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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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Britons are quick to celebrate the national sense of humour — but is making a joke of everything really a trait to be celebrated?
Both the judicial and legislative branches are placing a check on the president
The debacle over Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg exposes that, despite what the rest of the world thinks, Europe still has a long way to go
Bush’s memorial also marks the passing of the war generation’s suspicion of populism
For millennials, sex, drugs and alcohol are increasingly unpopular. Are they finding their dopamine hits online instead?
The supposed epitome of jingoism is less likely to accord special virtue to the US
Most museums open only during working hours, and our cities are suffering for it
The Democratic party is riven by faultlines of gender, policy and age
US suburbia is a fine achievement, or at least finer than its portrayals in national culture allow
Divergent interests and global roles rather than Trump will lead them to grow apart
FT Washington writers analyse US midterm results and fresh challenges
Football has all the characteristics of invincibility — but will it really last forever?
Activists want pressure on Trump, but new voters might quail at two years of process
The recent adaptation of ‘London Fields’ was a failure because the screen can’t match the page as a portal into other humans
The Pittsburgh synagogue attack highlights the dangers of highly polarised debate
Somewhere between the boom years and the Great Recession was a time that we’ll look back on with nostalgia
The president’s behaviour implies he is negotiable on much, and at affordable cost
One small step for emotional reticence . . .
The once-hated healthcare reform is now an asset for Democrats in the midterms
‘I find nothing about the country harder to explain than the quest for extra-American identities’
The left must learn from the Republican majority leader’s tactical successes
As Anthony Kennedy goes from the court, something of value goes with him
When the expectation of continuous improvement in life is dashed, well, look around you for the fallout
What does America stand for in a world where most countries have adopted its ideals?
Globalisation has been the era of small countries but that time may now be passing