthur reports from the parliamentary debate on banning The Donald.
Why rape defendants shouldn’t be anonymous
Granting anonymity to men charged with rape will damage the justice system.
Trump debate: treating free speech like a disease
The UK ‘Ban Trump’ lobby is on a moral par with The Donald.
King’s College London: where being pro-Israel is a risky business
|Thursday 21 January 2016|
Don’t reduce Rand or Arendt to their sex
Why the thirst for sporting scandal?
The endless suspicion-mongering around sport is born of a deeper distrust.
Vagina voting is bad for women
Neither Clinton nor Foster are interested in women's liberation.
|Friday 22 January 2016|
Sam Smith and the myth of everyday racism
After Cologne: where are the feminists?
Why are 'progressives' so reluctant to question what happened?
Oscars boycott: down with the art of identity
A racialised new climate is robbing art of its transcendent impulse.
|Monday 25 January 2016|
Why I’m celebrating Australia Day
Celebrating your national heritage does not make you racist.
The Litvinenko inquiry: more harm than good
Was there any merit to holding this public inquiry?
In dystopian Britain, the police now hunt down ‘pre-rapists’
Sexual Risk Orders are ripping apart liberty and due process.
|Tuesday 26 January 2016|
The Revenant: a grizzly masterpiece
Jerry Sadowitz: an anti-establishment hero
In this era of offence-taking, Sadowitz’s vicious comedy is more vital than ever.
Economic crisis begins at home
Worry less about China and more about Britain's own economic stagnation.
Should anything be ‘beyond a joke’?
The new comedy code of intolerant conformism is no laughing matter.
We need to talk about terrorism
The Prevent agenda is chilling classroom discussion.
|Wednesday 27 January 2016|
‘Easily offended students reported me to the police’
‘Controversial opinions don’t get published in the student press’
‘Students don’t need to be taught about consent’
Meet the students fighting campus censorship
Students across the country have had enough of censorious SUs.
|Thursday 28 January 2016|
The intimate lives of others
Richard Sennett talks narcissism, identity and the unbearable lightness of selfhood.
Review: Dietrich vs Riefenstahl
A parallel biography of Lene and Leni illuminates the lives of neither.
Review: Leibovitz’s women trouble
Annie Liebovitz’s Women: New Portraits is stifled by gender politics.
Review: Iris Murdoch’s letters
A new edition of private correspondence hides as much as it reveals.
The material soul
Anil Seth explores what neuroscience can – and can’t – tell us about consciousness.
|Friday 29 January 2016|
How ‘progressive’ education patronises the poor
The only responsibility schools have to working-class kids is to give them a good education.
Rabid feminists have proved the dictionary right
The ECHR is not working
The European Court of Human Rights should not be ruling on workplace matters.
The declaration of man as pestilence on the planet is adolescent and tedious.