My favourite links #13

Spiked is an online magazine focusing on politics, culture and society. The magazine describes itself  like this :

Spiked is an independent online phenomenon dedicated to raising the horizons of humanity by waging a culture war of words against misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism in all their ancient and modern forms. spiked is endorsed by free-thinkers such as John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx, and hated by the narrow-minded such as Torquemada and Stalin. Or it would be, if they were lucky enough to be around to read it.

            The website was launched by Mick Hume in 2000 after the bankruptcy of its predecessor, Living Marxism magazine. It is currently edited by Brendan O’ Neil. It is a bit difficult to place on an ideological continuum. Their social critique has been defined as Libertarian Marxist but they have been criticised by journalists such as George Monbiot for following a right wing and pro-corporate agenda while pretending to be left wing. Their ideological stance includes the following points:


24 hours and not 42 days in detention for terrorist suspects before the police have to charge them.


Scepticism of global warming.


An open-border immigration policy.

For Europe, Against the EU.

Challenging China-bashing

Opposition to Therapy Culture and Government anti-obesity campaigns.

If you like contrarian opinions, go to their website:


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