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Friday 1 April 2016 April 2016
Christian Butler
Anomalisa: an uncanny success
Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion film is among his most human.

James Heartfield
Hi-Rise: a social breakdown with style
Ben Wheatley brings JG Ballard’s 1970s toffs-v-plebs dystopia to fabulous-looking life.

spiked podcast
‘Let’s breathe life back into the Enlightenment’
We discuss Enlightenment, academies and the Ghomeshi trial.

Guy Birchall
Of course kids should watch Watership Down


WORLDbytes
Who’s afraid of the Easter Rising?


Monday 4 April 2016
Penny Lewis
Zaha Hadid: an architectural visionary
In play-it-safe times, Hadid's social ambition shone through.

spiked podcast
‘The sugar tax is stupid and regressive’
Listen to the first episode of Last Orders, our new public-health podcast.

Mick Hume
No, boxing is not ‘barbaric’
The latest round of blows at boxing are aimed below the belt.

Blair Spowart
Scottish cops, stop policing our tweets


Tuesday 5 April 2016
Charlie Peters
At my university, censorship is out of control
An Edinburgh student on how even head-shaking is now being banned.

Phil Mullan
Steel-industry woes: what Britain must do next
Save Our Steel? We should be creating, not saving, jobs.

Wednesday 6 April 2016
Tim Black
The West’s death sentence on Syria
Assad and Russia are cleaning up a mess made by Western meddlers.

Guy Birchall
Punished for a bit of banter? It’s rugby gone mad


Ella Whelan
Hillary, quit the gender game and give us some politics
Ella Whelan reports from yesterday’s Hillary rally in Brooklyn.

Sadhvi Sharma
In Northern Ireland, women’s autonomy is a criminal offence


Brendan O’Neill
The Panama Papers: rich-bashing won’t fix the crisis
Moral disgust with the super-wealthy is such lame socialism.

Brendan O’Neill
No, Charlie Hebdo’s editorial is not racist
Turns out the Charlie haters are even dimmer than we thought.

Thursday 7 April 2016
Luke Gittos
The Archers: fiction or propaganda?
Someone should tell the producers that soaps are meant to entertain, not ‘raise awareness’.

Tom Slater
Now it’s war on the wiggas
Cultural appropriation is re-racialising campus life.

Sean Collins
Is the game rigged against Trump and Sanders?
No, these outsiders aren’t being done in by their parties.

Friday 8 April 2016
John Keane
Paine and misery
In Thomas Paine, the radical Enlightenment belief that all social and political ills were remediable found its most passionate champion.

Patrick West
Ian McEwan is right about trans consumerism
Pick’n’mix genderfluidity springs from the cult of consumerism.

Tom Slater
‘Trump supporters are uneducated’
Tom Slater finds a fair bit of prejudice among anti-Trump activists in Long Island.

Saturday 9 April 2016
spiked podcast
‘Universities should be dangerous spaces’
Jonathan Haidt talks Safe Spaces, microaggressions and campus fragility.

Monday 11 April 2016
Barbara Hewson
Why Kesha deserved to lose
The pop star's claims were flakey and stale, and didn't stand up.

Mick Hume
Junk the injunctions, and free the press
There are bigger issues than celeb sex lives behind this farcical gag.

Tim Black
Tax returns and the end of politics
Since when has tax been an index of a politician’s virtue?

Tuesday 12 April 2016
Ella Whelan
Positive Hell: silencing the HIV heretics
A controversial documentary has been censored by a film festival.

Joe Arthur
Now snowflake students are covering up paintings
At the University of Cape Town ‘offensive’ art is being hidden.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl
Germany’s unfunny attack on the freedom to mock
Don't blame Turkey for Germany's prosecution of a satirist.

Ella Whelan
‘Women are being jailed for having abortions’
Ella Whelan discusses abortion and freedom with American pro-choicers.

Wednesday 13 April 2016
Elrica Degirmen
Banning Cameron: the pointlessness of campus censorship


Ciaran Morrissey
Prevent: this is state censorship, not ‘safeguarding’
The UK counterterror strategy is strangling debate on campus.

Tom Slater
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
Rob Lyons
Fat chance of a debate: meet the foodie censors
Nutrition researchers are undermining science with censorship.

Joanna Williams
How the EU strangles scholarship
A Brexit would help us fight the bureaucratisation of universities.

Brendan O’Neill
Why has the Guardian declared war on internet freedom?
The voice of liberal England is seriously illiberal about the web.

Friday 15 April 2016
Christian Butler
Led Zeppelin on trial: you can’t copyright a cliché
The plagiarism case against Plant and Page reeks of desperation.

