Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Politics & Ideology

The real losers in this election are the voters
Romney’s videotaped dismissal of swathes of the electorate will hurt him, but Obama remains a lame duck, too.
Sean Collins, spiked, 20 September 2012

The far right is fragmenting
The BNP is in freefall but there is potential for one of its many rivals to move into the space it vacates
Matthew Goodwin, Guardian, 19 September 2012

Europe's most powerful countries call for elected EU president
Germany, France and nine other of Europe's most powerful countries have called for an elected European Union president and an end to Britain's veto over defence policy in a radical blueprint mapping out the continent's future.
Bruno Waterfield, Daily Telegraph, 18 September 2012

The inexorable rise of the PR men
With firms like Bell Pottinger working for foreign governments, we must now question everything more, not less.
Alan White, New Statesman, 17 September 2012

Far-right ideas: Britains's generation gap
Our research shows that anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim policies are much less likely to appeal to young people
Matthew Goodwin, Guardian, 16 September 2012

The Crisis of Europe
How the Union Came Together and Why It’s Falling Apart
Timothy Garton Ash, Foreign Affairs, September 2012

Put citizens at the heart of the Union
Europe today is suffering an erosion of representative democracy, citizenship and solidarity, making emerging from the crisis that much harder. If the Union cannot encourage an upswing in citizen participation it will not survive in its current form, warns a Polish columnist.
Jacek Żakowski, presseurop, 14 September 2012

Don't Fall for the Crocodile Tears of the Hillsborough Hypocrites
Following the publication of the damning report on the Hillsborough disaster, there have been paroxysms of handwringing in the political and media classes.
Brendan O'Neill, Huffington Post, 13 September 2012

A Right to Offend: Free Expression in the Twenty-first Century
A Right to Offend offers us a deeper understanding of the increasingly threatening environment in which free speech operates and is defended, as well as how it informs and is central to journalism practice and media freedom more generally. It is important reading for all those interested in freedom of expression in the twenty-first century.

Brian Winston, Bloomsbury Academic, 13 September 2012

The Shattered Remains of US Middle East Policy
The shocking attack on the US consulate in Benghazi late on Tuesday that left four Americans dead abruptly revealed the fragility of America’s position in the post “Arab Spring” Middle East
Karl Sharro, Al-Akhbar, 13 September 2012


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