When it comes to American political revolutions, few of us have lived through one as resonant and all encompassing as Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. In a bleak two-party landscape that failed to activate the vast majority of young voters this year, millions of Americans from a variety of disparate backgrounds found a champion in an unlikely candidate: a 75-year-old Jewish socialist from Vermont.

Sanders lost the primary, though, and the nation is staring down the barrel of a Trump or Clinton presidency. Still, the movement Sanders catalyzed continues on through his millions of young supporters and a handful of campaign staffers who are staying engaged in the political process. For some, doing so has meant finding common ground with Sanders’ former opponent Hillary Clinton. Others are organizing around Sanders’ core issues and creating organizations and initiatives that will advance his platform.

However, if the Sanders revolution is to live on beyond this election year, those who carry the torch will have to reckon with the complexities and pressures of modern American politics; namely how to operate in our political process without joining “the establishment.”