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Trashing the white trash: Hillary and the new bigotry


Clinton's attack on "deplorables" reveals an ugly prejudice.

Read my spiked article in full here.

America against itself: my interview with Charles Murray


Charles Murray talks to me about the new class war cleaving the US in two.

You can read the interview, in the Spiked Review, here.

Note to Democrats: being anti-Trump is not enough


Obsessively bashing Trump could backfire on Hillary.

Read my spiked article in full here.

The GOP is the Trump Party now


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


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 ...

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