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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Lifestyle & Society

Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech? by Mick Hume – review
Should we be allowed to say anything? What about hate speech? Do complaints about verbal cruelty patronise and insult? Yes, but …
Galen Strawson, Guardian, 28 August 2015

Mindfulness: Lobotomisation by proxy
This latest therapeutic fad encourages us to retreat from life.
Patrick West, spiked, 21 August 2015

The biggest threat to comedy to self censorship
Tom Slater, spiked, 21 August 2015

Anti-smoking zealots are censoring reality
Barry Curtis, spiked, 20 August 2015

Stop blaming the baby boomers. Some are trying to save the world
It’s hard to marry the concept of boomer selfishness with the activism of these ‘grey-haired’ protesters fighting on behalf of their grandchildren
Van Badham, Guardian, 13 August 2015

Lenny Bruce: the Dapper Laughs of his day
Tom Slater, spiked, August 2015

How the 'SlutWalk' Has Transformed the Rape Culture Conversation
It started with two college students who were sick of people victim-blaming rape victims.
Kaitlynn Mendes, AlterNet, 12 August 2015

Why Alice is still wonderful
Lewis Carroll knew the secret to children's stories – never moralise.
James Woudhuysen, spiked, 24 July 2015

Generationally divided we fall
A review of Jennie Bristow's Baby Boomers and Generational Conflict
Tim Black, spiked, 24 July 2015

Football and big money: the root of all entertainment
Shingi Mararike, spiked, 17 July 2015

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