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Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.

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A note about links

Inevitably links go out of date. We suggest, therefore, that you make hard-copies of the stories that particularly interest you.

Bogus Egalitarianism in Action *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

The ludicrously rich eat hot dogs, therefore inequality is just fine.… Read the rest

Hobsbawm on History for a Broad Public *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

It can be good and readable without talking down to the readers.… Read the rest

Boys in School *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Noise and bravado unhelpful, so have them study in professional football clubs. Eh?… Read the rest

David Aaronovitch on the Two Erics *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Orwell knew and Hobsbawm knows how to face facts.… Read the rest

Just a Question *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

But why isn’t it called ‘Husband Swap’? … Read the rest

Honour Killing Foiled *

Nov 6th, 2003 | Filed by

Man tries to hire hitman to kill his son-in-law.… Read the rest

The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Being playful and ironic and in fashion has its limitations.… Read the rest

Human Remains Working Group Set to Report *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

Australian Aborigines welcome plan to set up bones repatriation panel.… Read the rest

Compulsory Parenthood *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

‘…this does nothing but denigrate women by reducing them to their biological function.’… Read the rest

Free Speech, Offense, Harm? *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

What do we mean by: safety, comfort, offense, hatred, inappropriate, healthy campus climate?… Read the rest

Poverty and Superstition *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

David Stanway looks at the idiocy of rural life in China.… Read the rest

Richard Wollheim *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

The Guardian obituary.… Read the rest

Neglecting One’s Social Duty *

Nov 5th, 2003 | Filed by

When was child-bearing made compulsory?… Read the rest

Is it Protest or Trespass? *

Nov 4th, 2003 | Filed by

‘I was protecting the environment’ is not a defence, high court rules.… Read the rest

Department of Jumping to Conclusions *

Nov 4th, 2003 | Filed by

White guys at university binge-drink because they’re so ashamed of not being diverse, right?… Read the rest

Dictionary of Life Has Two Billion Entries *

Nov 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

The first letter is G, the two billionth is T.… Read the rest

‘Philosophers Have Beards’ – Really? All of Them? *

Nov 3rd, 2003 | Filed by

TV could be an excellent medium for popularizing philosophy, but if it always has to be visually entrancing, well…… Read the rest

Royals are Cross at Their Runaway Slave *

Nov 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

What it’s like to work for people who can’t fasten their own seat belts or recognize servants as human.… Read the rest

Adam Swift Defends Diane Abbott *

Nov 2nd, 2003 | Filed by

How political principles and personal choices fit together matters.… Read the rest

MMR Debate Turns Nasty *

Nov 1st, 2003 | Filed by

They were once colleagues. Now they’re bickering.… Read the rest