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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The politics of development
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

Even capitalism’s fan club is losing faith
Why have free marketeers joined greens and ‘anti-capitalists’ in arguing that economic growth is a bad thing?
Daniel Ben-Ami, spiked, 11 August 2008

Can local government manage change alone?
Management consultancy columnist, Mick James, wonders how long the value of consultants in the public sector will be debated.
Mick James,, 1 August 2008

The Subprime Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do About It
A concise attempt to elaborate in just seven short chapters the genesis of the housing bubble, explode its myths, explore its scale and the dangers of its deepening impact, assert the need to maintain confidence in our economic and financial institutions by aggressive action, and then explore longer-term, more fundamental reforms and innovations that will create a population much more attuned to economic risk.

Robert Shiller, Princeton University Press, 31 July 2008

India's economy: Turning sour
Having won a vote of confidence at home, India’s government now faces another—abroad
Economist, 31 July 2008

Making Capitalism More Creative
Capitalism has improved the lives of billions of people — something that's easy to forget at a time of great economic uncertainty. But it has left out billions more. They have great needs, but they can't express those needs in ways that matter to markets.
Bill Gates, TIME, 31 July 2008

India will beat China – all in its own good time
Democracy will ensure that the tortoise overcomes the hare in the race for competitive advantage
William Nobrega, Independent, 27 July 2008

How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor
Reinert argues that our economies were founded on protectionism and state activism and could only later afford the luxury of free trade. When our leaders come to lecture poor countries on the right road to riches they do so in almost perfect ignorance of the real history of mass affluence.

Erik S. Reinert, Constable, 24 July 2008

Protectionism... the truth is on a $10 bill
I have a six-year-old son. His name is Jin-Gyu. He lives off me, yet he is quite capable of making a living. After all, millions of children of his age already have jobs in poor countries.
Ha-Joon Chang, Independent, 23 July 2008

Fannie, Freddie, and the economics of fear
The troubles at America’s big, folksy-named mortgage providers are a symptom of today's wider anxiety about the future of society.
Sean Collins, spiked, 22 July 2008

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