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.

A New Group Pushes the post-Trump GOP to Reject Its ‘Lazy’ Devotion to Tax Cuts

Nov 17, 2020

THE LONG GAME—Jon Ward brings American Compass’s Oren Cass on the podcast to discuss efforts to push the GOP in a truly conservative, post-Trump direction.

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Trump Lost the Race. But Republicans Know It’s Still His Party.

Nov 09, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—Jeremy Peters highlights American Compass as a leader in building a post-Trump conservative movement by bringing together Capitol Hill staff and policy experts to debate the successes and failures of the past four years.

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The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump

Oct 23, 2020

THE NEW YORKER—In The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann discusses the ideological future of both parties, highlighting American Compass as a leader in the movement to bring back a genuinely conservative approach to economics.

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When Market Economists Fail

Oct 12, 2020

CLAREMONT REVIEW OF BOOKS—American Compass’s Oren Cass critiques public choice theory as applied in defense of a libertarian agenda.

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America Needs a Conservative Labor Movement

Sep 17, 2020

WALL STREET JOURNAL—American Compass’s Oren Cass argues that a strong, reformed labor movement has unique potential to advance conservative priorities.

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A Free Market Manifesto That Changed the World, Reconsidered

Sep 11, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass joins a wide range of economists and business leaders to discuss Milton Friedman’s essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits,” on its 50th anniversary.

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Republican Party Battles Over its Post-Trumpian Soul

Sep 03, 2020

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass spotlights the ideological contest between libertarian Republicans and post-Trump conservatives for the future identity of the American political right.

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Tracing The Path Of The Modern GOP, From Reagan To Trump

Aug 28, 2020

NPR: ON POINT—The Wall Street Journal‘s Gerald Seib and American Compass’s Oren Cass discuss future paths for the GOP.

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