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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Kevin McCullagh, Battle in Print, 16 October 2014
A Battle in Print essay. Bríd Hehir argues that the campaign against FGM in the UK is built on dubious statistics and prejudices about Africans. Rather than the current focus on bans and coercion, she argues a more nuanced approach is more likely to reduce the prevalence of FGM and would cause less harm.
Bríd Hehir, Battle in Print, 14 October 2014
The Tory papers seem to want their own human rights abolished. The leftist ones cheer when journalists are arrested. Does their civil war matter more to them than their civil liberties?
Nick Cohen, Spectator, 11 October 2014
Anti-terror laws are being used to suck in sensitive data without the traditional protections. It’s journalists now. It could be you next
Fraser Nelson, Spectator, 11 October 2014
The crisis of confidence at Tesco signals a remarkable fall from grace given that it wasn’t so long ago that Britons were spending one pound in every seven in its stores.
Dave Watson, The Conversation, 10 October 2014
With so many people playing video games, it's no wonder that psychologists, policy makers and businesses have taken an interest in the idea of rewarding people for doing well
Martyn Perks, Independent, 10 October 2014
To transform society, we need cheap, abundant power. Let's get on with it.
Rob Lyons, spiked, 9 October 2014
With the approach of the US Congressional elections, questions about the health of America's political institutions and the future of its global leadership have become rampant
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Azernews, 8 October 2014
Nick Clegg has announced suicidal patients will be given the same priority as heart attack victims as part of an effort to increase resources for those with mental health problems.
Huffington Post, 8 October 2014
Research involving pharmaceutical company input is notoriously compromised. While not all industry ties lead to biased research, and not all biases are a consequence of industry ties, many studies show industry influence can make drugs look safer and more effective than they really are. So where can doctors and indeed the public turn to for reliable information?
Adam Dunn, Florence Bourgeois , The Conversation, 7 October 2014
"I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet."
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting