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The People of the Book

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 12:04 Author: Martin Thomas

Books have been a great factor in human culture. The Qur’an says: “Do not argue with the People of the Book except only by the best manner, except the unjust among them. Tell them, ‘We believe in what is revealed to us and to you. Our Lord and your Lord is one. We have submitted ourselves to His will’.”

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Books that can win

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 11:47 Author: Colin Foster

The author Alan Sillitoe described how, as a national serviceman aged 19 in 1955, he was got to read Robert Tressell’s The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by an eager colleague saying: “This is the book which won the 1945 election for Labour”.

The Tories, in 1945, tried to counter by mass-distributing a book of their own, Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.

The political shift of 1945 was shaped by books, and conversations around books, not by tweets or memes. If we want a similar big shift today, we need similarly heavy ammunition.

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A decline of reading

Submitted by martin on 30 January, 2018 - 11:51 Author: Martin Thomas
Hours spent reading

Between 2000 and 2009, on average across OECD countries the percentage of children who reported reading for enjoyment daily dropped by five percentage points.

Reading drops to its lowest point in the 16-24 age group, and recovers a bit at later ages. Other surveys have found similar results. And Britain is among the worst-hit, possibly because of the wider use of smartphones in this country.

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The Google memo and real bias

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 11:35 Author: Les Hearn
Google offices

James Damore, the recently (and perhaps unjustly) fired Google employee, criticised in an online memo(1) what he sees as the “left bias” of Google which has created a “politically correct monoculture” which “shames dissenters into silence.”

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Healy's WRP: the inside story

Submitted by Matthew on 29 June, 2012 - 12:20 Author: Richard Price

The Workers Revolutionary Party was the largest group on the revolutionary left until the mid-1970s, and a sizeable force until it collapsed in 1985. Here, Richard Price, a former member of the WRP, reviews Come The Revolution: A Memoir, by Alex Mitchell. Mitchell was the editor of the WRP paper from the early 1970s until 1985. He quit politics without explanation in 1986, returned to his native Australia, and made a career in mainstream journalism. Now Mitchell has written an autobiography.

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