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

What Makes An Icon? Social Media
What Makes An Icon in 2013? What If Kanye Was Only A Producer? Social Media and the Artist-Fan Relationship, The Moment You Realized You Were A Music Snob
The Music Snobs, LLC, The Music Snobs, LLC, 2038

Officious: Rise of the busybody state
This book analyses the logic of the busybody state, explains its origins, and calls for a popular alliance defending the free realm of civil society.
Josie Appleton, Zero Books, 9 December 2016

China is transforming itself into an ecological powerhouse - we should learn from it
China has transformed the life chances of more people more quickly than anywhere in human history.
Austin Williams, International Business Times, 19 October 2016

We've learned so much from dead white men - trying to remove them from history is madness
Let what is taught be based on the quality of ideas not race, gender or sexuality.
Lindsay Johns, International Business Times, 19 October 2016

‘Post-factual’ politics and the future of journalism
Andrea Seaman, Academy of Ideas, 18 October 2016

Turkey's democracy is currently losing its way
The government must form its own democratic model, balancing religion and secularism.
Mina Toksoz, Newsweek Europe, 18 October 2016

Why Nations Need to Control Their Borders
The EU's policy of free movement is antithetical to a Western democracy.
Jon Holbrook, Newsweek Europe, 17 October 2016

Fresh British veg 'could be wiped out by Brexit'
Gerard Tubb, Sky News, 16 October 2016

Why we all love minorities (and want to be one)
Maarten Boudry, , 11 October 2016

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