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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Recent Readings

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
Sandel examines one of the biggest ethical questions of our time and provokes a debate that's been missing in our market-driven age: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honour and money cannot buy?

Michael Sandel, Allen Lane, 26 April 2010

Born to lead—but where?
David Cameron may be the Conservative party’s most successful leader since 1997, but doubts linger about whether he’s a traditional shire Tory or a liberal moderniser
Wendell Steavenson, Prospect, 25 April 2010

London's richest people worth 273 times more than the poorest
Academic argues in new book that society has the widest divide since the days of slavery
Randeep Ramesh, Guardian, 20 April 2010

Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists
Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Leading social commentator and academic Danny Dorling claims in this timely book that, as the five social evils identified by Beveridge are gradually being eradicated, they are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice, viz: elitism is efficient; exclusion is necessary; prejudice is natural; greed is good; and despair is inevitable.

Danny Dorling, Policy Press, 20 April 2010

Bikinis for girls: a storm in an AA-cup
The row over Primark’s padded bikinis revealed modern parents’ anxieties about behaving like adults.
Jan Macvarish, spiked, 20 April 2010

Now try the John Lewis way
The department store chain’s distinctive style of employee ownership is now becoming a model for other firms
Carly Chynoweth, The Times, 18 April 2010

Take That star and Cameron back school talent search
David Cameron has backed the idea of a UK-wide school talent contest based on popular shows such as X Factor.
BBC News, 16 April 2010

Remorse As a Way of Life
Dwelling on the West's past sins is strangely narcissistic—debilitating, too.
Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal, 15 April 2010

Cameronism: a wholly new conservatism
Cameron's manifesto avoids electric policy in favour of theory. He is gambling that the party core is ready for it
Tim Montgomerie, Guardian Comment is free, 13 April 2010

Archaeology on the front line
Tiffany Jenkins speaks to heritage professionals in fierce disagreement about their sector’s involvement in wars.
Tiffany Jenkins, spiked, 13 April 2010


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