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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.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
misanthropy 7
irrationalism 6
priggishness 1
luddism 1
illiberalism 1
prejudice 0


summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:01 (nine years ago) link

vote for your favourite

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:02 (nine years ago) link

anybody who's read Lee and Herring's The Ironic Review shd be familiar with this mind-blowing site btw.

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:04 (nine years ago) link

I have a thing for irrationalism.

I can't remember the last time i saw a Brendan o'Neill piece that wasn't hysterical, trolling nonsense. Puts me off the whole venture.

Mohombi Khush Hua (ShariVari), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:05 (nine years ago) link

Misanthropy vs irrationalism for me.

Matt DC, Friday, 27 January 2012 11:06 (nine years ago) link

gotta vote for misanthropy tbh. not that i have disgust for the entire human race mind you, just for the people that write for spiked.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:07 (nine years ago) link

i'm a misanthropy fan it's true, but luddism has its attractions.

i love how "priggishness" is a transparent code-word for the so-called politically correct brigade.

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:07 (nine years ago) link

am also down with illiberalism and controlled doses of prejudice.

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 January 2012 11:09 (nine years ago) link

The only good thing about the Spiked / LM / Institute of Ideas / RCP / Frank Furedi axis is their stuff about how people perceive risk. Apart from that they are all a bunch of Tory-Ayn Rand nutters using the language of the left to peddle reactionary opinions.

The New Dirty Vicar, Friday, 27 January 2012 13:16 (nine years ago) link

goddamit that's Ed Miliband's job

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 January 2012 13:20 (nine years ago) link

Misanthropy, easily. I have a soft spot for irrationalism but usually it just makes me frustrated and angry.

emil.y, Friday, 27 January 2012 13:36 (nine years ago) link

chose irrationalism, that'll show those damned rationalists.

Spiked… idk, I'm always surprised it's still going - still chugging along, still pretending to be quite serious, still publishing 3rd rate cultural crit + ooh-contrary LM challops by men in glasses; no-one ever notices, though, from what I can see - maybe I move in the wrong bit of the internet, but no-one seems to give 1 sol. shit about them. What an odd place.

you don't exist in the database (woof), Friday, 27 January 2012 13:43 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 00:01 (nine years ago) link

didn't we leave out "Corruption"? I mean, isn't there pro-smoking stuff largely related to the money they get from tobacco companies?

The New Dirty Vicar, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:29 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 2 February 2012 00:01 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/W4eBQ.png

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 13:52 (nine years ago) link

search for anything uk politics related and something by that bawbag appears

hat tip to the telegraph seo crew

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 13:54 (nine years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/W4eBQ.png

The secular beatification of Rachel Corrie sums up everything that is wrong with modern solidarity with Palestine

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 13:58 (nine years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/W4eBQ.png

Posh-bashing has replaced prole-bashing as the nastiest strain in British politics

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 13:59 (nine years ago) link

won't somebody think of the poshes?

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:00 (nine years ago) link

hang on in british politics i missed that bit. has Osborne been happy slapping hereditary lords again?

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:00 (nine years ago) link

in moments of temperate weakness i downplay the importance of machine-gunning cunts like this

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:02 (nine years ago) link

his shtick of sardonic panel show contributor mixed with guardian comment thread psycho is pretty singular u gotta admit

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:05 (nine years ago) link

How about a riot against class determinism?

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:07 (nine years ago) link

How about leeches inserted into your urethra?

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:08 (nine years ago) link

Spiked is a whole website devoted to trolling and challops, it's also a classic case of former lefties being even more swivel-eyed than dyed-in-the-wool Tories.

Arvo Pärt Chimp (Neil S), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:10 (nine years ago) link

that's called Paul Johnson Syndrome iirc but tbh i can't describe public school kids as "former lefties" with a straight face

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:11 (nine years ago) link

saw a really awesome looking Paul Johnson history book in the charity shop last week but i've got his "History of England" and one book of delightfully savage mentalism is enough tbh

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:13 (nine years ago) link

Isn't Frank Furedi the guiding light for these clowns? Formerly a Marxist sociologist. But yeah, point taken in general.

