National Review Online is free; its writers are diverse and are under no obligation to follow any particular party line–and its opinion journalism is very widely read. A great many of the ideas that are expressed on its pages end up as part of our current national debate, and readers can trace the evolution of such arguments–as they are discussed, adapted, modified, or refuted–from their first appearance at NRO. In short, the electronic magazine, through its easy accessibility and high standards, is radically democratic in the best sense — providing almost instantaneous quality reading to millions the world over. Its reason to be is not profit, but the widest dissemination of provocative, hard-hitting, and intellectually responsible ideas into the arena of public opinion. Each morning I find in NRO a welcome sanity in an often-insane world.