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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A new future with concrete and chips
Tech entrepreneurs honoured by the Royal Academy of Engineering are showing the way
Mark Leftly and Jamie Dunkley, Independent, 18 April 2014

Why society is more unequal than ever
Five years after The Spirit Level, authors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argue that research backs up their views on the iniquity of inequality.
Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, Guardian, 9 March 2014

Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world
As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims growing inequality has been driven by 'power grab'.
Graeme Wearden, Guardian, 20 January 2014

The space race goes East
Patrick Hayes, spiked, 23 December 2013

When will Britain learn? Immigration from the EU is enormously beneficial to our economy
Fear of the foreigner is politics at its worst and does the UK no credit.
Vicky Pryce, Independent, 29 November 2013

Why China will not buy the world
China frightens the west. Rarely, however, do westerners look at how the world looks to China. Yes, it has made enormous economic strides. But it still sees a world economy dominated by developed economies.
Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 10 July 2013

Debunking The Narrative Of Silicon Valley's Innovation Might
The real innovation engine in the global economy is not the entrepreneurial class blazing capitalist trails through the thicket of government red tape and taxation. No. The real engine of innovation is government.
Bruce Upbin, Forbes, 13 June 2013

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths
This book, which builds on the author’s work for a high-impact DEMOS report (substantially developed and extended), debunks the myth of the State as a large bureaucratic organization that can at best facilitate the creative innovation which happens in the dynamic private sector.

Mariana Mazzucato, Anthem Press, 10 June 2013

A Revolution in the Making
Digital technology is transforming manufacturing, making it leaner and smarter—and raising the prospect of an American industrial revival
John Koten, The Wall Street Journal, 10 June 2013

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