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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Liberty & Law

From drugs to banks to the web, the battle over regulation will continue
Deregulation gives people an excuse to dispense with thinking about anyone other than themselves. That's the last thing we need
Deborah Orr, Guardian Comment is free, 31 August 2012

The prince and the public interest
The Sun newspaper's publication of nude photographs of Prince Harry has reinvigotated the hue-and-cry about the antics of the British tabloids, but amid the complaints, the issue of what news is actually for is the buried lede.
Jason Walsh, presseurop, 29 August 2012

Alcohol, crime, and the government fiddling the figures
The government is, once again, taking us for fools. Using the usual misinformation, it's trying to tell us what to drink and how to live our lives
David Atherton, The Commentator, 30 July 2012

Riot City: protest and rebellion in the capital

Since 2000, London has seen unprecedented levels of unrest. Its streets have become the battleground for a host of new demands and new ideological standpoints; its occupants, protesters and authority alike, have had to invent new tactics to cope with the pressure of street politics and advances in social media.

Clive Bloom, Palgrave Macmillan, 26 July 2012

Hiring hotties
When can an employer prefer the attractive over the homely?Economist, 21 July 2012

The smoking ban shows the best way to deal with addiction
It's key to understand that some addicts have a deep emotional connection to smoking
Laurie Penny, Independent, 1 July 2012

Behind the music: Changing copyright laws won't solve everything
Vince Cable claims changing copyright laws could bring an £8bn boost to the British economy. But even when the changes make sense, it's hard to imagine them generating so much money
Helienne Lindvall, Guardian, 19 June 2012

Britain's 'last witch': Campaign to pardon Helen Duncan
Campaigners looking to clear the name of Britain's last convicted witch may apply for a judicial review.BBC News, 15 June 2012

A Laboratory for the Advancement of Women
The heated political debate continues in Germany over whether or not the country needs a gender quota at the highest levels of the private sector. Norway introduced such measures years ago -- and they have been extremely effective. What are the secrets of the country's success?
Anna Reimann, Der Spiegel, 29 May 2012

Drugs - Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs

Prof Nutt puts the case for an evidence-based scientific approach to drugs. In straightforward languages for the lay person, he explains what drugs are, how they affect the body and the mind, and why people take them and get addicted to them. He shows how we can quantify the overall harms of a drug, addressing issues from direct danger of death, through to environmental, financial and family factors, to obtain a true indication of the overall effect of a drug.

David Nutt, UIT Cambridge, May 2012

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