To restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity —

REORIENTING POLITICAL FOCUS from growth for its own sake to widely shared economic development that sustains vital social institutions.

SETTING A COURSE for a country in which families can achieve self-sufficiency, contribute productively to their communities, and prepare the next generation for the same.

HELPING POLICYMAKERS NAVIGATE the limitations that markets and government each face in promoting the general welfare and the nation’s security.

AFFILIATION. Providing opportunities for people who share its mission to build relationships, collaborate, and communicate their views to the broader political community.

DELIBERATION. Supporting research and discussion that advances understanding of economic and social conditions and tradeoffs through study of history, analysis of data, elaboration of theory, and development of policy proposals.

ENGAGEMENT. Initiating and facilitating public debate to challenge existing orthodoxy, confront the best arguments of its defenders, and force scrutiny of unexamined assumptions and unconsidered consequences.

AMERICAN COMPASS strives to embody the principles and practices of a healthy democratic polity, combining intellectual combat with personal civility.

We welcome converts to our vision and value disagreement amongst our members.

We work toward a version of American politics that remains inevitably partisan and contentious but operates from a common commitment to reinforcing the foundations of a healthy society.

Our Politics Needs a Pro-Family Policy Agenda

Sep 21, 2022

NATIONAL REVIEW—American Compass research director Wells King joins a statement in support of building a truly pro-family policy agenda.

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The successful policy that progressives love to hate

Sep 15, 2022

CNN—American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses a recent report analyzing the effects of welfare reform on child poverty, and how progressives fail to understand the importance of work in designing social safety net programs.

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After Student-Debt Relief, America Must Move Beyond ‘College for All’

Sep 12, 2022

NEWSWEEK—American Compass research director Wells King argues for building real alternatives to the “college-for-all” education pipeline in the wake of Biden’s misguided student loan forgiveness.

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Why is the Republican Party falling out of love with big business?

Sep 09, 2022

THE ECONOMIST—American Compass’s Oren Cass joins the Checks and Balances podcast to discuss the conservative approach toward big business and shifting orthodoxies in right-of-center economic philosophy.

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Servants No Longer

Sep 08, 2022

COMMENT—American Compass policy director Chris Griswold explores the relationship between worker power and the roots of civic friendship.

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Republicans have great ideas. It’s time to start talking about them

Aug 31, 2022

CNN—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case for a GOP focus on substantive policy ideas, prioritizing efforts that benefit working families.

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Rethinking Conservative Economics With Oren Cass

Aug 30, 2022

NEWSWEEK—Oren Cass joins Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer to discuss the Right’s shifting approach to political economy and President Biden’s disastrous student loan forgiveness initiative.

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Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness is Wrong. Here’s How to Handle College Debt Instead.

Aug 24, 2022

POLITICO MAGAZINE—America has turned higher ed into a lavishly expensive sacred cow, and now we’re all footing the bill. Let’s make college debt boring again, argues Oren Cass.

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State Capacity in Short Supply: Assessing the Biden Administration’s Industrial Strategy

Aug 23, 2022

AMERICAN AFFAIRS—American Compass’s Wells King and Chris Griswold evaluate the Biden administration’s approach to industrial strategy and what it shows about the policy failures of the established ruling class.

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What Republicans Should Do if They Win Big This Fall

Aug 18, 2022

THE NEW YORK TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass and Chris Griswold describe how a conservative agenda focused on workers and their families could create new avenues for progress in a divided government.

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