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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Lower British productivity follows directly from relatively lower levels of business investment and of spending on research and development going back many decades.
Phil Mullan, International Business Times, 12 October 2015
Everybody knows we urgently need to build more homes, but how, when and where will this happen? WORLDbytes interviewed Ian Abley, an architect and manager of Audacity at the plotlands in Dunton, Essex where from the 1920s East End working class couples built cheap homes themselves. Could we do this now?
It is all too tempting to blame the young for not having enough 'go' in them, for their self-pity and endless moaning about the housing ladder and tuition fees. As if they really are the most put upon generation there ever was.
Dave Clements, Huffington Post, 28 September 2015
The real victor in the Greek elections was the Troika’s bureaucratic fatalism.
Tim Black, spiked, September 2015
Phil Mullan, spiked, 7 September 2015
Cade Metz, Wired, 24 August 2015
Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace.
Tim Reyes, TechCrunch, 2 August 2015
spiked talks to economist and author Phil Mullan discusses the crisis of productivity in the West
spiked podcast, spiked , 23 July 2015
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
Paul Mason, Guardian, 17 July 2015
Critics of inequality often seem more concerned with social cohesion than poverty.
Daniel Ben-Ami, FundStrategy, 15 July 2015
Abortion: how late is "too late"?
"The Battle of Ideas is a weekend like no other. I found the 2011 festival immensely stimulating. It gave me a great deal to think about, and a whole new list of books to read - from Virgil to Vygotsky. On to greater battles in 2012!"
Ken Macleod, award-winning science fiction writer; author, The Restoration Game and Intrusion