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

Every cook can govern.
A study of democracy in Ancient Greece, its meaning today
C. L. R. James, Correspondence, 18 January 2038

Who's Afraid of the Easter Rising? 1916-2016 The Easter Rising lit a fire that ended with the whole country turning against Westminster's rule, and founding a nation. But today, the heirs to the Irish state are embarrassed about 1916.

James Heartfield & Kevin Rooney, Zero Books, November 2015

Promoting Fundamental British Values,
Deparment for Education,, 1 November 2015

The privatisation of public space
This report looks at the growing private ownership and management of the public realm and argues that a quiet revolution in landownership, replicating Victorian patterns, is just beginning.
Anna Minton, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

How to get a house
Everybody knows we urgently need to build more homes, but how, when and where will this happen? WORLDbytes interviewed Ian Abley, an architect and manager of Audacity at the plotlands in Dunton, Essex where from the 1920s East End working class couples built cheap homes themselves. Could we do this now?

Popping up everywhere
Amid a great migration online, a few e-retailers open real-world outposts.
The Economist, 3 October 2015

Why conservative values are needed in our schools now more than ever
Katharine Birbalsingh, Conservative Teachers, 29 September 2015

Don't Blame It on the Baby Boomers
It is all too tempting to blame the young for not having enough 'go' in them, for their self-pity and endless moaning about the housing ladder and tuition fees. As if they really are the most put upon generation there ever was.
Dave Clements, Huffington Post, 28 September 2015

Data 'crucial' to eradicating poverty
The UN’s sustainable development goals can’t be achieved unless more funding goes to data and statistics, says new report.
Sarah Shearman, Guardian, 28 September 2015

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Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast

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