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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The (Real) Power of Making, Paul Reeves
Putting trusting big business in context, Para Mullan
Are we all cooperative now?, Rob Killick
Towards a more profitable discussion about production, Angus Kennedy
Capitalism, the financial crisis, and us, Dolan Cummings
The ‘Regeneration Games’, London, 2012, James Woudhuysen
Africa - exploitation, exploitation, exploitation, Stuart Simpson
Ethical shopping, Kate Soper
Will ethical shopping save the world?, George Hoare
Damned by Debt Relief, Ceri Dingle and Steve Daley
Money is not the root of all evil, Patrick Hayes
The Happiness Trap: promoting well-being or lowering horizons?, Lotte Meteyard
The Battle for Affluence, Stuart Simpson
Scared of the Kids - Gun or Knife?
"Of all the political and cultural festivals, none beats the Battle of Ideas for its eclecticism and willingness to invite controversial and absorbing debate."
John Kampfner, Chief executive, Index on Censorship; former editor, New Statesman