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Tuesday 3 January 2017 January 2017
Christian Butler
Why comedians must be free to say ‘faggot’
The calls to slap trigger warnings on Eddie Murphy's old stand-up special are insulting to gay people.

Rob Lyons
Smokers enjoy cigarettes – deal with it
The anti-smoking brigade doesn't understand pleasure.

Tim Black
Russia-bashing: the world’s most dangerous blame game
The conspiracy theory of seeing Putin’s hand in everything.

Wednesday 4 January 2017
Justin Campbell
The problem with facts
Political life cannot be driven by ‘evidence’ alone.

Luke Gittos
We need freedom, not human rights
There's nothing to fear from repealing the Human Rights Act.

Tim Black
In defence of dirt-digging journalism
How Section 40 will prevent journalists from speaking truth to power.

Benedict Spence
Dry January? I think I need a drink...


Thursday 5 January 2017
Bridget Yuill
The teaching assistants who took on the system
Durham TAs show us how to challenge pay cuts.

Naomi Firsht
New Year, same old nanny state
In 2017, let's cast off the public-health killjoys.

Mick Hume
Leveson II: revenge of the freedom-snatchers
A second showtrial of the press would be a disaster for journalism.

Brendan O’Neill
What can we learn from the Chicago Facebook kidnapping?


Friday 6 January 2017
James Walker
Students should stand up for press freedom
A London student on why he's fighting the anti-tabloid snobbery of both SUs and the state.

Deniz Karaman
The problem with pronoun policies


Ella Whelan
The narcissism of foreign aid
It's now entirely about making Westerners feel good.

Courtney Hamilton
Black kids don’t need black dolls


Tom Slater
Why the alt-right and the illiberals need each other
The response to Milo’s book deal is the reason he has a book deal.

Saturday 7 January 2017
spiked podcast
‘The PC war is becoming interminable’
Podcast: Tom Slater on the alt-right and illiberal liberals.

Monday 9 January 2017
James Woudhuysen
The robots aren’t taking over
The idea that IT is surpassing human beings sells us short.

James Heartfield
We’re doomed!
Another eco-doomsday claim is proven wrong.

Rob Lyons
Oi, Meryl Streep! Leave MMA out of it!


Ella Whelan
Labour’s betrayal of working people


Tom Slater
24 hours to save the press
Leveson is driven by a fear and loathing of the public. You can fight it.

Tuesday 10 January 2017
Emily Dinsmore
Taking on the tabloid-bashers
Queen Mary student Emily Dinsmore on why she made a stand for press freedom.

Frank Furedi
RIP Zygmunt Bauman
The energetic doubter of modernity has died.

Tim Black
NHS: the state religion
The sacralisation of the NHS reduces citizens to patients.

Ken McLaughlin
Mental health: stigma isn’t the problem
We need better resources for mental care, not awareness-raising.

Naomi Firsht
And the award for most patronising speech goes to...
Meryl and Co, spare us the preaching.

Christopher Beckett
Young people, stop sobbing and seize the day


Wednesday 11 January 2017
Andy Shaw
Fracking is the future
We need to remake the case for progress and plenty.

Josie Appleton
Turning neighbour against neighbour
Anti-social-behaviour policies are breaking down community bonds.

Joanna Williams
University isn’t about ‘satisfaction’
Academics should teach students – not look after them.

Ella Whelan
Gender quotas are an insult to women
Stop offering women a patronising leg-up into politics.

Brendan O’Neill
Watersportsgate: who’s post-truth now?
Why liberal hacks are going wild for the dodgy dossier on Trump.

Thursday 12 January 2017
Tom Bailey
They’re all Hamiltonians now
The liberals bashing the Electoral College are far from democrats.

Sabine Beppler-Spahl
Who decides what is fake news?
The German clampdown on ‘misinformation’ is a threat to free speech.

Courtney Hamilton
Banning ‘black face’ isn’t fighting racism


Mick Hume
Yes, Obama, democracy is in danger – but not from voters
His speech put a ‘democratic’ spin on age-old elite prejudices.

Friday 13 January 2017
Andrew Doyle
Trump isn’t clever enough for urinary Dadaism
It is an indictment of the liberal left that they’re sharing the piss story.

Christian Butler
The Passion of Scorsese
Silence has its flaws, but it speaks to Scorsese’s greatness.

Jacob Furedi
To some, Israel is the new Illuminati
Anti-Israel conspiracy theories are rife in the mainstream media.

Tim Black
Graham Taylor: a decent man out of time
Football's new fans couldn't stand what Taylor represented.

Tom Slater
We’re all haters now
If a middle-of-the-road speech now counts as a ‘hate incident’, we’re all screwed.

Benedict Spence
In defence of dead white philosophers


Saturday 14 January 2017
spiked podcast
Why liberals are now falling for fake news
Podcast: Brendan O'Neill on the media's reaction to the Trump dossier.

Monday 16 January 2017
Ieuan Joy
Working-class students don’t need a leg-up


Henry Scanlan
Fabric: a Pyrrhic victory?
The club has reopened, but under stringent new rules.

Wendy Kaminer
Milo isn’t dangerous, but censorship is
The equation of words and violence harms open debate.

Tom Bailey
A pro-EU strike? Good luck with that...
AC Grayling's latest anti-Brexit idea underlines how cynical elite Remainers have become.

Alexander Adams
Samuel Beckett: a man of letters
Beckett’s letters reveal a personality inseparable from the act of writing.

Tim Black
For Hunt, the party’s over
But the Corbynistas are as aloof as the 'Blairites'.

