Anomalisa: an uncanny success
Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion film is among his most human.
Hi-Rise: a social breakdown with style
Ben Wheatley brings JG Ballard’s 1970s toffs-v-plebs dystopia to fabulous-looking life.
‘Let’s breathe life back into the Enlightenment’
We discuss Enlightenment, academies and the Ghomeshi trial.
Of course kids should watch Watership Down
Who’s afraid of the Easter Rising?
|Monday 4 April 2016|
Zaha Hadid: an architectural visionary
In play-it-safe times, Hadid's social ambition shone through.
‘The sugar tax is stupid and regressive’
Listen to the first episode of Last Orders, our new public-health podcast.
No, boxing is not ‘barbaric’
The latest round of blows at boxing are aimed below the belt.
Scottish cops, stop policing our tweets
|Tuesday 5 April 2016|
At my university, censorship is out of control
An Edinburgh student on how even head-shaking is now being banned.
Steel-industry woes: what Britain must do next
Save Our Steel? We should be creating, not saving, jobs.
|Wednesday 6 April 2016|
The West’s death sentence on Syria
Assad and Russia are cleaning up a mess made by Western meddlers.
Punished for a bit of banter? It’s rugby gone mad
Hillary, quit the gender game and give us some politics
Ella Whelan reports from yesterday’s Hillary rally in Brooklyn.
In Northern Ireland, women’s autonomy is a criminal offence
The Panama Papers: rich-bashing won’t fix the crisis
Moral disgust with the super-wealthy is such lame socialism.
No, Charlie Hebdo’s editorial is not racist
Turns out the Charlie haters are even dimmer than we thought.
|Thursday 7 April 2016|
The Archers: fiction or propaganda?
Someone should tell the producers that soaps are meant to entertain, not ‘raise awareness’.
Now it’s war on the wiggas
Cultural appropriation is re-racialising campus life.
Is the game rigged against Trump and Sanders?
No, these outsiders aren’t being done in by their parties.
|Friday 8 April 2016|
Paine and misery
In Thomas Paine, the radical Enlightenment belief that all social and political ills were remediable found its most passionate champion.
Ian McEwan is right about trans consumerism
Pick’n’mix genderfluidity springs from the cult of consumerism.
‘Trump supporters are uneducated’
Tom Slater finds a fair bit of prejudice among anti-Trump activists in Long Island.
|Saturday 9 April 2016|
‘Universities should be dangerous spaces’
Jonathan Haidt talks Safe Spaces, microaggressions and campus fragility.
|Monday 11 April 2016|
Why Kesha deserved to lose
The pop star's claims were flakey and stale, and didn't stand up.
Junk the injunctions, and free the press
There are bigger issues than celeb sex lives behind this farcical gag.
Tax returns and the end of politics
Since when has tax been an index of a politician’s virtue?
|Tuesday 12 April 2016|
Positive Hell: silencing the HIV heretics
A controversial documentary has been censored by a film festival.
Now snowflake students are covering up paintings
At the University of Cape Town ‘offensive’ art is being hidden.
Germany’s unfunny attack on the freedom to mock
Don't blame Turkey for Germany's prosecution of a satirist.
‘Women are being jailed for having abortions’
Ella Whelan discusses abortion and freedom with American pro-choicers.
|Wednesday 13 April 2016|
Banning Cameron: the pointlessness of campus censorship
Prevent: this is state censorship, not ‘safeguarding’
The UK counterterror strategy is strangling debate on campus.
How to make your university an Unsafe Space
Read Tom Slater’s manifesto for free speech on campus, from his new book.
|Thursday 14 April 2016|
Fat chance of a debate: meet the foodie censors
Nutrition researchers are undermining science with censorship.
How the EU strangles scholarship
A Brexit would help us fight the bureaucratisation of universities.
Why has the Guardian declared war on internet freedom?
The voice of liberal England is seriously illiberal about the web.
|Friday 15 April 2016|
Led Zeppelin on trial: you can’t copyright a cliché
The plagiarism case against Plant and Page reeks of desperation.
Muslims aren’t the problem – Western self-doubt is
Euro-Islamism springs from decades of cultural cringe.
