We need to understand the people and places in America that are hurting, fighting, angry, overlooked, and misunderstood.

We need to understand the social forces that drove the election of an autocratic conman.

We need to locate the cracks in our democracy. And we need to learn how to fix them.

That demands a better, broader understanding of what politics is in the first place. It demands examining what’s going on beneath the surface—behind the labels and teams.

Politics is not a game reserved for elected officials and professional political staffers. In fact, you’re already engaged in it even when you’re not thinking about it.

Politics touches every part of our lives. It affects the food we eat, the water we drink; it builds the towns and cities we love, it serves—or hurts—the people we know, and the people we don’t.

This is a new time for America.

We live in the longest-surviving democracy in the world, and we are now fighting just to keep it alive.

It’s time to make sure this democracy not only survives, but that it reflects a set of values worth protecting—like honesty, integrity, character, justice, truth.

About Ron Steslow

Ron has spent nearly two decades at the highest levels of national and high-stakes politics. He left the Republican Party in 2016 and turned his attention to fighting anti-democratic forces and figures.

In 2019, Ron co-founded The Lincoln Project and led its renowned marketing operation to defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

In 2020, Ron was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in Government and Politics. He has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Axios, Politico, New York Magazine, The Advocate, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and many more.

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