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I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance

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Americans don’t deserve to be divided or ignored by political elites. We the people can still make this country work.

Why do so many individuals feel such animosity toward fellow citizens, neighbors, even their own kin? Because we’ve fallen for the false narrative, eagerly promoted by pundits on the left and the right, that citizens who happen to vote Democrat or Republican must be enthusiastic supporters of Team Blue or Team Red. Aside from a minority of party activists and partisans, however, most voters are simply trying to choose what they view as the lesser of two evils.

The real threat to our country isn’t Red vs. Blue America. It’s the quiet collusion within our nation’s political class to take away that most American of freedoms: our right to self-governance.

Even as partisans work overtime to divide Americans against one another, they’ve erected a system under which everyday citizens don’t have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives. From foreign wars to how local libraries are run, authority no longer resides with We the People, but amongst unaccountable officials. The political class has stolen our birthright and set us at one another’s throats.

I, Citizen is the story of how that happened and what we can do about it. America stands at a precipice, but there’s still time to reclaim authority over our lives and communities.

Where to get your copy of I, Citizen

Book Details:

Publisher: Encounter Books
Original Release Date: December 7, 2021
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
ISBN: 9781641772105

How to Share I, Citizen

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  • Order a copy for a colleague, relative, or friend. For a limited time, we are offering an exclusive discount code for SPN’s Network. Sign up to receive your discount code.
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Meet the Author

Tony Woodlief is a political science expert and executive vice president at State Policy Network, an organization that has a long history of building state-based groups and leaders. SPN believes states and communities, not Washington, DC, can better solve the problems that matter most to American families. That’s why SPN advances state-based solutions to public policy issues.

In I, Citizen, Tony conducted extensive research on American public opinion to find out what Americans believe and uncover the source of their political animosities.

Tony is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Wichita State University. He currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and six children.

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Media Highlights

Reclaiming American Self-Governance
C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

How Americans Can Reclaim Self-Governance
The Michael Berry Show

State Bans on Critical Race Theory Won’t Work
The Wall Street Journal

Independent voters are alive and well – and angrier than ever
New York Post

All Politicians are Unpopular – So Strip Away Their Power

The Rise of the Interloping Radicals
Spectator World

I, Citizen Videos

Tony Woodlief on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

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