‘Lena Dunham is a big pile of pudding’
Camille Paglia talks to Ella Whelan about feminism, transgenderism and Hillary.
|Monday 18 April 2016|
Reclaiming Europe from the EU
The EU sees European history as a source of shame. It is wrong.
A sordid attempt to whip press freedom into submission
Who’s really exposed by the non-story of Whittingdale and the dominatrix?
A nation of authoritarians?
Give me a break
Fry’s right – self-pity is nothing to celebrate
The belief that sexual abuse is uniquely traumatising is damaging to victims.
|Tuesday 19 April 2016|
Mental-health activism makes you sick
The campus obsession with wellbeing is infantilising students.
The kids are all right
Teenage angst is not a serious mental-health issue.
Labour’s not lovin’ it
‘Students must challenge the cult of psychic vulnerability’
Listen to Brendan O'Neill's introduction to our student free-speech meet-up.
PEGIDA on trial: the German free-speech scandal no one’s talking about
|Wednesday 20 April 2016|
Bureaucracy is bad for free speech
A University of Exeter student tells spiked why he is standing against #Right2Debate.
The EU’s use and abuse of Syrian migrants
Whether it's welcoming or deporting them, the EU is behaving cynically.
Leftists for the EU: the radical wing of the oligarchy
The left’s journey from democracy to technocracy is complete.
Let’s prevent the government from muzzling researchers
|Thursday 21 April 2016|
The problem with Sweden’s state-approved press
Swedish newspapers must cut the umbilical cord to the authorities.
London, it’s time for a new industrial revolution
Let’s make London the industrial centre of the future.
The Muslim versus the Posh Boy
The London election has been reduced to a shallow battle of identities.
|Friday 22 April 2016|
Don Quixote: birth and death of the novel
Cervantes’ classic was the first postmodern novel. Pity it wasn't the last too.
Prince, pop’s genius
His dedication to his craft made him one of the greats of popular culture.
‘Trump is as politically correct as anyone else’
The threat of Trumpism and the fall of Bernie – this week's podcast.
The union that students need
It’s time to smash the NUS and start anew.
|Saturday 23 April 2016|
Earth Day: an apology for poverty
|Monday 25 April 2016|
What we lose when Baby Boomers die
Bowie, Prince, Victoria Wood… they remind us of a more liberated era.
Boiled down, Bernie Sanders’ message was just too pessimistic.
Can humanity live without borders?
ESSAY: There is little enlightened about being ‘post-borders’ today.
The NUS is pro-free speech? Pull the other one
|Tuesday 26 April 2016|
Why feminists are so down on sex
Meet the puritans who think sex is bad for women.
The tyranny of transparency
In the absence of privacy, conformism flourishes.
Abortion wars: women fight back
Women are fighting for their bodily autonomy.
Prince: everyone’s freak
The Purple One was more than a hero to lonely outsiders.
|Wednesday 27 April 2016|
For a London a hundred miles wide
Let’s build on the Green Belt and let the city breathe.
Edinburgh: playing students at their own censorious game
The V&A is wrong to ban sketching
Afrika Bambaataa: convicted by Twitter trial
The war on statutes of limitation is bad for justice.
A deep green in charge of London? I don’t think so
Having Zac Goldsmith run London would be like asking a nun to run a brothel.
Let’s make the whole of London a Free Speech Zone
Time for the capital city of freedom of expression to live up to its history.
|Thursday 28 April 2016|
The waltz of censorship
For the likes of Flaubert and Baudelaire, evading the censors was a very serious game.
In the company of freedom lovers
Sarah Bakewell’s At the Existentialist Café is an inspiring portrait of thinkers for whom the personal is philosophical.
Made in Germany
It took the likes of Herder and Schlegel to grasp the brilliance of Shakespeare’s tragic vision.
Hegel on Hamlet
In Shakespeare’s most famous character, Hegel saw a tragic disgust with existence.
The power of Shakespeare’s language
|Saturday 30 April 2016|
Labour, anti‑Semitism and the cult of ‘You Can’t Say That!’
The Livingstone debacle exposes both sides in Labour's anti-Semitism row.