Project 2025: Exposing the Far-Right Assault on America

The far right’s new authoritarian playbook could usher in a sweeping array of dangerous policies.

The resolute desk is seen in the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 2017. (Getty/Olivier Douliery-Pool)

The extremist Mandate for Leadership, dubbed “Project 2025: Presidential Transition Project,” is a 900-page document published by the Heritage Foundation and meant to serve as a road map for a far-right presidential administration. While its policy proposals are sweeping and would affect nearly every facet of American life, its overarching goal is clear: to lay out an authoritarian playbook that would destroy the system of checks and balances our forefathers designed when they sought freedom and popular sovereignty almost 250 years ago. In dissolving the American idea, the plan’s extremist policies would give far-right politicians, judges, and corporations more control over Americans’ lives. 

This series will unpack the various components of Project 2025, which touches everything from health care and abortion rights to overtime pay and education. This radical policy agenda would concentrate federal power in the presidency, direct all levers of government to dismantle democracy, and pull the rug out from under America’s middle class.

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Project 2025 Would Exploit Child Labor by Allowing Minors To Work in Dangerous Conditions With Fewer Protections Article
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Project 2025 Would Exploit Child Labor by Allowing Minors To Work in Dangerous Conditions With Fewer Protections

The elimination of protections for young workers, if enacted, would lead more children to work in dangerous workplaces such as factories and slaughterhouses—as well as increase the likelihood of injuries and death—to the benefit of greedy corporations.

Veronica Goodman

Project 2025: Exposing the Far-Right Assault on America Past Event

Project 2025: Exposing the Far-Right Assault on America

Please join the Center for American Progress for an event discussing the implications of Project 2025 for all Americans and the ways in which its policy proposals are already having an impact at the state level.

Project 2025 Would Undo the NLRB’s Progress on Protecting Workers’ Right To Organize Article
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Project 2025 Would Undo the NLRB’s Progress on Protecting Workers’ Right To Organize

Workers are winning a greater percentage of NLRB-overseen union elections than at any point in the past 15 years as Biden administration appointees help protect workers' right to organize—but a conservative policy plan offers a blueprint for eroding the NLRB's ability to protect organizing workers.

Aurelia Glass

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