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The GOP is the Trump Party now

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Republican disarray has allowed for a total Donald takeover.

Read my spiked article in full here.

After Dallas: let’s move beyond grief and fear

Protests Continue In Baton Rouge After Police Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling

The US needs to rediscover its universalist outlook.

Read my spiked article in full here.

Why it’s been such a slog for Hillary

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Her troubles expose the disarray of the Democratic elites.

Read my Spiked article in full here.

The end of the Grand Old Party

GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Holds Indiana Primary Night Gathering In New York

Trump's rise confirms the alarming decay of the Republicans.

Read my Spiked article in full here.

Unsafe Space

unsafe spaceI'm excited to see that Unsafe Space, a new book of essays on free speech on campus, has just been published in the US. I'm one of the contributors, with a chapter on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: "BDS: Demonizing Israel, Destroying Free Speech." The book is edited by Tom Slater, deputy editor of Spiked

The book is packed with excellent contributions, from Brendan O'Neill and other Spiked writers, Greg Lukianoff of FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) and Peter Wood of the National Association of Scholars, among others. From the back of the book:

The academy is in crisis. Students call for speakers to be banned, books to be slapped with trigger warnings and university to be a Safe Space, free of offensive words or upsetting ideas. But as tempting as it is to write off intolerant students as a generational blip, or a science experiment gone wrong, they’ve been getting their ideas from somewhere. Bringing together leading journalists, academics and agitators from the US and UK, Unsafe Space is a wake-up call. From the war on lad culture to the clampdown on climate sceptics, we need to resist all attempts to curtail free speech on campus. But society also needs to take a long, hard look at itself. Our inability to stick up for our founding, liberal values, to insist that the free exchange of ideas should always be a risky business, has eroded free speech from within.

The book is recommended by free speech heroes Jonathan Rauch, Harvey Silverglate and Nadine Strossen. Here's what Rauch has to say about it:

Trigger warning: If universities' becoming hostile environments for intellectual freedom doesn't worry you already, it will after you've read the passionate, wide-ranging, and sometimes startling essays in Unsafe Space. Fortunately, when you pick up this book, the solution--more speech, better arguments, and moral courage--is in your hands.

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Berned out

Boiled down, Bernie Sanders’ message was just too pessimistic.

Read my Spiked article in full here.

US election podcast

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In the latest episode of Spiked's weekly radio show, I spoke with Tom Slater, Spiked's deputy editor, about why Bernie Sanders has failed to make his "revolution" a reality.

Tom also speaks with lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer about the victim politics of Donald Trump.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Articles of note

"Pro-Trump, anti-Mexican messages chalked on California campus as 'chalkening' movement spreads," Washington Post, by Susan Svrluga

"Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are delusional on trade policy," Daily Beast, by Will Marshall and Ed Gerwin

"What's behind the revolt against global integration?" Washington Post, by Lawrence Summers

"A drought of ideas," The American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead

"Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime," USA Today, by Glenn Reynolds

"An overheated climate alarm," Wall Street Journal, by Bjorn Lomborg

"Exhibiting bias: radical environmentalists want museums to stop taking donations from conservatives," City Journal, by John Tierney

"Religious liberty in Mississippi," American Conservative, by Rod Dreher

"Stanford students want Western Civilization studies back as the PC backlash begins," Daily Beast, by Lizzie Crocker

"The ages of distraction," Aeon, by Frank Furedi

Is the game rigged against Trump and Sanders?

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No, these outsiders aren't being done in by their parties.

Read my spiked article in full here.

After Wisconsin

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The front-runners took it on the chin in last night’s Wisconsin primaries. Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump, 48% to 35%, while Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton by a similar margin, 57% to 43%.

So, what did we learn from these results?

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