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

The future of transport
Kevin McCullagh, Battle in Print, 16 October 2014

The Emperor's New Clothes? The dangers of the anti-FGM campaign
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

Our suicidal newspapers are throwing press freedom away
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

Every 73 seconds, police use snooping powers to access our personal records. Who'll rein them in?
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

Should we feel sorry for Tesco? The human cost of cheap food
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

Gamification is taking over our lives, and it all came from video games
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

We need to generate an energy revolution
To transform society, we need cheap, abundant power. Let's get on with it.
Rob Lyons, spiked, 9 October 2014

America’s overrated decline
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 Anounces NHS To Put Mental Health Issues On Same Footing As Cancer
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

What kind of research can we trust?
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

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