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    1. September 29, 2014

      The transatlantic sandwich divide

      When I moved to London a decade ago, I would take a break for lunch and think of Thomas Jefferson. He was a founding father...

    2. August 17, 2014

      US has yet to overcome its tortured racial past

      For a founding father who usually took a sunny view of his nation’s prospects, it was a darkly pessimistic prophesy. In his...

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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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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”,...

    9. 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”,...

    10. 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,...

    11. 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....

    12. 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...

    13. February 10, 2012

      Anything goes

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

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. February 25, 2011

      The Founding Gardeners

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

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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....

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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