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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Government should persuade us to support the Lisbon treaty - not tell us it is none of our business
At a time when democracy seems to be failing - there is low voter turnout and widespread political apathy - a referendum could give citizens back some much needed control over the direction of the EU, and force democratic debate on an issue that up until now has existed beyond national politics.
Suzy Dean, openDemocracy, 4 March 2008

Academic freedom means free speech and no "buts"
Academics have a responsibility to challenge conventional wisdom
Dennis Hayes, the free society, 4 March 2008

Cynical capitalism, cynical anti-capitalism
How an unloved system survives by default, and how its would-be critics condemn us to more of the same
Dolan Cummings, Culture Wars, 4 March 2008

When Hassle Means Help
The International Lessons of Conditional Welfare.
Lawrence Kay & Oliver Marc Hartwich (eds.), Policy Exchange, 2008

Is Margaret Hodge right about the Proms?
We should be proud of the Proms, but not the tired, jingoistic rituals perpetuated by the traditional Last Night
Andrew Clements, Guardian Music Blog, 4 March 2008

42: Deep Thought on Life, the Universe, and Everything
Drawing his inspiration from 42 of the funniest, wisest, and quirkiest quotations on the big questions in life, Vernon offers a light-hearted look at what philosophy has to say about life, the Universe, and everything.

Mark Vernon, Oneworld, 1 March 2008

China's new intelligentsia
Despite the global interest in the rise of China, no one is paying much attention to its ideas and who produces them. Yet China has a surprisingly lively intellectual class...
Mark Leonard, Prospect, 1 March 2008

Fusion: Cheap energy for all? Power to the people?
The Brighton Salon was fortunate to have a distinguished panel of experts on Saturday March 1 for its contribution to the Brighton Science Festival: a discussion about new technology that may provide cheap and renewable energy for the world.
Sean Bell, The Brighton Salon Arena, 1 March 2008

Basic Blue Skies Research in the UK: Are we losing out?
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

The King of 'Climate Porn'
A new book by the UK government’s former chief scientific adviser sheds yet more heat than light on the global warming debate – despite its promises of balance.
Tony Gilland, spiked review of books, 28 February 2008

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