The right to be annoying

For some reason, people have been asking me lately about the increasingly visible Trots at Spiked! and the Institute of Ideas. Why are they so cynical and snotty? What is it with the obsessive debunking? Why are they so annoying? Why are they everywhere? So I thought it might be useful to link to three very thorough Guardian articles from two years ago providing the kind of background you won’t get from their own web sites, events or publications.
Life after Living Marxism: Fighting for freedom – to offend, outrage and question everything, The Guardian Saturday July 8, 2000
Living without Marxism, but with the bubbly at hand, The Guardian Monday July 10, 2000
Life after Living Marxism: Banning the bans, The Guardian Saturday July 8, 2000.