Arvo Pärt Chimp (Neil S), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:13 (nine years ago) link

The fashionable idea that an individual’s class background determines his future and his fortunes is not nearly as radical as it seems.

politics is a parlour game to see who can reconfigure the same few century-old talking points to appear most 'radical', maybe by fusing a shockingly progressive attitude towards sunday opening hours to traditional values on land ownership in order to create a new radical feudalism

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:14 (nine years ago) link

in a way this shit pre-dates American neo-cons, Johnson is atavistic here and nobody cd seriously say Julie Burchill was ever a leftist but the Mail in the 80s was full of ex-Trots bringing the monetarism iirc

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:17 (nine years ago) link

the idea is to carry forward the sense of being 'radical' from their distant trot youth by employing a savagely debilitated idea of challops and trolling ie just random contrarianism and 'makes u think' crap in order to radically unseat both left and right! who are both wrong!

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:21 (nine years ago) link

Frank Turnerism?

fuckin yeast with a priest infection (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:22 (nine years ago) link

oh god he is probably a spiked fellow traveller

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:23 (nine years ago) link

no question

listen to the album cos it's banging (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:24 (nine years ago) link

I suspect Mumford & Sons are onboard too

Arvo Pärt Chimp (Neil S), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:28 (nine years ago) link

radical new idea -- why should we be forced to pay for roads we don't use? all roads to be funded by holistic, radically nonpublic synergistic co-operatives, thereby profiting from charges paid by school buses, police cars and other government vehicles who want to use them

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:29 (nine years ago) link

i saw Alexei Sayle do some actual funny shit about private road-building one time

boooooo he ain't hardcore (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:29 (nine years ago) link

alexei sayle being funny would be quite a radical development, even if his heart's in the right place

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:33 (nine years ago) link

he used to do some legit funny shit i think but preaching to the choir is some soul-knackering boredom

boooooo he ain't hardcore (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:35 (nine years ago) link

mark thomas reprazent

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:36 (nine years ago) link

Frank Turner – Love Ire & Song Lyrics

Well a teacher of mine once told me
That life was just a list of disappoints and defeats
And you could only do your best,
And I said "That's a fucking cop-out,
you're just washed up and your tired,
and when I get to your age I won't be such a coward"

.....

Let's be 1905 but not 1917,
Let's be heroes, let's be martyrs, let's be radical thinkers
Who never have to test drive the least of their dreams
Let's divide up the world into the damned and safe
And then ride to the valleys like the old life brigade
And straighten our backs and we won't be afraid
And they'll celebrate our deaths with a national parade

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:36 (nine years ago) link

surprised dudes at Eton were telling him that tbh

boooooo he ain't hardcore (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:37 (nine years ago) link

1905 was more radical than 1917, because it radically envisaged the idea of a constitutional monarchy, whereas executing the cunts and establishing the dictatorship of the proletariat was a lazy milquetoast cop-out

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:40 (nine years ago) link

pretty sure Joe Stalin was into the dividing up the world into the damned and the safe thing

boooooo he ain't hardcore (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:42 (nine years ago) link

lol we had a history teacher at school who used to call him joe in a way that probably wasn't but definitely sounded affectionate

Nilmar Honorato da Silva, Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:45 (nine years ago) link

much as i love Robert Wyatt i'm always wary of the fact that he'd probly kick the shit out of me for eating pigs and not digging on crazy Joe

boooooo he ain't hardcore (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:46 (nine years ago) link

i mean kick the shit out of me with his chair obv

boooooo he ain't hardcore (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 September 2012 14:47 (nine years ago) link

Is that actually real though or some fake Twitter shite?

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:08 (one year ago) link

Since when has Brendan O'Neill ever criticized Communists? That doesn't fit the Furedi narrative.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:10 (one year ago) link

yeah probably fake, but he will write a dog-fighting piece at some point.

calzino, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:13 (one year ago) link

am all for Brendan getting naked in a barn and going toe to paw with a couple of half-starved Rotties

Ivan Scampo (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:42 (one year ago) link

lmao he's wearing a fucking hat again pic.twitter.com/mvtftjKeJm

— P.G. Chodehouse (@mynnoj) June 17, 2020

well done to people for giving this snowflake a huuuge slaphead complex through their persistent meme-posting!

calzino, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:52 (one year ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EavBSjaXkAEsfEs?format=jpg&name=large

calzino, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:53 (one year ago) link

well done to people for giving this snowflake a huuuge slaphead complex through their persistent meme-posting!

