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  1. October 25, 2013

    A revolution in thinking

    How many revolutions in history have been “successful”? How many have delivered lasting and stable political change? These...

  2. July 10, 2013

    BP as bad at capping payouts as oil wells

    Not since Barings financed the Louisiana Purchase on behalf of Thomas Jefferson in 1803 has a UK enterprise had so much...

  1. June 11, 2013

    The tyranny of the minority in the age of technology

    All British politicians are aware that, on election night in 2001, a promising political career came to an abrupt end. The...

  2. January 18, 2013

    Squaring the circle

    The Villa Capra “La Rotonda”, near Vicenza, is probably the most influential house ever built. Its portico, its dome, its...

  3. October 8, 2012

    More luck than judgment

    I am a great believer in luck,” wrote Thomas Jefferson, “and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Most...

  4. June 22, 2012

    Profile: College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business

    A visitor to Williamsburg in Virginia, home of the College of William and Mary, may be taken aback to spot the British...

  5. May 18, 2012

    American pastoral

    Named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III, Charlottesville is perhaps best known as the home of...

  6. May 1, 2012

    Reconsidering vitality of right to bear arms

    From Mr Dennis Oveis. Sir, I’m somewhat amused that while William Shivell (“Right to bear arms is a vital US liberty”,...

  7. April 27, 2012

    Right to bear arms is a vital US liberty

    From Mr William Shivell. Sir, How relieving it must be for David Gowans (“America paying price of wild west mentality”,...

  8. March 30, 2012

    Open season

    Oh, to be in England now that April’s there,” wrote the expatriate poet Robert Browning in Home Thoughts, from Abroad. And,...

  9. MBA blog

    February 24, 2012

    Time is of the essence

    I came across the following quotation the other day by the American author H Jackson Brown Jr that really resonated with me....

  10. February 17, 2012

    Feelings of forgiveness

    A blinding, but also blindingly unoriginal, flash of insight came to me the other day. What if half, or more, of the world’s...

  11. February 10, 2012

    Anything goes

    The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, by Brad S Gregory, Harvard University Press,...

  12. January 21, 2012

    Don’t count Mitt’s wealth against him

    From Mr Les Gapay. Sir, Regarding the articles about Mitt Romney’s wealth: I am a Democrat and am poor, living on Social...

  13. December 16, 2011

    Essayist willing to go outside ideological comfort zone

    Christopher Hitchens defined areas of debate and conflict – on the intervention in Iraq, on religion, on the nature of US...

  14. September 16, 2011

    Virginia’s climbers

    Rutger de Vink is a young man blessed with a memorable name, and considerable funds at his disposal. So far so typical of...

  15. August 21, 2011

    Patent problems

    When Thomas Jefferson served as the head of his country’s first ­patent board, the US and England stood alone in conferring...

  16. FT Alphaville

    August 19, 2011

    The life of Bryan, or what did monetary policy ever do for us?

    To understand why Rick Perry this week picked a fight with Ben Bernanke and why media pariah Ron Paul continues to attract a...

  17. August 10, 2011

    Europe needs its own Hamilton

    From Mr Aidan O’Sullivan. Sir, To pay for the American Revolution, the United States and individual states borrowed vast...

  18. May 4, 2011

    Britain was right to sell off its pile of gold

    The continued run of the gold price is a global investment sensation. Recently it broke the $1,500 an ounce barrier for the...

  19. February 25, 2011

    The Founding Gardeners

    The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation Created an American Eden, by Andrea Wulf, William Heinemann,...

  20. December 29, 2010

    Literary tips for those who govern in prose

    One of the most surprising revelations of George W. Bush’s recently published memoirs – the only one according to some...

  21. October 29, 2010

    Man in the News: John Boehner

    Shortly before exhausted Democrats pushed for a final healthcare vote in March, John Boehner, the Republican leader in the...

  22. October 21, 2010

    Tea Party runs risk of losing steam

    George Washington is often quoted as having told Thomas Jefferson that the point of the US Senate was to make tea drinkable....

  23. August 15, 2010

    Obama’s brave remarks reveal a true patriot

    Has Barack Obama just committed political suicide? By appearing to endorse the building of a mosque and Islamic cultural...

  24. July 26, 2010

    Economists dispute effect of US stimulus

    Thomas Jefferson, no fan of deficit spending, has a clearer view of the US fiscal stimulus than any living politician. From...

  25. June 4, 2010

    Scientists start their search for undersea pollution

    A US government research ship headed into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday to look for evidence of deep-sea contamination from...

  26. June 3, 2010

    Scientists start undersea pollution review

    A US government research ship headed into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday to look for evidence of deep-sea contamination from...

  27. June 1, 2010

    Greed no more ennobling than power

    From Prof Mark Blyth. Sir, I read with interest Prof Theo Vermaelen’s letter (May 27) that recommends the political class...

  28. May 17, 2010

    Hat tip for long-winded card carriers

    From Mr James M. Allen.Sir, Lucy Kellaway’s reply to the Dear Lucy question “Does the job title ‘Business Fixer’ hide my...

  29. December 18, 2009

    Mr Jefferson and the Giant Moose

    Mr Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America By Lee Alan Dugatkin Chicago University Press $26, 184...

  30. April 21, 2009

    Tinkering with European reform

    Brussels blog (Tony Barber): There can be few more terrifying sentences in contemporary English than: "The Treaty of Lisbon...

  31. Brussels Blog

    April 20, 2009

    The EU, the US founding fathers and the "last word"

    There can be few more terrifying sentences in contemporary English than: “The Treaty of Lisbon is not the last word.” The...

  32. FT Alphaville

    January 22, 2009

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, Opinion: Nationalisation is not a panacea John Gapper writes: If...

  33. January 21, 2009

    Why we need strong commercial banks

    Thomas Jefferson once said: “Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” While these...

  34. January 19, 2009

    The Invention of Air

    The Invention of Air: A story of science, faith, revolution and the birth of America By Steven Johnson Riverhead Books...

  35. January 19, 2009

    A tragedy of errors

    In his farewell address last week, George W. Bush, America's 43rd president, quoted America's third, Thomas Jefferson, who...

  36. January 18, 2009

    A tragedy of errors

    Long haul? From top, anticlockwise: George W. Bush boarding Air Force One; inauguration in January 2001; with Tony Blair at...

  37. January 17, 2009

    The original American optimist

    Joseph Priestley was an awkward, provocative man who so angered a royalist mob in Birmingham in 1791 that it burned down...

  38. January 10, 2009

    America

    America: Empire of Liberty By David Reynolds Allen Lane £30, 584 pages FT Bookshop price: £24 In a foretaste of what would...

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