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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John Gray, Britain’s foremost political philosopher, says that Ruth Kelly’s new campaign against Islamic extremism is doomed because it exaggerates the scope for cohesion in our fragmented modern world
John Gray, Spectator, 14 February 2007
As identity politics exert an increasing influence on domestic and international exchanges, culture is therefore a critical forum for negotiation and a medium of exchange in finding shared solutions.
John Holden, Rachel Briggs, Samuel Jones, Kirsten Bound, Demos, February 2007
If you want to instil appreciation and fluency, music is most effectively taught when kids are young
Philippa Ibbotson, Guardian, 17 January 2007
‘Music is a powerful learning tool which can build children’s confidence, teamwork and language skills’
staff writer, DfES, 15 January 2007
Munira Mirza (ed.), Policy Exchange, 3 January 2007
‘Since the 1970s, cultural diversity initiatives within the visual arts sector have arguably exacerbated rather than confronted exclusionary pathologies of the art world’
Richard Hylton, Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, 2006
From the tough sexy females of the war-time to the eunuchs of post-war era, icons of the big screen are a product of their time
Germaine Greer, Guardian, 29 December 2006
News report on the aural scourge of public transport; tinny music played through a mobile phone
Auslan Cramb, Telegraph, 7 December 2006
Rob Lyons, spiked, 3 December 2006
Munira Mirza, spiked, 22 November 2006
China: Brendan O'Neill - The West is afraid of China
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