society and civility
Porno: Kein kleines, schmutziges Geheimnis mehr
3 June 2013
Pornographie ist in der Alltagswelt der westlichen Gesellschaft angelangt. Sexualität wird überall zur Schau gestellt. Der Soziologe Frank Furedi sieht in der Normalisierung des Porno-Gebrauchs einen ernsthaften Werteverfall, den man mit Zensur weder lösen kann noch sollte.
Is questioning tweeting teens or investigating historical crimes the best use of police time?
23 April 2013
It could be argued that policing social media over dealing with anti-social violence is purely to appear to be doing something. And what purpose can Yewtree really serve?
Porn: no longer a dirty little secret
18 March 2013
The normalisation of porn-use in the 21st-century West speaks to a serious crisis of values – one that censorship won't solve.
Why the ‘couples where women do more housework stay together’ study isn’t shocking
1 October 2012
A recent Norwegian study found lower divorce rates where most of the housework was carried out by the woman.
Mythical past, elusive future
30 July 2012
The Olympics opening ceremony was a spectacular piece of living theatre. But it also revealed our discomfort with our past and fear of the future.
The younger generation has been infantilised by the baby boomers
19 June 2012
Frank Furedi speaks against the motion 'The Baby Boomers have stolen the family silver' at the Intelligence Squared debate at the Royal Geographical Society on 27 October 2011.
Let’s do away with demonology on both sides of the gay marriage question
26 May 2012
Concepts such as bigoted homophobia or the rhetoric of spiritual corruption serve highly moralised narratives aimed at shutting down discussion rather than encouraging it.
Gay marriage: redrawing the American political map
14 May 2012
In officially endorsing same-sex marriage, Obama is signalling that the Democratic Party now has little interest in its old blue-collar supporters.
The divided state of America
30 April 2012
Charles Murray’s new book is a valiant effort to explain why America's upper classes are now so hollow and defensive, and incapable of marshalling the moral resources to lead society.
Toulouse murders open front in culture war
22 March 2012
Far too many people appear to regard the Toulouse tragedy as an opportunity to attack their opponent in the culture war enveloping Europe.