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

Sun, sea and working-class hedonism
It is a fear of adulthood, not the spectre of neoliberalism, that is keeping today's youth bombed out of their minds.
Neil Davenport, spiked, 17 October 2013

Democracy Has Bad Taste
In the first of four lectures, recorded in front of an audience at Tate Modern in London, the artist Grayson Perry reflects on the idea of quality and examines who and what defines what we see and value as art.
Grayson Perry, BBC Radio 4, 15 October 2013

For the Public Benefit: Why Everyone Should Back the Royal Charter on Press Self-Regulation
The Charter settlement offers a historic opportunity to put behind us widespread misconduct of the kinds identified in the Leveson Report and so to rebuild trust between the press and the public. It does this without in any way reducing the freedom of the press to carry out journalism that is in the public interest.
Brian Cathcart, International Forum for Responsible Media blog, 15 October 2013

Chinese Whispers: Why Everything You've Heard About China is Wrong
We have been getting China and the Chinese wrong for centuries. From the Enlightenment philosophes, enraptured by what they imagined to be a kingdom of reason, to the Victorians who derided the 'flowery empire', outsiders have long projected their own dreams and nightmares onto this vast country.

Ben Chu, Wiedenfeld & Nicholson, 10 October 2013

As Obama's Asia 'pivot' falters, China steps into the gap
When then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared two years ago "We are back to stay" as a power in Asia, the most dramatic symbol of the policy shift was the planned deployment of 2,500 U.S. Marines in northern Australia, primed to respond to any regional conflict.
Stuart Grudgings, Reuters, 6 October 2013

Dazed and Confucius: Nine common myths about China
Everything we think we know is wrong: the various China whispers that have warped how we view the country and its people
Ben Chu, Independent, 5 October 2013

The Evolution of Language
The term "opera," derived, or rather abbreviated, from the words opera in musica (works in music —i.e., a musical work), is only a convenient title that has found favor by its brevity and through lack of a better.
Dr. John R. Skoyles, , 2013

A State Of Agreement
Stephen Willats,, 2013

Teaching Machines
From the experimental study of learning come devices which arrange optimal conditions for self-instruction
B. F. Skinner, J-Stor, 2013

What's The Word?

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