How the rich influence American politics

A new book reveals how the very wealthy are shaping US society more than is commonly realised

With Ebola, a little panic is healthy

The conditions of managing this crisis are coming to resemble those at Chernobyl

Perry and the fallibility of US justice

It would be wrong for charges against the Texas governor to be allowed through the courts

Plouffe to retell Uber’s tale of red tape

Former Obama adviser is just the person to explain the taxi-calling app’s ‘free-market’ approach

Trouble with trolls is they may be right

Uncivil rantings are not as uninformed as one might assume

Tawdry trade tarnishes German justice

The Ecclestone case illustrates that power is migrating away from votes and towards money

Paris Bordone's 'Two Women, A Cupid & A Soldier'
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OkCupid’s test was a poisoned arrow

A website’s faults do not absolve it from dealing fairly with users

Young man balancing over a rope between to rocks, Oberstdorf, Bavaria, Germany

A summer with your head in the clouds

The dividing line between beach and mountain people seems to involve their need for company

Border trouble adds to Obama’s woes

People do not want sweeping immigration reform. They want less immigration

The limitations of democracy

Elected rulers use heavy-handed authority to prevent being toppled by swings in opinion

Executive powers show Obama’s weakness

The president will be blamed for problem arising from leniency at the border

Dangers in demands for the right to die

Assertions the patient ‘wouldn’t have wanted to suffer’ offer doctors too much leeway

Amazon’s phone is about credit, not calls

People seem to resign themselves to innovations they considered dubious at the outset

Republicans reconnect with angry voters

The defenestration of Cantor sends a message to the cosy world of party bigwigs and donors

The French are singing to a foreign tune

All the world’s languages are anglicising and pidginising, but particularly French

Fighting talk as American might shrinks

Obama is seeking to scale back US global responsibilities without signalling a retreat

The Republicans need more than money

The taming of the Tea Party leaves the GOP short on the ideological message the voters like

Google has to be censored

Search engines do not just modify, they eliminate a certain kind of privacy

No one trusts Washington on the climate

In the age of the Iraq war and Obamacare, the government is hardly a trustworthy body

NBA drama about money not morals

It will be hard to discipline Sterling without ramifications for other basketball personalities


Christopher Caldwell Christopher Caldwell writes a weekly column on politics, culture and international affairs for the Financial Times.

He is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a contributing writer for the New York Times magazine. He is the author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied English literature

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