Patrick West
Muslims aren’t the problem – Western self-doubt is
Euro-Islamism springs from decades of cultural cringe.

spiked
‘Lena Dunham is a big pile of pudding’
Camille Paglia talks to Ella Whelan about feminism, transgenderism and Hillary.

Monday 18 April 2016
Frank Furedi
Reclaiming Europe from the EU
The EU sees European history as a source of shame. It is wrong.

Mick Hume
A sordid attempt to whip press freedom into submission
Who’s really exposed by the non-story of Whittingdale and the dominatrix?

Guy Birchall
A nation of authoritarians?
Give me a break



Luke Gittos
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
Charlie Peters
Mental-health activism makes you sick
The campus obsession with wellbeing is infantilising students.

Ella Whelan
The kids are all right
Teenage angst is not a serious mental-health issue.

Neil Davenport
Labour’s not lovin’ it


spiked podcast
‘Students must challenge the cult of psychic vulnerability’
Listen to Brendan O'Neill's introduction to our student free-speech meet-up.

Tom Slater
PEGIDA on trial: the German free-speech scandal no one’s talking about


Wednesday 20 April 2016
Paul Rota
Bureaucracy is bad for free speech
A University of Exeter student tells spiked why he is standing against #Right2Debate.

Tom Slater
The EU’s use and abuse of Syrian migrants
Whether it's welcoming or deporting them, the EU is behaving cynically.

Brendan O’Neill
Leftists for the EU: the radical wing of the oligarchy
The left’s journey from democracy to technocracy is complete.

Joanna Williams
Let’s prevent the government from muzzling researchers


Thursday 21 April 2016
Daniel Thilén
The problem with Sweden’s state-approved press
Swedish newspapers must cut the umbilical cord to the authorities.

Tony Pierce
London, it’s time for a new industrial revolution
Let’s make London the industrial centre of the future.

Tim Black
The Muslim versus the Posh Boy
The London election has been reduced to a shallow battle of identities.

Friday 22 April 2016
Patrick West
Don Quixote: birth and death of the novel
Cervantes’ classic was the first postmodern novel. Pity it wasn't the last too.

Christian Butler
Prince, pop’s genius
His dedication to his craft made him one of the greats of popular culture.

spiked podcast
‘Trump is as politically correct as anyone else’
The threat of Trumpism and the fall of Bernie – this week's podcast.

Tom Slater
The union that students need
It’s time to smash the NUS and start anew.

Saturday 23 April 2016
George Harrison
Earth Day: an apology for poverty


Monday 25 April 2016
Jennie Bristow
What we lose when Baby Boomers die
Bowie, Prince, Victoria Wood… they remind us of a more liberated era.

Sean Collins
Berned out
Boiled down, Bernie Sanders’ message was just too pessimistic.

Frank Furedi
Can humanity live without borders?
ESSAY: There is little enlightened about being ‘post-borders’ today.

David Browne
The NUS is pro-free speech? Pull the other one


Tuesday 26 April 2016
Joanna Williams
Why feminists are so down on sex
Meet the puritans who think sex is bad for women.

Tim Black
The tyranny of transparency
In the absence of privacy, conformism flourishes.

Ella Whelan
Abortion wars: women fight back
Women are fighting for their bodily autonomy.

Tom Slater
Prince: everyone’s freak
The Purple One was more than a hero to lonely outsiders.

Wednesday 27 April 2016
James Heartfield
For a London a hundred miles wide
Let’s build on the Green Belt and let the city breathe.

Charlie Peters
Edinburgh: playing students at their own censorious game


Russell McCarthy
The V&A is wrong to ban sketching


Luke Gittos
Afrika Bambaataa: convicted by Twitter trial
The war on statutes of limitation is bad for justice.

Brendan O’Neill
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.

Mick Hume
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
Alexander Adams
The waltz of censorship
For the likes of Flaubert and Baudelaire, evading the censors was a very serious game.

Terri Murray
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.

Vanessa Pupavac
Made in Germany
It took the likes of Herder and Schlegel to grasp the brilliance of Shakespeare’s tragic vision.

Critchley and Webster
Hegel on Hamlet
In Shakespeare’s most famous character, Hegel saw a tragic disgust with existence.

Fiona Shaw
The power of Shakespeare’s language


Saturday 30 April 2016
Brendan O’Neill
Labour, anti‑Semitism and the cult of ‘You Can’t Say That!’
The Livingstone debacle exposes both sides in Labour's anti-Semitism row.


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