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When It’s Not about Ukraine

Service members of the Ukrainian armed forces at combat positions near the line of separation from Russian-backed rebels near Horlivka in Donetsk Region, Ukraine, January 8, 2022. (Andriy Dubchak/Reuters) Denying Russia a sphere of influence or defending the ‘liberal world order’ — are those real concerns for Americans? NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H ave you noticed that the advocates of arming Ukraine or further involving the United States and other NATO countries in defending Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity rarely ever talk about Ukraine itself? We’re told that we can’t allow Russia to have a sphere of influence. What does that mean? Is that something we can decide? Let’s go through some of the basic questions about Ukraine. Doesn’t Ukraine have a border with Russia? Yes, they have over 1,200 miles of land border. Don’t a significant number of Ukrainians speak the Russian language? Yes, nearly all of them, in fact, though the people who … To Read the Full Story Something to Consider If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content on the site including the digital magazine and archives, no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more premium content like this, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Become a Member

Trump without Trumpism

Former President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during the “Save America Rally” in Sarasota, Fla., July 3, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Reuters) All that's left of Trumpism are Trump’s grievances and aspirations. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n a recent podcast with Conan O’Brien, the comedian Zach Galifianakis said America’s obsession with celebrity culture was a “mental illness” that explained why we ended up with Donald Trump, a celebrity president. Given how tired and ineffective Joe Biden looks right now as president, my guess is that Republicans will be awfully tempted if Trump presents himself for election in 2024. He’s still more relatable than all other elected Republicans, funnier, and freer to say what he thinks. The problem for Trump is that he’s now all about Trump. He’s lost the political substance of his first campaign and is … To Read the Full Story Something to Consider If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content on the site including the digital magazine and archives, no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more premium content like this, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Become a Member

The Price of Technocracy

Dr. Anthony Fauci answers questions during a Senate hearing on the federal response to Covid-19 and new emerging variants on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 11, 2022. (Shawn Thew/Pool via Reuters) When politicians outsource public-health decision-making to bureaucrats like Anthony Fauci, undirected anger is an inevitable result. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F or those watching the melodrama of Senate hearings these days, the big update is that Dr. Anthony Fauci is now playing the role of victim. And, in a way, I did (slightly) sympathize with him, but not because of anything Senator Rand Paul said or did. At a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Fauci, the head of NIAID, accused Senator Paul of endangering his life. “You keep coming back to personal attacks on me that have absolutely no relevance to reality,” Fauci said. He charged Paul with “distorting everything about” him and noted, “I have threats upon my life, harassment of my … To Read the Full Story Something to Consider If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content on the site including the digital magazine and archives, no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more premium content like this, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Become a Member

No to Vaccine Passports

Carabinieri officers check passengers’ Covid-19 green passes and documents inside a bus in Rome, Italy, December 6, 2021. (Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) The war on mitigating risk is endless, and it will cost us our liberties, our way of life, and our souls. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE V accine passports, which have been introduced or promised in over half the American states, are a backdoor attempt to give digital control over the most intimate details of our lives to government minders. And they need to be opposed by everyone who can think two steps ahead — whether they be conservatives, liberals, progressives, Mugwumps, or Shaysites still hiding out in the hills of western Massachusetts. The first reason to do so is that we simply have no idea what a vaccine passport means in practice — nor even what the vaccine will be in the end. Will it be three … To Read the Full Story Something to Consider If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content on the site including the digital magazine and archives, no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more premium content like this, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Become a Member

The Covid Truths Come Out

Sign outside a business in Times Square in New York City, December 15, 2021. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) As we enter another year of the pandemic, once-taboo notions are now becoming mainstream. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s the Omicron wave of Covid-19 washed over the American Northeast and started to spread nationwide, familiar public-health officials and commentators suddenly started to say things that were previously unsayable. And CDC guidance started changing rapidly. Things such as “your masks are useless.” And “the hospitalization figures for Covid in children are overcounted.” And “we need to stop focusing on cases and start focusing on hospitalizations.” And even that public-health regulations had to retreat to the point at which they would be tolerated by the public. It’s important to note that none of these insights became true with the onset of Omicron, … To Read the Full Story

Biden Fails the Christmas Test

President Joe Biden speaks about the country’s fight against the coronavirus at the White House in Washington, D.C., December 21, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) The White House had a head start on the task of getting Covid tests ready for the holidays, and failed miserably anyway. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A t a press conference yesterday about the huge surge of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, President Joe Biden once again stuttered and looked weak, tried to excoriate the purveyors of misinformation and shame the unvaccinated — and he also tried to empathize and reassure. “I know you’re tired, and I know you’re frustrated. We all want this to be over. But we’re still in it,” Biden said. “We also have more tools than we had before. We’re ready.” Except we’re not ready and don’t have the tools. And it’s his fault. More than ten months in, the Biden administration has been unwilling … To Read the Full Story Something to Consider If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content on the site including the digital magazine and archives, no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. If you enjoyed this article and want to see more premium content like this, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Become a Member

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