" Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact". - Thomas Huxley

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill is the editor of spiked, the online magazine with the modest ambition of making history as well as reporting it. He started his career in journalism at spiked 's predecessor, LM magazine, until that was forced to close following a libel action brought by ITN. Brendan's writing has been published widely on both sides of the Atlantic, including in The Spectator, The New Statesman, The Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor and Salon. He is also a regular contributor to the Guardian's Comment is Free Blog, where he has written articles defending the fur industry and homophobic Jamaican singers, and criticising green aristocrats and Jamie Oliver. Brendan is also a co-founder of the Manifesto Club.

He is a passionate defender of free speech and Enlightenment values: he was recently namechecked in the Spectator, of all places, as one of a group of Marxists who are doing a better job than anybody else of defending liberty and rationalism today. He has been described as "one of this country's sharpest social commentators" in the Telegraph. Entirely fulfilling Little Atoms' remit of being challenging, possibly controversial and always interesting, Brendan has also been described as a " smug shite " by Peter Tatchell, and as " exceptionally ignorant " by Melanie Phillips, and as a "loony lefty hack" by the British National Party.

Brendan has been our guest on Little Atoms twice.

Interview one first broadcast on 7th July 2006.

Interview two first broadcast on 16th November 2007.

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