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

Norwegians now can change genders legally with a mouse click
Mark Lewis, Associated Press, September 2016

Swedish scientist edits genomes of healthy human embryos
Anneesa Amjad, BioNews, September 2016

Experts warn home gene editing kits pose risk to society
Ian Sample, Guardian, September 2016

The Myth of the Millennial as Cultural Rebel
We have two popular historians to blame for our profound misunderstanding of young people’s lifestyle choices.
Laura Marsh, New Republic, 30 August 2016

How ‘Open Borders’ Became An Illiberal Cry
Frank Furedi, spiked, 29 August 2016

This Mathematician Says Big Data Is Causing a ‘Silent Financial Crisis’
Algorithms that we use daily actually thwart equality, says Cathy O'Neil
Time, 29 August 2016

Owen Smith's Vow To End Homelessness Branded 'Insulting'
Owen Smith's radical plan to end homelessness in five years is part of his campaign to oust Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.
Tom Parmenter, Sky News, 28 August 2016

The UK’s new breed of digital challenger banks: Atom, Monzo, Starling and Tandem - Ranked
With licensing restrictions coming down and the fintech startup scene in London booming, a new breed of digital-first, mobile-only banks are starting to get traction in the UK, but who will come out on top: Atom, Monzo, Tandem or Starling.
Scott Carey, tech world, 26 August 2016

The war on 'dead white dudes'
The 'decolonise the curriculum' campaign is a threat to universalism.
Joanna Williams, Spiked, 25 August 2016

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