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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Lifestyle & Society

Stop blaming the baby boomers. Some are trying to save the world
It’s hard to marry the concept of boomer selfishness with the activism of these ‘grey-haired’ protesters fighting on behalf of their grandchildren
Van Badham, Guardian, 13 August 2015

Lenny Bruce: the Dapper Laughs of his day
Tom Slater, spiked, August 2015

Why Alice is still wonderful
James Woudhuysen, spiked, 24 July 2015

Generationally divided we fall
A review of Jennie Bristow's Baby Boomers and Generational Conflict
Tim Black, spiked, 24 July 2015

Football and big money: the root of all entertainment
Shingi Mararike, spiked, 17 July 2015

‘Young people aren’t being held back by grasping elders’
spiked talks to Jennie Bristow about her new book and why bashing the Baby Boomers blinds us to the problems of today.
spiked podcast, spiked, 19 June 2015

Vaping bans: Irrational and illiberal
Rob Lyons, spiked, 9 June 2015

We must not give in to the rape panic
The public must challenge the idea that rape is everywhere.
Luke Gittos, spiked, 8 June 2015

Is Sepp Blatter really Stalin or Saddam Hussein?
Mick Hume, spiked, 8 June 2015

Happiness: A modern malaise
Kathryn Ecclestone, spiked, 15 May 2015

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