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It's Not Exactly Trump's Republican Party

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Is it Donald Trump's Republican Party? You can make the case it is, as partisan Democrats do, from the victories of various candidates endorsed by the former president in Republican primaries. But it's not an airtight case, and Trump's batting average is inflated by the dozens of endorsements he has made of incumbents with no significant primary...Read more

Progressives' Version of 'Democracy': 2 Plus 2 Equals 5

From the Right / Michael Barone /

They may or may not have been playing the song "The World Turned Upside Down" when Lord Charles Cornwallis's troops surrendered to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown in 1781, but there's good reason to sing it now.

Progressives tell us that it is a violation of "democracy" to allow state legislators and governors elected by voters to decide how...Read more

Redistricting Proved To Be Much Ado About Not Very Much

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The congressional redistricting wars are mostly over. Much of the hoopla surrounding it is proving overheated.

Before looking at this cycle's results, a primer on the subject is in order.

The first and most important point is that the requirement that districts have equal populations seriously limits the effects of partisan redistricting. That...Read more

People Are Fleeing the Self-Harm Progressives Inflicted on Their Own Cities

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In recent weeks, I've noted how, as COVID-19 mask mandates fall by the wayside, the nation has been moving away from what now seems excessive risk aversion. And I've described the National Bureau of Economic Research paper assessing how the costs of the lockdowns have exceeded the benefits.

As one might expect, the damage has not been ...Read more

The Yankee Reform Impulse Gets Some Issues Right, Some Wrong

From the Right / Michael Barone /

People talk about culture war politics as if it were a recent development -- a novelty, an exception to a historic rule that American politics is mostly about economics (who gets how much) and only occasionally gets sidetracked into culture (what people should or shouldn't be allowed to do).

In my view, that gets things backwards. Culture war ...Read more

The Verdict on Lockdowns: High Cost, Minimal Benefits

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What were the benefits and costs of the COVID-19 restrictions implemented over the last two years? It's a good time to ask that question, especially now that the masks are coming off and the lockdowns are canceled.

One useful scorecard comes from the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research, in the form of a paper by three market-...Read more

Turning a Corner, Away from Excessive Risk Aversion

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It feels like we're turning a corner.

Since the beginning of the calendar year, a lot of things have changed. More importantly, a lot of minds have changed as well. The world and the nation don't look like they used to, and don't seem likely to again any time soon.

Consider the masks. On New Year's Day, 30% of people in 11 states and the ...Read more

Another Party Hack President

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"The language people speak in the corridors of power is not economics or politics. It is history." So says former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, quoted in a column on Ukraine by historian Niall Ferguson.

Thus Democratic insiders and sympathetic journalists liked to describe President Joe Biden as another Franklin Roosevelt, even though ...Read more

Ukraine Suggests Dangers of the Eurasian Heartland Axis

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"Who rules the Heartland rules the World Island. Who rules the World Island commands the world." So wrote the geography professor and occasional member of Parliament Halford Mackinder in his 1919 book "Democratic Ideals and Reality."

Mackinder's Heartland was vaguely defined to include the Eurasian landmass from central Europe eastward across ...Read more

Ukraine Shows We Live in a Nationalist World

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It turns out that we live in a nationalist world. That's one of the lessons people are learning from the surprise early results of the Russo-Ukrainian war.

This is certainly not a welcome development for Davos Man -- for the leaders of great international agencies, financial institutions and corporations that gather in Switzerland in January or...Read more

Volodymyr Zelensky Transforms Germany -- and Europe

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It's been a week since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and Kyiv, and even Kharkiv, 20 miles from the Russian border, remain under Ukrainian control. Contrary to many predictions, Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces have fallen short of their goals so far, but there can be no certainty about the outcome in Ukraine -- or Russia.

What is ...Read more

Ukraine's Fate Is Rooted in a Tragic History

From the Right / Michael Barone /

For those trying to keep up with the fast-moving events in Ukraine, it may be helpful to consider some lessons of history. Mistakes made in the past week, added onto developments covering the last two or three centuries, have left the United States and its European allies -- in particular the largest of them, Germany -- unable to prevent ...Read more



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