With our country at a boiling point due to a polarized presidential election, a once-in-a-century pandemic, and nationwide protests and civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, the divisions in our society have never appeared deeper. Where do we go from here? How can we find a way to truly come together?
Authors Jordan Blashek and Christopher Haugh provide hope in their new book UNION: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground. Two law school friends from opposite sides of the political spectrum, Blashek and Haugh traveled across the country, visiting 44 states and covering 20,000 miles to debate issues that are typically fueled by partisan rancor—from climate change, the environment, and the opioid crisis to criminal justice, law enforcement, faith, and the southern border. Their three-year exploration offers a roadmap to anyone seeking to understand the views that make up our country.
On August 3, Manhattan Institute President Reihan Salam interviewed Blashek and Haugh about their timely new book and what they discovered during their search for common ground across America.
Jordan Blashek is a businessman, military veteran, and attorney from Los Angeles, California. After college, he spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer, serving two combat tours overseas. He holds degrees from Yale Law School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Princeton University. Jordan is based in New York, where he invests in entrepreneurial efforts to grow the American middle class as a part of Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.
Christopher Haugh is a writer from Kensington, California. After graduating with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, he attended Oxford University and did speechwriting as an intern in the Obama White House. He went on to join the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, serving as a speechwriter to the secretary of state. In 2018, Chris graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a Yale Journalism Scholar. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York.