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.

Biden’s Daycare Plan Is Bad for Families

May 04, 2021

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL—In an op-ed criticizing President Biden’s day care plan, J.D. Vance and Jenet Erickson highlight the findings of American Compass’s Home Building Survey.

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Give Power to the Parents!

Apr 29, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES—In a column on how best to approach family benefits, David Brooks cites the findings of the American Compass Home Building Survey.

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Biden’s free daycare plan isn’t what Americans really want

Apr 29, 2021

THE WEEK—Bonnie Kristian features the American Compass Home Building Survey in a discussion of why President Biden’s free day care plan isn’t what American families actually want.

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Has the Financial Sector Become a Drag on the Real Economy?

Apr 28, 2021

PAIRAGRAPH—American Compass’s Oren Cass, in dialogue with Oaktree Capital’s Howard Marks, discusses the negative effects of the growth of the U.S. financial sector.

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The Rich Get Richer, Middle Class Shrinks, And Conservatives Must Act

Apr 21, 2021

DAILY CALLER—American Compass research director Wells King discusses the state of economic inequality in the United States and how conservatives should respond.

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What American Workers Really Want Instead of a Union at Amazon

Apr 20, 2021

POLITICO—American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses the failed unionization drive at Amazon’s Bessemer, AL, warehouse and what it says about what kind of support and representation workers actually want.

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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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