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A not-so Sterling attack on free speech

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The LA Clippers owner has been hounded out of the NBA for a speech crime. Read my spiked article in full here.

The purge of gay-marriage heretics begins

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The ousting of Brendan Eich from Mozilla because of his views on gay marriage sets a dangerous precedent. Read my spiked article in full here.

Who are the real bigots in the St. Pat’s spat?

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Gay-rights groups are becoming the enforcers of social conformism. Read my spiked article in full here.

Facebook comments could get Texas teen put away for 10 years

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In the Washington Post, Radley Balko reports on the unsettling story of Justin Carter, an 18-year old in Texas, who a year ago was arrested, put in jail and charged with a felony based on comments he posted on Facebook. In February 2013, about two months after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, Clark posted […]

Jerry Seinfeld won’t kowtow to “PC nonsense”

Jerry Seinfeld has an online series called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. It’s pretty funny. But some people aren’t laughing, because they’re unhappy that Seinfeld has featured white male comedians (even though they are not all white males – he’s had Chris Rock and Tina Fey, for example, on the show). In a recent interview, […]

You don’t know that Woody Allen is guilty

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This post has now been re-published in spiked – go here. In the name of supporting Dylan Farrow, commentators have unleashed a wave of prejudice and intolerance against Woody Allen. There is so much that is very illiberal and disturbing about the urge to condemn and publicly denounce Allen: It’s not based on fact As […]

Marijuana and the myth of libertarian America

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The new pro-dope consensus is more authoritarian than liberal. Read my spiked article in full here.  

Free speech after Duck Dynasty

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A reality-TV controversy in the US shows that social intolerance can be just as bad as government censorship. Read my spiked article in full here.

No tobacco, no matter: major U.S. cities proposing bans on e-cigarettes

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Chicago, New York and other major American cities are considering proposals to prohibit e-cigarettes in public places. The move is another step by authorities to use public health as an excuse to treat us as less than autonomous individuals.  About 4 million Americans use battery-powered cigarettes, according to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association. The growing […]

Standing up to the new paternalists

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Today’s nudging elite poses a threat to our everyday freedoms. Read my spiked essay in full here.

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