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

What Makes An Icon? Social Media
What Makes An Icon in 2013? What If Kanye Was Only A Producer? Social Media and the Artist-Fan Relationship, The Moment You Realized You Were A Music Snob
The Music Snobs, LLC, The Music Snobs, LLC, 2038

Officious: Rise of the busybody state
This book analyses the logic of the busybody state, explains its origins, and calls for a popular alliance defending the free realm of civil society.
Josie Appleton, Zero Books, 9 December 2016

Daniel Hannan: My one worry about Brexit- if we mess things up, we could harm relations with Ireland
Daniel Hannan is an MEP for South-East England, and a journalist, author and broadcaster.
Conservative Home, 29 September 2016

Russia's Head of Church calls for a 'ban' on abortion and assisted reproduction
Patriarch Kirill signed a pro-life petition, also calling for the end of "abortive" contraceptives.
Damien Sharkov, Newsweek, 28 September 2016

Eurozone risks collapse into prosperous north and stagnant south, warns Varoufakis
Germany could force Greece or Portugal out of the eurozone, releasing “demonic forces” and splitting the European Union apart, according to Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.
Tim Wallace, Telegraph, 27 September 2016

The Brexit economy: post-referendum data defies gloomy UK predictions
Guardian analysis of key economic figures gives rounded assessment three months after the vote
Katie Allen, Guardian, 22 September 2016

Brexit Britain: What has actually happened so far?
The UK may have voted on 23 June to leave the European Union but it is not yet clear what the country's path to Brexit will actually mean.
BBC News, 22 September 2016

Brexit: UK economy faces uncertain future after shock referendum result, say two independent reports
Expert forecasts come in midst of political party conference season - in which country’s fortunes outside the EU are the central theme.
Joe Watts, Independent, 21 September 2016


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