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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Will the Labour party split?
Will the Labour Party split? Possibly, although by no means certainly. If there is to be a split, which of three feasible fissures would be followed?
Brian Taylor, BBC News, 22 August 2016

Class Dismissed: Identity Politics to the Front of the Line
Alan Nasser, CounterPunch, 8 August 2016

The Permanence of Black Lives Matter
A new policy platform from a coalition of activists signals a new stage in the protest movement.
Vann R. Newkirk II, The Atlantic, 3 August 2016

Divided Northern Ireland Faces Brexit Hangover
Marc Champion, Bloomberg, 19 July 2016

Obama says Black Lives Matter. But he doesn't ensure they do
Patrisse Cullors, Guardian, 16 July 2016

Britain’s identity politics
London is an island. Over there, in Little England, each community knows its place and wants others to know theirs
Salil Tripathi, Mint, 14 July 2016

Obama has failed victims of racism and police brutality
The president and his cheerleaders refused to engage deeply with systemic problems facing our country. That came back to haunt America last week
Cornel West, Guardian, 14 July 2016

Brexit vote paves way for federal union to save UK, says all-party group
Proposed constitutional reform would give each nation and region of the UK full sovereignty over its own affairs
A protester wraps an EU flag around himself during an anti-Brexit march near the Houses of Parliament in London. A protester wr, Guardian, 10 July 2016

Donald Trump Can’t Make America Great Again Because That Requires Greatness
Donald Trump has hit upon our rage but can’t he remedy it, because he embodies the corruption his supporters despise.
James Poulos, Federalist, 1 July 2016

How to heal a country divided by Brexit
We have to step out of our echo chambers and listen, even if we don’t like what we hear
Sally Newall, Indepenent, 30 June 2016


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