Yes, a beautiful thing has happened.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:58 (one year ago) link

Sorry, but it blatantly did NOT completely cross the line. pic.twitter.com/t6SUcFUZNY

— That Ed boy below has just repeated my joke (@TreborRhurbarb) June 17, 2020

calzino, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:04 (one year ago) link

Mild starvation is good for children says the hate filled far right loser Brendan O’Neill pic.twitter.com/IhLsvbcKVQ

— Simon Gosden. Esq. #fbpe 🕷🇪🇺🇬🇧🏴‍☠️🦠🦠 (@g_gosden) June 17, 2020

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:11 (one year ago) link

Brendan O'Neill is ridiculous enough as it is, so why so these unfunny Twitter cunts feel the need to make up stuff he didn't say?

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:16 (one year ago) link

Oh shit is that a fake?

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:22 (one year ago) link

Second one today.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:27 (one year ago) link

apologies for sharing it.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:27 (one year ago) link

I blame Twitter.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:30 (one year ago) link

well the childish appearance shaming seems to be more effective than the attempts at satire atm! I'm not judging either though, but it's no doubt great that he has been pressured into wearing a hat at zoom chats.

calzino, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:34 (one year ago) link

If it is getting under the skin of his freakishly distended dome then it is good satire, who cares if it is childish?

calzino, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:40 (one year ago) link

I heartily approve of the giant forehead stuff, the other stuff is pointless and unfunny and it's perpetrators should be shot.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 21:49 (one year ago) link

brendan o'neill pretending not to be on twitter - and not personally, obsessively trawling through each and every meme depicting his grotesquely oblong forehead himself - is very funny pic.twitter.com/BUVGuaubX8

— Stan The Golden Boy (@tristandross) June 18, 2020

"big Irish head"

might be better pretending he's from from Easter Island!

calzino, Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:21 (one year ago) link

It's anti-Irish racism, you see, that's his only possible line of defence here - except that, through his slavish devotion to the teachings of Chairman Furedi, he's painted himself in a corner and there's really no way out for him. Sweet.

Rapsputin (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:32 (one year ago) link

As soon as he, lol, pulls too hard on that thread marked identity politics, as a repressed North London posh 2nd gen Irish white man - big heads matter! Then as well as looking even more ridiculous, his whole world unravels and now it is he who has become the snowflake!

calzino, Thursday, 18 June 2020 13:13 (one year ago) link

I mean yeah, very enjoyable fun and games, but I'm a little concerned this is coming across as bullying. Shouldn't we be fighting Brendan with facts? ie calling him a cunt?

glumdalclitch, Thursday, 18 June 2020 13:39 (one year ago) link

The fact is he has a grotesquely distorted head.

Rapsputin (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 June 2020 13:42 (one year ago) link

facts don't care about Brendan's feelings

Neil S, Thursday, 18 June 2020 14:29 (one year ago) link

i have a beautifully shaped head btw

plax (ico), Friday, 19 June 2020 18:24 (one year ago) link

thought the one on the right said "Fenian Chungus" for a minute

Ivan Scampo (Noodle Vague), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:44 (one year ago) link

LOL Brendan's new nickname.

Rapsputin (Tom D.), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:46 (one year ago) link

it's Gaelic for mini-Brendan!

calzino, Friday, 19 June 2020 19:53 (one year ago) link

"you know waht they call Brendan O'Neill in Paris?" "Le Massive Main"

calzino, Friday, 19 June 2020 19:59 (one year ago) link

📢📢 WORLD CUP OF BRENDANS, ROUND TWO 📢📢 pic.twitter.com/h5Lq1xrGAC

— 🎶 you would cry too if it happened to you 🎶 (@RavenholmCLP) June 19, 2020

calzino, Friday, 19 June 2020 20:11 (one year ago) link

You know, I have to say I think it* has really gone too far now.


*the featureless fleshy gap between his hairline and his eyebrows

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 19 June 2020 22:03 (one year ago) link

clearing out ancient document boxes of misc tat i unearthed a promotional card for EASYNET, which was the service provider associated with CYBERIA, which was the pioneering internet cafe associated with LIVING MARXISM and the RCP in the mid-90s lol

i never entered cyberia, nor did i sign up for easynet, but i did know a few members of the RCP in those years -- digital capability and the freedom to offend were their open sesames, as i think i've mentioned elsewhere. they weren't the worst ppl i worked with -- they were often actually p good at IT stuff -- but even then they were kind of exhausting. i may even have a copy of the issue of LM they got sued for, which shd have bankrupted them and stopped them but somehow didn't. there was a LOT of vc capital washing around them at that time (tho not for their "provocative" opinions on the war in yugoslavia)

mark s, Saturday, 20 June 2020 15:05 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

You knew it was coming, but nevertheless here it is. pic.twitter.com/XES0buaywe

— Elvis Buñuelo (@Mr_Considerate) December 6, 2020

calzino, Sunday, 6 December 2020 22:45 (one year ago) link

Of course, the anti-working-class left and the NuFootball commentariat (who love the beautiful game but loathe its ugly fans) instantly found the Millwall fans guilty of racism.

