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.
Smokers enjoy cigarettes – deal with it
The anti-smoking brigade doesn't understand pleasure.
Russia-bashing: the world’s most dangerous blame game
The conspiracy theory of seeing Putin’s hand in everything.
|Wednesday 4 January 2017|
The problem with facts
Political life cannot be driven by ‘evidence’ alone.
We need freedom, not human rights
There's nothing to fear from repealing the Human Rights Act.
In defence of dirt-digging journalism
How Section 40 will prevent journalists from speaking truth to power.
Dry January? I think I need a drink...
|Thursday 5 January 2017|
The teaching assistants who took on the system
Durham TAs show us how to challenge pay cuts.
New Year, same old nanny state
In 2017, let's cast off the public-health killjoys.
Leveson II: revenge of the freedom-snatchers
A second showtrial of the press would be a disaster for journalism.
What can we learn from the Chicago Facebook kidnapping?
|Friday 6 January 2017|
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.
The problem with pronoun policies
The narcissism of foreign aid
It's now entirely about making Westerners feel good.
Black kids don’t need black dolls
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|
‘The PC war is becoming interminable’
Podcast: Tom Slater on the alt-right and illiberal liberals.
|Monday 9 January 2017|
The robots aren’t taking over
The idea that IT is surpassing human beings sells us short.
Another eco-doomsday claim is proven wrong.
Oi, Meryl Streep! Leave MMA out of it!
Labour’s betrayal of working people
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|
Taking on the tabloid-bashers
Queen Mary student Emily Dinsmore on why she made a stand for press freedom.
RIP Zygmunt Bauman
The energetic doubter of modernity has died.
NHS: the state religion
The sacralisation of the NHS reduces citizens to patients.
Mental health: stigma isn’t the problem
We need better resources for mental care, not awareness-raising.
And the award for most patronising speech goes to...
Meryl and Co, spare us the preaching.
Young people, stop sobbing and seize the day
|Wednesday 11 January 2017|
Fracking is the future
We need to remake the case for progress and plenty.
Turning neighbour against neighbour
Anti-social-behaviour policies are breaking down community bonds.
University isn’t about ‘satisfaction’
Academics should teach students – not look after them.
Gender quotas are an insult to women
Stop offering women a patronising leg-up into politics.
Watersportsgate: who’s post-truth now?
Why liberal hacks are going wild for the dodgy dossier on Trump.
|Thursday 12 January 2017|
They’re all Hamiltonians now
The liberals bashing the Electoral College are far from democrats.
Who decides what is fake news?
The German clampdown on ‘misinformation’ is a threat to free speech.
Banning ‘black face’ isn’t fighting racism
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|
Trump isn’t clever enough for urinary Dadaism
It is an indictment of the liberal left that they’re sharing the piss story.
The Passion of Scorsese
Silence has its flaws, but it speaks to Scorsese’s greatness.
To some, Israel is the new Illuminati
Anti-Israel conspiracy theories are rife in the mainstream media.
Graham Taylor: a decent man out of time
Football's new fans couldn't stand what Taylor represented.
We’re all haters now
If a middle-of-the-road speech now counts as a ‘hate incident’, we’re all screwed.
In defence of dead white philosophers
|Saturday 14 January 2017|
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|
Working-class students don’t need a leg-up
Fabric: a Pyrrhic victory?
The club has reopened, but under stringent new rules.
Milo isn’t dangerous, but censorship is
The equation of words and violence harms open debate.
A pro-EU strike? Good luck with that...
AC Grayling's latest anti-Brexit idea underlines how cynical elite Remainers have become.
Samuel Beckett: a man of letters
Beckett’s letters reveal a personality inseparable from the act of writing.
For Hunt, the party’s over
But the Corbynistas are as aloof as the 'Blairites'.
|Tuesday 17 January 2017|
In defence of Sky’s white MJ
Art and entertainment must be free to be offensive.
London is not bound in toxic smog
The scaremongering about air pollution is blighting innovation in the capital.
