But a funny thing happened on the way to the techno-revolution. We did not get a sustained return to rapid economic progress. Instead it was more of a one-time spurt which sputtered out about a decade ago

Remember Douglas Adams’s 1979 novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life(...)

Jeb Bush’s  foreign policy team is led by people who were directly involved in concocting a false case for war. Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Surprise! It turns out there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make a run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, w(...)

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington yesterday. Ms Warren says Wall Street recklessness caused the 2008 financial crisis Photograph: Bloomberg

Last year the vampires of finance bought themselves a Congress. I know it’s not nice to call them that, but I have my reasons which I’ll explain in a (...)

A mural dedicated to Freddie Gray in the Sandtown area of Baltimore where   he was arrested. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Every time you’re tempted to say that America is moving forward on race – that prejudice is no longer as important as it used to be – along comes an a(...)

Obamacare is working better than even its supporters expected – but its enemies say that the good news proves nothing, because nobody predicted anything different

Imagine yourself as a regular commentator on public affairs – maybe a paid pundit, maybe a supposed expert in some area, maybe just an opinionated bil(...)

Protesters in an anti-austerity rally in Athens. Immense sacrifices were supposed to produce recovery but instead the destruction of purchasing power deepened the slump, creating depression-level suffering and a huge humanitarian crisis. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/ Getty Images

‘Don’t you think they want us to fail?” That’s the question I kept hearing during a brief but intense visit to Athens. My answer was that there is no (...)

Hillary Clinton. Where will she come out on trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyse the candidate, endless a(...)

“Personality-based political analysis is always a dubious venture - in my experience, pundits are terrible judges of character.” Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody’s surprise. And you know what’s coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyse the candidate, endles(...)

Voters judge economic policy not by long-term results but by recent growth. Over five years, the British coalition’s record looks terrible, but over the past couple of quarters it looks pretty good – and that’s what matters politically. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Britain’s economic performance since the financial crisis struck has been startlingly bad. A tentative recovery began in 2009 but stalled in 2010. Alt(...)

The only people hurt by health reform are Americans with very high incomes, who have seen their taxes go up, and a  small number of people who have seen their premiums rise because they’re young, healthy and affluent

There’s a lot of fuzzy maths in American politics, but Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, recently set (...)