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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Euro zone employment rises to highest level since 2008
Euro zone employment reached a new post-crisis high in the second quarter of the year, a positive sign for future economic growth, but trade unions said the number of people employed across the currency bloc was still far too low.
Francesco Guarascio, Reuters, 13 September 2016

Lionel Shriver is right
Without cultural appropriation, art withers.
Izzy Lyons, Spiked, 13 September 2016

Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad'
This is the full transcript of the keynote speech, Fiction and Identity Politics, that author Lionel Shriver gave at the Brisbane Writers Festival
Lionel Shriver, Guardian, 13 September 2016

Art of the Lie
Politicians have always lied. Does it matter if they leave the truth behind entirely?
Economist, 10 September 2016

As Lionel Shriver made light of identity, I had no choice but to walk out on her
Lionel Shriver’s keynote address at the Brisbane writers festival was a poisoned package wrapped up in arrogance and delivered with condescension
Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Guardian, 10 September 2016

Four stark realities of the global water crisis
Business Connect, September 2016

Could technology hold the key to immortality?
A new movement is asking if uploading our brains to computers could help humans live forever.
Richard Jones, New Statesman, 7 September 2016

Neuroparenting: The Expert Invasion of Family Life
Provides a timely contribution to the growing debate about the significance and implications of neuroparenting
Jan Macvarish, Palgrave MacMillan, 7 September 2016

Has 'trans rights' become homophobia's new idiom?
Terri Murray, ConatusNews, September 2016

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