This blog is the outgrowth of an email newsletter, creatively titled, “Jared’s Political Newsletter,” which ran from 2002-2006. The newsletter began with an audience of family and friends, yet grew to reach a wider audience. For the first two years, Riding the Third Rail was initially focused on two main threads of interest: Russian/Eastern European politics and history and a general interest in Leftist-Radical politics here in America and abroad. In 2012-3, I decided break up the blog – all Russian/Eastern European content will now appear over at Motherland to Borderlands: Explorations in Russian and Ukrainian History. All radical political discussion will remain on this blog. Enjoy!