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Fight for Liberty

Why fight for constitutional democracy?

Democracy is in crisis around the world, besieged by authoritarianism, nationalism, and other illiberal forces. Far-right parties are gaining traction in Europe, Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on Russia and undermines democracy abroad, and America struggles with poisonous threats from the right and left.

But the defenders of democracy are strong too. Taking their cues from the 1788 Federalist Papers, the Renew Democracy Initiative is a collective of pro-democracy advocates from across the political spectrum. This book is our foundational document, a collection of essays that analyze the multi-pronged threats to democracy in the U.S. and abroad, and offer solutions based on fundamental principles such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law.

Fight for Liberty is a roadmap for the struggle against the rising tide of extremism.

Defining Democracy: 
An Overview

Freedom of the press, separation of powers, and the other pillars of our democracy are not just theoretical ideas; they help secure what matters most – a meaningful life in a free society. But too many of us have forgotten these important truths, and we are going to do whatever we can to help folks remember with the Defining Democracy campaign.

We will define different principles that are important to understanding democracy. Each definition will be accompanied by a narrative that illustrates the importance of the principle to our everyday lives.

Our goal here is simple. We want to discuss democracy in a way that is accessible and relatable. We have to do a better job of engaging people in a conversation about why the principles and ideas in the Constitution matter to our lives and why we must protect them against threats both foreign and domestic.

Aaro Berhane

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