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

Unleashing business investment will revive Britain's zombie economy
Lower British productivity follows directly from relatively lower levels of business investment and of spending on research and development going back many decades.
Phil Mullan, International Business Times, 12 October 2015

How to get a house
Everybody knows we urgently need to build more homes, but how, when and where will this happen? WORLDbytes interviewed Ian Abley, an architect and manager of Audacity at the plotlands in Dunton, Essex where from the 1920s East End working class couples built cheap homes themselves. Could we do this now?

Don't Blame It on the Baby Boomers
It is all too tempting to blame the young for not having enough 'go' in them, for their self-pity and endless moaning about the housing ladder and tuition fees. As if they really are the most put upon generation there ever was.
Dave Clements, Huffington Post, 28 September 2015

Tina comes to Greece
The real victor in the Greek elections was the Troika’s bureaucratic fatalism.
Tim Black, spiked, September 2015

Forget Corbynomics. We need a new industrial revolution
Phil Mullan, spiked, 7 September 2015

Startups Rocket To The Front Of The Space Race
Capitalizing on the falling cost of launch services and the miniaturization of satellites, a new breed of startups are gearing up for the space race under the moniker of NewSpace.
Tim Reyes, TechCrunch, 2 August 2015

We need a new industrial revolution
spiked talks to economist and author Phil Mullan discusses the crisis of productivity in the West
spiked podcast, spiked , 23 July 2015

The end of capitalism has begun
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
Paul Mason, Guardian, 17 July 2015

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