Janan Ganesh is a biweekly columnist and associate editor for the FT. He writes on American politics for the FT and culture for FT Weekend. He was previously political correspondent for The Economist for five years.
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Plans for new cities include temperature-controlled pavements and self-sorting refuse chutes — but can too much order be a bad thing?
Relative decline and domestic exhaustion create an opening for realpolitik
Why the dining scene remains local, even in an otherwise globalised world
Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice would be seen as a coup
Could large numbers of tourists to mid-sized cities such as Venice and Prague be slowing their growth?
Although 2008 has been designated Year Zero, US politics owes more to much older events
Where Brits prefer city breaks, Americans seem to equate the outdoors with nothing less than their national ideal: freedom
Despite so many scandals, the court of public opinion is the one that really matters
The Nobel laureate leaves behind one of the greatest bodies of English prose — but how will history handle his politics?
Trump’s conduct in office has sapped the belief that race could be transcended
In ‘Who is America?’, Sacha Baron Cohen sought to expose malevolence in the US; instead he uncovered courteousness
The president still participates in the world — just not in the way his critics want
The decline of movie houses is a loss not just for the cinema but for the richness of urban life
The party can retrench or learn to helm, not dismantle, an interventionist state
Sport is relief from politics, and my obsession has intensified as the real world has turned foul
Do not mistake the administration’s organisational chaos for ideological incoherence
The worst — and best — thing about the industry is that it reduces humans to numbers
American voters are with him on many subjects, but they are not anti-western
It is not the accent at all, it’s the cadence — specifically, that Brits don’t engage in ‘upspeak’
It is misleading to draw comparisons with the state of European centre-left parties
The sharing economy assumes that corporate impersonality is a bad thing — but there are psychic benefits to hotel life
Supreme Court rulings on deregulation tend to pass without much fuss or attention
The gradual retreat of Franzen is more than a personal event. It is the retreat of a certain way of looking at the world
A consensus has settled that the US can prosper despite its parlous public finances
Equivocal in its beliefs, benign in its natural setting: Europe is the global aberration