|Tuesday 6 August 2013|
|The hysteria over trolls is a classic moral panic|
Black muggers, hooligans, trolls - why society loves panicking about deviants.
|Tuesday 30 July 2013|
|Egypt: the hypocrisy of the human-rights industry|
Westerners who love to be outraged by foreign tyranny are blasé about Egypt's.
|Monday 29 July 2013|
|Pope goes the Vatican’s authority|
When even the pope says he can’t judge people, you know moral authority is in trouble.
|Tuesday 23 July 2013|
|Kate’s baby and the myth of the monarchist masses|
Republicans once trusted the public. Now they despair of it.
|Thursday 18 July 2013|
|In defence of the herd|
The masses, even the unintelligent ones, are perfectly capable of doing democracy.
|Friday 12 July 2013|
|Egypt: the end of the Arab Spring|
The coup is a disaster. The Arab peoples must now go back to square one.
|Monday 8 July 2013|
|Standing up to the white-coated gods of fortune|
Science has replaced Fortuna in fancying itself as the revealer of men's fates.
|Monday 1 July 2013|
|Why we should feel heartened by human ingenuity|
Brendan O’Neill on mankind’s brilliant victories over nature’s whims.
|Friday 28 June 2013|
|Dan Brown: scriptwriter of the Julian Assange set|
The Edward Snowden affair will invoke déjà vu in Brown fans: his 1998 conspiracy thriller Digital Fortress foretold this childish morality tale.
|Tuesday 18 June 2013|
|Roll up, roll up – watch Nigella being strangled!|
The Nigella Lawson ‘choking’ incident confirms that respectable observers are as good at being voyeuristic and moralistic as any tabloid hack.
|Tuesday 11 June 2013|
|Let’s call a halt to the worship of whistleblowers|
The increasingly irrational cult of the whistle-
blower is bad for politics and bad for journalism. We need some heretics to blow it apart.
|Thursday 6 June 2013|
|Occupy: the marauding Starbucks of radical protest|
Events in Turkey confirm that imposing the conformist Occupy brand on every global protest only helps to confuse and contain them.
|Tuesday 28 May 2013|
|Woolwich: we have to talk about the bystanders|
There’s no more avoiding it: we must discuss the chilling fact that people casually watched and photographed the aftermath of a brutal murder.
|Thursday 23 May 2013|
|Woolwich: a knife crime, not an act of war|
In overreacting to the frenzied stabbing in Woolwich yesterday, politicians and the police risk doing the killers’ dirty work for them.
|Wednesday 15 May 2013|
|St Angelina, save |
us from ourselves!
The beatification of Angelina Jolie for writing about her mastectomy confirms that celebrity culture has reached new and hysterical heights.
|Thursday 9 May 2013|
|The phoney border |
war over immigration
The fallout from the Queen’s Speech confirms that today neither right nor left views immigrants as real, breathing human beings.
|Tuesday 30 April 2013|
|Iain Banks and the death of privacy|
The press releases and Twittergrief over the Scottish author’s coming demise from cancer confirm that dying has become a public spectacle.
|Wednesday 17 April 2013|
|Five things liberals love that Thatcher invented|
From safe sex to incapacity benefit, today’s shrill Thatcher-bashers are actually continuing Mrs T’s worst work.
|Monday 15 April 2013|
|Freedom can never be ‘granted’ to us|
Brendan O’Neill’s recent speech imploring young libertarians to keep their eyes peeled for ‘phony freedoms’.
|Thursday 11 April 2013|
|Gay marriage: a case study in conformism|
Anyone who values diversity of thought and tolerance of dissent should find the sweeping consensus on gay marriage terrifying.