Schrödinger's culturally working-class football fans that are middle class enough to be able to afford the season tickets and still working class enough to be legit nazis for the sake of Brendan's arguments.

calzino, Sunday, 6 December 2020 23:04 (one year ago) link

just shooting bald fish with horribly distended bald heads in a barrel here

calzino, Sunday, 6 December 2020 23:07 (one year ago) link

Brendan not able to get it into his grotesquely distended head that it's only Millwall fans who have booed taking the knee - though I supposer Brendan might argue they're the only working class football fans left in the UK, if not in the world.

ILXceptionalism (Tom D.), Monday, 7 December 2020 00:26 (one year ago) link

Oops two distendeds there.

ILXceptionalism (Tom D.), Monday, 7 December 2020 00:27 (one year ago) link

booing at West Ham and Colchester as well apparently, although not on the same scale

imago, Monday, 7 December 2020 00:31 (one year ago) link

West Ham. Well there you go.

ILXceptionalism (Tom D.), Monday, 7 December 2020 00:32 (one year ago) link

anyway always fun when bastions of liberality side with an act of political symbolism that's unmistakably far-right

imago, Monday, 7 December 2020 00:33 (one year ago) link

the scare quotes around liberality should be implicit obv

imago, Monday, 7 December 2020 00:33 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Enjoying the idea that Joe Biden, who is a 100 year old liberal, is "obsessed with genderfluidity" pic.twitter.com/D9rG2OsdY8

— Rob Palk (@robpalkwriter) January 21, 2021

calzino, Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:31 (eleven months ago) link

listen here, jack. we're gonna abolish gender. you're a gender critical feminist? come on, man!

Fenners' Pen (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 21 January 2021 21:49 (eleven months ago) link

Brendan's Irish peasant sensibilities have been shaken by the auld yin.

Waterloo Subset (Tom D.), Friday, 22 January 2021 00:22 (eleven months ago) link

heaven forbid that there should be divisiveness in US politics

Sven Vath's scary carpet (Neil S), Friday, 22 January 2021 09:32 (eleven months ago) link

eleven months pass...

Amusing(?) myself at lunchtime by leafing through today's Daily Mail, thinking, "Jesus Christ, can you believe there are cunts who get handsomely paid for writing this shite?" when I come across a full page opinion piece by former editor of the Revolutionary Communist Party's official newspaper, Mick Hume. The bold Mick, who is holding forth on Partygate, starts his piece by saying, "I'm not concerned with defending Mr. Johnson" and, I think you can guess what's coming, proceeds to spend the entire article defending Mr. Johnson. Not quite the entire article because a lot of it is spent lambasting the BBC for criticizing Mr. Johnson as part of their policy of promoting the "woke agenda of Left-liberal urban elites". The main target of his ire being, wait for it, well known Left-liberal wokester, Nick Robinson. As I said, this cunt is getting paid for this shite.

Someone left a space telescope out in the rain (Tom D.), Friday, 14 January 2022 13:22 (five days ago) link

This is really the best version of the mohicaned cunt who shouted at you about SWSS at uni turning up as your bank manager 20 years later

Khafre's clown (Noodle Vague), Friday, 14 January 2022 13:26 (five days ago) link

absolutely, though I struggle to see how these kinds of shenanigans are helping to advance the Leninist vanguard

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Friday, 14 January 2022 14:39 (five days ago) link

he's advancing the class struggle, but doing it t'other way round against the proletariat. sort of like the Kriss Kross of the revolutionary vanguard. You aren't understanding this correctly from a Living Marxism viewpoint!

calzino, Friday, 14 January 2022 15:25 (five days ago) link

that's the worry that keeps me up at night: am I correctly grasping Frank Furedi and friends' Hegelian dialiectics?

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Friday, 14 January 2022 15:29 (five days ago) link


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