Battles in Print & Culture Wars

Battles in Print are specially-commissioned essays that explore topics being discussed at the Battle of Ideas, serving as introductions to the debate and encouraging further reflection. Battles in Print take a variety of forms, from short provocation essays to longer think pieces and interviews, and are available both online and in print at the festival itself. They are complemented by themed book reviews on Culture Wars, the Institute of Ideas' online review.

Editor: Sarah Boyes

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Liberty & Law

What does it mean to be a liberal? An interview with Frank Furedi, Frank Furedi, interviewed by Sarah Boyes

Rethinking privacy, Sean Bell

How heretic-hunting breeds totalitarianism, Arthur Versluis interviewed by Amol Rajan

Out of the shadows: why we need an amnesty for immigrants, Austen Ivereigh and Raymond Perrier

On Liberty in America, Alan Miller

Festival Buzz

'The Panic About Obesity'

"As ever, the Battle of Ideas is full of stimulating and lively argument. It's fun to be able to clash robustly in a good-humoured atmosphere."
Martin Wright, Editor in chief, Green Futures