American democracy hangs in the balance

Our democracy hangs in the balance, and as a result, I believe that the 2024 presidential election is the most consequential in America’s history. That is why the mission of The Warning with Steve Schmidt is to help listeners orient to the currents that are shaping our times and the unseen forces driving politics that are rarely discussed on cable news. Because of the significance of the 2024 election — and in response to The Warning community members’ constant requests for me to make all of my content available for free as a public service — I have made the decision to do this with my daily newsletter, which can be found at While I am very grateful for every person who subscribes to The Warning, I can only sustain this endeavor through premium subscriptions. The fact is that approximately 95 per cent of current podcast subscribers are free ones. My podcast is entirely listener-funded, and wouldn’t be possible without the support of premium subscribers. If you value this podcast, I’m hopeful that you’ll consider becoming one. Buckle up for the 2024 election cycle. It’s going to be quite the ride. Thanks for your support. Steve
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There is a very significant, “exhausted majority” of Americans looking to move past this rotten moment in American life. They have lost trust and faith in government, business, media and not-for-profit institutions at a moment of technological, cultural and economic upheaval. Fascism did not rise in the 1930s because it was strong, but rather, because democracy was weak. The cycle is repeating itself with a new extremism rising in 2020s America. On the podcast – consistent with the mission of The Warning newsletter offered on Substack and The Warning YouTube channel – I will be joined by interesting guests – some familiar, and some you may never have heard of – to discuss the political and cultural currents that are shaping our times, as well as the unseen forces driving politics that are rarely discussed on cable news. It's important for you to hear from a diverse range of voices – not just me – about the issues facing America today.

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