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Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked, the “sassy, irreverent UK-based online magazine of news and opinion.” When he’s not writing for and editing spiked, and commissioning journalists who have something to say and the guts to say it, O’Neill writes widely for publications on both sides of the Atlantic. His journalism has been published in the New Statesman, the Spectator, the Guardian, The Sunday Times, the British Journalism Review, the Press Gazette, Abortion Review and the Catholic Herald in Britain, and in Salon, Slate, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Christian Science Monitor, American Prospect, the American Conservative and Reason magazine in the United States. He is also a feature-writer for the BBC in Britain.

O’Neill is a passionate defender of free speech – far too passionate for an organisation like English PEN, which has denounced him as a “free speech provocateur” and “angry little boy” who thinks free speech should be awarded to “anyone who says anything anywhere on any subject for any reason with any effect” (this is true – O’Neill really does think this).

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Monday, December 6, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tax inspectors against capitalism? Now that is rich Never mind the atrophying over the past 40 years of real economic activity in Britain; never mind that the current crop of political leaders has neither the nerve nor the know-how to kick-start economic productivity. Apparently it is because Mrs Green likes to eat truffles while being fanned by hunks in Monaco (probably) that Britain is in turmoil.

Saturday, November 20, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Students are supposed to read books, not burn them the whole point of free speech is to have deep, meaningful, robust debates. We have to have deadly serious discussions about deadly serious things -- and we can't do that if everyone is listening out for potentially offensive words rather than thinking about and responding to the ideas being expressed.