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.

America’s Microchip Slip

Apr 16, 2021

NATIONAL REVIEW—American Compass’s Oren Cass and Richard Oyeniran explore the decline of America’s semiconductor industry and how the U.S. can retake the lead in the great semiconductor race.

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Republicans Unveil Policies to Match ‘Working-Class Party’ Claim

Apr 12, 2021

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL—Gerald F. Seib highlights American Compass’s Family Income Supplemental Credit plan as an example of recent “new-wave conservative proposals designed to help working-class families.”

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How Wall Street Took Over Our Economy

Apr 08, 2021

DAILY CALLER—Varun Hukeri features American Compass’s We’re Just Speculating Here… research on financialization and falling U.S. investment.

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Amazon union election wakes up Washington, even some Republicans

Apr 08, 2021

THE WASHINGTON POST—American Compass executive director Oren Cass is featured in a Power Up discussion of the Amazon union drive and conservative support for labor organizing.

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Oren Cass Reveals Truth Behind Wall Street’s Claim That They Add Value To US Economy

Apr 02, 2021

RISING—Executive director Oren Cass joins Saagar Enjeti and Krystal Ball to discuss the declining rate of nationwide investments.

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Wall Street’s fixation on quick profits wreaking havoc in the ‘real’ economy, report says

Apr 02, 2021

THE WASHINGTON POST—Christopher Ingraham features We’re Just Speculating Here…, writing that U.S. businesses are prioritizing shareholder profits over long-term investments, and the economy’s worse off for it.

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Wall Street Trading Tax Gets Conservative Group’s Unlikely Tout

Mar 25, 2021

BLOOMBERG—Daniel Avis highlights American Compass’s We’re Just Speculating Here… collection and proposals to reign in the growth of “non-investment” in the U.S. economy.

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The US needs to rediscover the meaning of investment

Mar 25, 2021

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case that fortunes are made in financial markets without benefiting the real economy.

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The Amazon Union Drive and the Changing Politics of Labor

Mar 25, 2021

THE NEW YORKER—In a discussion of the changing politics of organized labor, Benjamin Wallace-Wells cites American Compass’s work on the issue and its promise on the right-of-center.

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Put Working Families at the Front of the Line for Help

Mar 02, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass argues that a policy that sustains people in joblessness is not ultimately anti-poverty.

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