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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Where were the vetting critics three years ago?
The politicians and children’s charities now questioning vetting regulations are the same people responsible for their creation.
Josie Appleton, spiked, 16 September 2009

Standing Up to Supernanny
Parenthood, we are told, requires a massive adjustment to our lives, emotions, and relationships, and we have to be taught how to deal with that. But can it really be so bad that we need constant counselling and parenting classes? It is a myth that today's parents are hopeless and lazy: in many ways, we have become too diligent, too hopeful of great outcomes and clear rewards, to the point where we lose ourselves in trying to provide some kind of professional service to our children.

Jennie Bristow, Imprint Academic, 16 September 2009

Can Politicians shape our behaviour?
Politicians are looking to social psychology and behavioural economics in order change public behaviour and achieve their policy goals.
Martin Rosenbaum, BBC News, 15 September 2009

Are we all autistic now?
Lumping Mozart and Einstein in with those who have severe socialisation problems is no help to sufferers or science.
Sandy Starr, spiked, 15 September 2009

The promised bland
Reform is badly needed, but people will still be greedy, banks will still need saving and a more stable system will entail less credit flowing through it. Mr Obama is eloquent but too often he does not tell it like it is.
Economist, 15 September 2009

World Development Report 2010
World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change
World Bank, 15 September 2009

Sarkozy attacks focus on economic growth
French president urges more emphasis on quality of life; report criticises 'gross domestic product fetishism'
Lizzy Davies, Guardian, 14 September 2009

If children are taught that patriotism is wrong, Britain's very identity is at stake
Once upon a time, loving your country enough that you were prepared to die for it was held to be the highest virtue.
Melanie Phillips, Daily Mail, 14 September 2009

We have averted second Depression, Obama claims
'History can not be allowed to repeat itself', Obama declares
Tim Reid, The Times, 14 September 2009

State-enforced ‘equality’ is damaging democracy
Yes, the BNP should be free to appear on Question Time, but there’s another, harder argument to be made: it must also be free to exclude non-whites.
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 14 September 2009

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