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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Gap-year do-gooding won't save the world
An edited extract from Volunteer Tourism: The Lifestyle Politics of International Development
Jim Butcher and Pete Smith, spiked, 19 June 2015

Authoritarians in search of meaning.
The UK’s devolved parliaments have become shockingly illiberal.
Neil Davenport, spiked, June 2015

A New Golden Age for UK Technology Start Ups?
How can the tech sector marry today's feeling of optimism - and the private sector cash that is aligned with that growth - with the creation of both a societal and industry infrastructure that will enable technology-orientated people and businesses to flourish and grow?
Chris Ciauri, Huffington Post, 8 June 2015

Reclaim Brixton: gentrifiers against gentrification
James Heartfield, spiked, April 2015

Megacities are bad for the developing world
Debating Matters' acclaimed Topic Guides place debates in a social context
Craig Fairnington & Joel Cohen, Debating Matters, 11 April 2015

Do the UK’s European ties damage its prosperity?
Eurosceptics claim that EU membership has become a major drag on British prosperity, but despite the constraints of membership, the UK’s markets for goods, services and labour are already among the freest in the developed world.
Philip Whyte, Centre for European Reform, April 2015

Where do the costs and benefits of Brexit come from?
The headline figures of Open Europe’s Brexit report have attracted a lot of attention. But what lies behind them?
Raoul Ruparel, Open Europe, 26 March 2015

California's drought is not getting better but experts look to startups for ideas
State officials are trying everything from serving less water in restaurants and doing less laundry at hotels to a $1bn emergency relief plan unveiled on Thursday. But experts warn all of that and much more will still be required to deal with byproducts of the drought
Andy Meek, Guardian, 22 March 2015

Give us the freedom to build our own homes
James Heartfield, spiked, March 2015

The sharing economy: poverty of ambition
A lot of what is called Sharing is not really Sharing, Much of what is claimed to be new about the Sharing Economy is not really new, and the Sharing Economy, however defined, is not a solution to the big economic problems we face.
Rob Killick, UK After the Recession, 20 February 2015

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