Tuesday 17 January 2017
Maren Thom
In defence of Sky’s white MJ
Art and entertainment must be free to be offensive.

Ben Pile
London is not bound in toxic smog
The scaremongering about air pollution is blighting innovation in the capital.

Sean Collins
Obama is not your saviour
Sean Collins on the cult of Obama and the crisis of American politics.

Pauline Hadaway
Northern Ireland: crisis or opportunity?
Perhaps the Irish might now be allowed to move beyond the past.

Jacob Furedi
Prince Charles’ ‘Climate Change for Dummies’


Brendan O’Neill
Two cheers for Theresa May
The fury over her speech is really a fury with democracy.

Wednesday 18 January 2017
Sumantra Maitra
Trump and Obama: foreign-policy bedfellows
Both men are reluctant interventionists, but no less dangerous for that.

Guy Birchall
Zoe Saldana has a point about Hollywood ‘bullies’


James Woudhuysen
The real problem with the US economy
Job losses in manufacturing can’t simply be blamed on China or IT.

Tom Bailey
Davos Man has no time for the demos


Patrick Hayes
Brexit Britain should thrive, not survive
Philip Hammond’s ‘tax haven’ threat speaks to a lack of economic vision.

Tom Slater
Policing criticism of Islam: the new Star Chamber
Newspapers are being forced to recant their questioning of Islam.

Thursday 19 January 2017
Christian Butler
La La Land: a Golden Age beauty
Finally, a modern movie-musical that doesn’t mock itself.

Luke Gittos
Can we destroy civil liberties? Yes we can
Obama was worse for freedom and peace than Bush was.

Naomi Firsht
Labour: from socialism to miserabilism
Corbynistas are made more outraged by the rich than by poverty.

Mick Hume
‘Project Fear’: selling democracy by the pound
Brexit is about much more than currency rates and share prices

Friday 20 January 2017
Christian Butler
It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism
Trans activists can’t just censor every awkward question.

Patrick West
At last – a president who doesn’t claim to be Irish
Trump has broken with the blarney of claiming green roots.

Brendan O’Neill
Obama is not your ‘magical negro’
The Obama years confirmed the usurping of politics by therapy.

Tom Slater
What’s scarier than Trump? The elite revolt against him
Commentators, celebs, the CIA – all are in open revolt against democracy.

Saturday 21 January 2017
spiked podcast
‘The battle for democracy is only just beginning’
We discuss Brexit battles, crisis in Northern Ireland and America under Obama.

Monday 23 January 2017
Nancy McDermott
March of the nice people
The Seneca Falls Women's March was kind and funny, but was it political?

Joanna Williams
Women’s March: the right way to tackle Trump?
Trump should be protested against, but not like this.

Patrick Hannaford
The rise and fall of Mike Baird
New South Wales' paternalistic premier is retiring.

Courtney Hamilton
British universities aren’t riddled with racism


Rob Lyons
Why we should be browned off by the toast panic


Tuesday 24 January 2017
Tim Black
Don’t let politics leak away
The political and media class is beholden to a culture of leaking.

Daniel Pryor
The right is no friend of free speech
The crying over that ‘white genocide’ tweet is ridiculous.

Benedict Spence
SNL writers must have the right to be risqué


Jon Holbrook
Against the juridification of everyday life
A new law on who can sit where on a bus undermines community life.

Tom Slater
This is not a victory for parliamentary sovereignty
The Brexit case was driven by disdain for the demos, not love for parliament.

Wednesday 25 January 2017
James Heartfield
When is it okay to punch a fascist?
The online revelling in the smacking of Richard Spencer is pretty tragic.

Ella Whelan
Fighting back against Trump’s global gag rule
Women around the world should stand up for abortion rights.

Frank Furedi
There is an alternative
Brexit and other populist revolts create the space for a new politics.

Alan Hudson
John Berger’s ways of seeing
The art critic and the search for meaning.

Jacob Furedi
Let’s kick the state out of free debate
China’s campus clampdown is shocking. But state censorship is a growing problem in the West, too.

Thursday 26 January 2017
Charlie Pearson
In defence of Australia Day
It’s about celebrating a modern, successful nation, not colonialism.

Patrick Marmion
Battle of the gobshites
The McGregor-Morgan spat took celebrity self-righteousness to new heights.

Phil Mullan
Keeping the zombie economy on its feet
May’s industrial strategy isn’t enough to boost productivity.

Wendy Kaminer
Trump goes ‘full Orwell’
An insecure, illiberal man-child now occupies the White House.

Mick Hume
Brexit backlash: welcome to the age of demock-racy
Elitists trying to thwart the people’s will now claim to defend democracy.

Patrick West
We have reached peak ‘you’re racist!’
The charge of racism is now used to silence people we disagree with.

Andrew Doyle
Sorry, Saatchi, but selfies aren’t art
Please don’t hang drunken snaps from Tinder next to Velázquez.

Naomi Firsht
‘I had no option but to fight for the truth’
Deborah Lipstadt on Denial, David Irving and free speech.

Friday 27 January 2017
Angus Kennedy
The self in
history

Rejecting our common inheritance has dire consequences for the future.

Alex Standish
The neoliberal individual
Ralph Fevre’s latest explores the future of work and politics.

Daniel Ben-Ami
In defence of rational man
Behavioural economics adds a pseudo-scientific sheen to anti-democracy.

Stuart Derbyshire
Exploding myths of gender
Cordelia Fine’s excellent new book takes apart the idea that male and female behaviours are determined by evolution.

Tim Black
The analysed
self

Psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz on how we lose and find ourselves.

Julian Baggini
On free
will

Julian Baggini on constraint and choice.


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