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.

Private Equity, Hedge Funds Get Unlikely Foe in GOP Think Tank

May 20, 2020

BLOOMBERG—American Compass’s first special project, “Coin-Flip Capitalism,” was featured by Bloomberg Politics, challenging established economic views on the right.

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This New Think Tank Wants to Reform Conservatism. Republicans Ignore it at Their Peril.

May 05, 2020

THE WASHINGTON POST—Columnist Henry Olsen describes American Compass as a “tool with which future conservative leaders can guide the American ship of state.”

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A Compass for Navigating the Right’s New Debates

May 05, 2020

NATIONAL REVIEW—AEI’s Yuval Levin reflects on the role of American Compass in strengthening the debate on the role of the state on the right.

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Coronavirus Exposes a G.O.P. Divide: Is the Market Always Supreme?

May 05, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—The NYT features American Compass as a new organization with plans to foster debates on economic issues dividing the right, accentuated by the present national crisis.

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Seven Questions For Oren Cass On The New Conservatism

May 04, 2020

THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE—TAC’s Jordan Bloom interviews Oren Cass about the launch of American Compass and the future of American conservatism.

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Conservatism in the Crisis

Apr 30, 2020

THE ECONOMIST—With delightful British spelling, The Economist reports on American Compass: “an impressive organisation” of the “dissident faction … led by some of the most interesting conservative thinkers” that rejects “market fundamentalism.”

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