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 Academy of Ideas' online review.
Editor: Sarah Boyes
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In drug policy, pragmatism is the only moral approach, Roger Howard & Leo Barasi
What does it mean to be a liberal? An interview with Frank Furedi, Frank Furedi, interviewed by Sarah Boyes
The jury's out: juries and the future of justice, Luke Gittos
Rethinking privacy and trust , Norman Lewis
Rethinking privacy, Sean Bell
Identity politics: undermining democracy?, Munira Mirza
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
Anti-Americanism at home and abroad , Nancy McDermott
An eye for an eye: what is punishment for?, Daniel Lloyd
Cases that rob negligence of its meaning, Jon Holbrook
Surveillance society - protection from ourselves?, Karl Sharro
On Liberty in America, Alan Miller
'Nuff respect? Questioning the respect agenda, Patrick Turner
Risk aversion in the 21st century, Tony Gilland
The rise and rise of human rights – an unalloyed good?, James Gledhill
Empire of Regulation or Lawless World?, Michael Savage
Why is energy a battlefield today?
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John Kampfner, Chief executive, Index on Censorship; former editor, New Statesman