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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The key problem today is not so much the banking meltdown, as our inability to understand the threat as a prelude to managing it.
Frank Furedi, spiked, 6 October 2008
The proposed ‘Age of Austerity’ is not a rational response to the financial crisis. It is a political campaign to ration our passions.
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 6 October 2008
After more than a year of relatively small spillovers from the financial turmoil in advanced economies, equity prices in emerging markets succumbed to the dramatic worsening of financial distress in mid-September 2008.
International Monetary Fund, October 2008
Kris Gopalakrishnan, boss of Infosys, thought he had the British IT firm Axon in the bag — then an Indian rival outbid him. Is the East now carving up the West?
Andrew Davidson, The Sunday Times, 5 October 2008
Neither Labour nor the Conservatives are offering the economic leadership they should.
Economist, 27 September 2008
Leaders gather in Tianjin for a three-day meeting that will focus on fast-growing companies with the potential to transform the world economy
Financial Times, September 2008
Monday was the most momentous day on Wall Street since the 1930s. America said no to another bailout and farewell to two venerable institutions, Lehman and Merrill Lynch.
Evan Davis, BBC News, 15 September 2008
An historic turning point has been reached: the West is ditching its faith in free markets and private enterprise
Anatole Kaletsky, The Times, 12 September 2008
We are more than a year into the credit crunch, and there is a slew of books assessing what went wrong and what we should do about it.
Michael Savage, fundstrategy, 1 September 2008
Far from being the exclusive terrain of experts, the issue of economic growth is one to be considered by society as a whole.
Stuart Simpson, Culture Wars, 21 August 2008
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