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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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Disappointment is the natural order of life. Most people achieve less than they would like
They can contain anger at the market system by making pragmatic concessions to it
Those unmoved by athletic greatness are guilty of an aesthetic lapse
There is a danger of overrating the influence of the media on recent political shocks
Money and security matter, but don’t discount the human need to create
Can a party fluent in the argot of identity politics build a stronger welfare state?
Even when an audacious project such as the A380 fails, it can still trigger success stories of other kinds
Donald Trump is the third president in a row to focus on the world’s largest continent
For all the east coast’s glories, here is a landscape with no equivalent in Europe
The ‘snake-eating’ general on Trump, war movies — and the Rolling Stone interview that got him fired
For all the talk of leftist ideas and policies, the party faithful really want to win
What the shapeshifting ‘Vice’ actor teaches us about getting ahead
The US does not have the resources to direct the destinies of faraway nations
An epiphany of my thirties — I don’t have to lose my friends with children
If their livelihoods are compromised, expect voters to look for an escape
Art can’t necessarily save lives, but cultural philanthropy is more urgently needed than ever before
The absence of an international rival has been a disaster for domestic politics
Murray could be less of a sensory feast to watch than his rivals — but his value was in substance, not style
This faultline feels less fraught than rifts over race, gender and sexuality
From Voltaire to Houellebecq — art’s pessimists will always find a captive audience
The neuroscientist talks about combating insomnia, going up against Big Pharma — and why night owls shouldn’t feel guilty
The furore over the border wall distracts from the president’s effectiveness elsewhere
The experiences of the children of immigrants are well documented in literature — but what about those who migrated themselves?
The imminent selection of specific opponents will be to his advantage
We think of offbeat enclaves as a thing of the past. But bohemia isn’t gone, it’s just permeated the whole of city life