Obama is not your saviour
Sean Collins on the cult of Obama and the crisis of American politics.
Northern Ireland: crisis or opportunity?
Perhaps the Irish might now be allowed to move beyond the past.
Prince Charles’ ‘Climate Change for Dummies’
Two cheers for Theresa May
The fury over her speech is really a fury with democracy.
|Wednesday 18 January 2017|
Trump and Obama: foreign-policy bedfellows
Both men are reluctant interventionists, but no less dangerous for that.
Zoe Saldana has a point about Hollywood ‘bullies’
The real problem with the US economy
Job losses in manufacturing can’t simply be blamed on China or IT.
Davos Man has no time for the demos
Brexit Britain should thrive, not survive
Philip Hammond’s ‘tax haven’ threat speaks to a lack of economic vision.
Policing criticism of Islam: the new Star Chamber
Newspapers are being forced to recant their questioning of Islam.
|Thursday 19 January 2017|
La La Land: a Golden Age beauty
Finally, a modern movie-musical that doesn’t mock itself.
Can we destroy civil liberties? Yes we can
Obama was worse for freedom and peace than Bush was.
Labour: from socialism to miserabilism
Corbynistas are made more outraged by the rich than by poverty.
‘Project Fear’: selling democracy by the pound
Brexit is about much more than currency rates and share prices
|Friday 20 January 2017|
It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism
Trans activists can’t just censor every awkward question.
At last – a president who doesn’t claim to be Irish
Trump has broken with the blarney of claiming green roots.
Obama is not your ‘magical negro’
The Obama years confirmed the usurping of politics by therapy.
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|
‘The battle for democracy is only just beginning’
We discuss Brexit battles, crisis in Northern Ireland and America under Obama.
|Monday 23 January 2017|
March of the nice people
The Seneca Falls Women's March was kind and funny, but was it political?
Women’s March: the right way to tackle Trump?
Trump should be protested against, but not like this.
The rise and fall of Mike Baird
New South Wales' paternalistic premier is retiring.
British universities aren’t riddled with racism
Why we should be browned off by the toast panic
|Tuesday 24 January 2017|
Don’t let politics leak away
The political and media class is beholden to a culture of leaking.
The right is no friend of free speech
The crying over that ‘white genocide’ tweet is ridiculous.
SNL writers must have the right to be risqué
Against the juridification of everyday life
A new law on who can sit where on a bus undermines community life.
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|
When is it okay to punch a fascist?
The online revelling in the smacking of Richard Spencer is pretty tragic.
Fighting back against Trump’s global gag rule
Women around the world should stand up for abortion rights.
There is an alternative
Brexit and other populist revolts create the space for a new politics.
John Berger’s ways of seeing
The art critic and the search for meaning.
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|
In defence of Australia Day
It’s about celebrating a modern, successful nation, not colonialism.
Battle of the gobshites
The McGregor-Morgan spat took celebrity self-righteousness to new heights.
Keeping the zombie economy on its feet
May’s industrial strategy isn’t enough to boost productivity.
Trump goes ‘full Orwell’
An insecure, illiberal man-child now occupies the White House.
Brexit backlash: welcome to the age of demock-racy
Elitists trying to thwart the people’s will now claim to defend democracy.
We have reached peak ‘you’re racist!’
The charge of racism is now used to silence people we disagree with.
Sorry, Saatchi, but selfies aren’t art
Please don’t hang drunken snaps from Tinder next to Velázquez.
‘I had no option but to fight for the truth’
Deborah Lipstadt on Denial, David Irving and free speech.
|Friday 27 January 2017|
The self in
Rejecting our common inheritance has dire consequences for the future.
The neoliberal individual
Ralph Fevre’s latest explores the future of work and politics.
In defence of rational man
Behavioural economics adds a pseudo-scientific sheen to anti-democracy.
Exploding myths of gender
Cordelia Fine’s excellent new book takes apart the idea that male and female behaviours are determined by evolution.
Psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz on how we lose and find ourselves.
Julian Baggini on constraint and choice.