Business and state are best kept apart

Adventurism can be excellent in a start-up but is a menace in a democratic republic

A push for Bush is risky for Republicans

Donors who believe that nostalgia for the Bush era is widespread are nuts

Right in principle but wrong in practice

Lifting the cap on funding will tighten the hold of political donors on US politicians


Baseball ban has gone beyond fair play

Time’s passage has made the lifetime banishment of Pete Rose look arbitrary and pitiless

The internet, controlled by the powerful

An organisation that is being regulated by everybody might as well be regulated by nobody

Comedy could cost Obama dear

The president’s performance was not as clever as Justin Bieber’s on ‘Between Two Ferns’

War on obesity is an assault on liberty

Tolerance for regulation is growing even though we know little about its effectiveness

Voters harden against free trade

Nafta boosted economic activity but many of its specific promises proved false

Obama’s apology is a sign of voters’ cares

The president is no philistine. Nor is he so politically maladroit as to snub supporters

Fictional prophecy of French decline

Nicolas Baverez’s book reflects a deep unease about his country’s prospects

Judgment of Putin is hasty and harsh

Those who criticise him on Sochi focus on a short list of causes beloved of western elites

Obama replaces Congress with plutocrats

The president enjoys the support of the elites – and tools more powerful than executive orders

The risks of knowing customers too well

Amazon’s venture into ‘anticipatory shipping’ is pushing the concept of service too far

A great book needs no introduction

Today’s authors waste readers’ time with the clutter of ‘front matter’

France should not treat opinions as crime

Even those who find Dieudonné’s views vile may be reluctant to enforce the laws against them

A cruise’s costs for the climate campaign

The rescue of passengers from a Russian ship is a setback for those who warn of global warming

Why the west is not boycotting Sochi

What the public cares about is not politics, but seeing its nation’s athletes compete

Boycotting Israel is about the boycotters

A ‘global movement for social justice’ now exists and links activists over the internet

The Volcker rule is a gift to banks

Only an obsessive could develop the mastery to enforce or evade this law

Detroit is a liability for the Democrats

The motor city is threatening to cause a pile-up in American politics


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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