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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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
There is another Supreme Court candidate who would electrify the president’s base
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