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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Science policy in the UK has given growing support for short-term goal-oriented scientific research projects, with pressure being applied on researchers to demonstrate the future application of their work. These policies carry the risk of restricting freedom, curbing research direction, and stifling rather than stimulating the creativity needed for scientific discovery.
Belinda Linden, Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration, 29 February 2008
Globalisation has benefited Europe and could boost annual household income by a further €5,000 per family within a few years, according to a comprehensive survey of its effects.
Andrew Bounds, Financial Times, 28 February 2008
Creative Britain: New Talents for a New Economy is a strategy document for the Creative Industries: it documents 26 commitments, which outline how the Government will take action to support the creative industries.
DCMS, DCMS, February 2008
We should celebrate the spread of wealth and modernity in the developing world, while recognising that a great shift in global power is not imminent.
Stuart Simpson, spiked, 21 February 2008
William Nobrega & Ashish Sinha, John Wiley & Sons, 8 February 2008
Paul Mason, Vintage, 7 February 2008
Kerry Brown, Chandos Publishing (Oxford) Ltd, 1 February 2008
The Federal Reserve’s ‘shock’ slashing of interest rates was only the latest episode in a drawn-out drama starring Western sluggishness and Eastern dynamism.
Daniel Ben Ami, spiked, 24 January 2008
With its attacks on advertising, opulence and environmental filth, John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Affluent Society, published 50 years ago, anticipated today’s small-minded growth scepticism.
Daniel Ben-Ami, spiked, 9 January 2008
What the Subprime Crisis reveals about the economy, politics and the state in 2008 – and why the real story is the rise of the East as the West flounders.
Phil Mullan, spiked, 7 January 2008
The war on alcohol: new puritanism or healthy sobriety?
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