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.

Oren Cass Discusses the Future of the GOP

May 21, 2022

BREAKING POINTS—American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses whether DC’s conservative institutions will shift after the 2022 primaries to become more responsive to the GOP base.

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What family policy should look like in post-Roe America

May 13, 2022

DESERET NEWS—American Compass’s Wells King and Brad Wilcox of the Institute for Family Studies and AEI make the case for a conservative embrace of an expanded Child Tax Credit in a post-Roe v. Wade world.

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Cutting China tariffs will offer no respite from rising prices

May 01, 2022

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case against rolling back tariffs on China in response to inflation.

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Can the expanded child tax credit come back from the dead?

Apr 29, 2022

VOX—In a discussion of the potential for a permanent expanded Child Tax Credit, Rachel Cohen highlights American Compass research and Wells King’s analysis of the political environment.

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Is Common Good Capitalism The Answer?

Apr 28, 2022

CAPITALISN’T—American Compass executive director Oren Cass joins Luigi Zingales and Bethany McLean to discuss common good capitalism, China’s relationship with the U.S., Big Labor, and more.

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How the Decline of NASCAR Mirrors the Decline of American Communities

Apr 22, 2022

THE FEDERALIST RADIO HOUR—American Compass’s Wells King joins Emily Jashinsky to discuss his American Conservative cover story on the decline of NASCAR.

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Wells King Laments the Decline and Fall Of NASCAR

Apr 21, 2022

CHICAGO’S MORNING ANSWER—American Compass research director Wells King joins Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson to discuss his essay on the decline of NASCAR.

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The Market’s Border Crisis

Apr 21, 2022

THE AMERICAN MIND—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case that revitalizing the American industrial base requires moving beyond globalization.

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The Decline And Fall Of NASCAR

Apr 20, 2022

THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE—America’s most Southern sport has betrayed its own fan base, writes American Compass’s Wells King in this cover story.

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To Help Children, Democrats Are Going to Have to Reach Across the Aisle

Apr 12, 2022

THE NEW YORK TIMES—The Niskanen Center’s Samuel Hammond discusses the potential for a bipartisan bill to support families with children, highlighting American Compass’s Fisc proposal.

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