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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Comeback kid
America’s economy is once again reinventing itself
Economist, 14 July 2012

Friend, enemy, rival, investor
How can India make its economic relations with China less lopsided?
Economist, 30 June 2012

Hello, world
Growth has brought foreigners, and foreigners have brought growth
Economist, 30 June 2012

The Price of Inequality: the avoidable causes and invisible costs of inequality
The top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live.

Joseph Stiglitz, Allen Lane, 28 June 2012

Death by Degrees
Like the market for skin care products, the market for credentials is inexhaustible: as the bachelor’s degree becomes democratized, the master’s degree becomes mandatory for advancement.
The Editors, n+1, 19 June 2012

Going South: why Britain will have a third world economy by 2014
With a second recession looming, Britain is facing a moment of truth. This book examines how the leader of the industrial revolution came to exhibit the features of a 'developing country'; chronic debt, volatile growth and vulnerability to external events.

Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson, Palgrave Macmillan, 14 June 2012

The New Industrial Revolution: consumers, globalization and the end of mass production
The rapid emergence of China and India as prime locations for low-cost manufacturing has led some analysts to conclude that manufacturers in the "old economies" - the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Japan - are being edged out of a profitable future. But if countries that have historically been at the forefront of events in manufacturing can adapt adroitly, opportunities are by no means over.

Peter Marsh, Yale University Press, 25 May 2012

Sorry, but SYRIZA won’t save Europe
The radical Greek leftists, along with Hollande in France, pose as anti-austerity yet promote ideas which will condemn Europe to long-term penury.
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 16 May 2012

Is 3D printing the key to Utopia?
The 'magic' of digital manufacturing could transform our homes and the industries that serve them. But at what cost?
John Naughton, Guardian, 13 May 2012

The Fight for Democracy - The Libertas Voice in Europe
Declan Galey explains how Libertas wants to turn the European Union into a democratic institution that ordinary Europeans can believe in.

Bruce Arnold, Killynon House Books, 1 May 2012

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