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

Eugenomics: Eugenics and Ethics in the 21st Century
With a shift from genetics to genomics, the study of organisms in terms of their full DNA sequences, the resurgence of eugenics has taken on a new form.
Julie M. Aultman, Genomics, Society and Policy Journal, 18 January 2038

Are Parents To Blame For Raising Bullies?
Amanda Scherker, Huffington Post, 11 June 2023

The Future Of Driving, In One Provocative Chart
In the future, only rich people will own cars and only robots will drive them.
Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post, 4 August 2015

Geek culture has gone too far
Comic books, superhero movies, video games and other forms of popular culture have gotten self-referential to the point of tedium. Prime examples: the movie “Pixels” and the book “Armada.”
Todd Martens , The Seattle Times, 4 August 2015

Women and Islamic Militancy
Rafia Zakaria, Dissent Magazine, 1 August 2015

Kangaroo Courts on Campus: A Legal Travesty
Hearing sexual-assault claims in campus courts is a terrible idea.
Luke Gittos, Spiked, 30 July 2015

The ethics of ‘gifted’ genes: the road to Gattaca?
Julian Savulescu , The Conversation, 29 July 2015

What is 'Islamic State'?
So-called Islamic State burst on to the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. It has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings.
BBC News, 29 July 2015

How can you be sure someone wants to have sex with you?
Apps, workshops and affirmative consent laws are being used to teach students the ‘yes means yes’ rule – that only clear, verbal agreement will do. Is there a crisis in consent?
Nosheen Iqbal, Guardian, 27 July 2015

NHS pay must match private sector to stop hospital staff leaving, says health chief
Simon Stevens said it is a 'fact of life' that salaries must stay competitive
Simon Stevens, Independent, 21 July 2015

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Forced marriage to faith schools: the politics of multiculturalism

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