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.

Cash and Kids: Momentum on Child Tax Credit Policy and Other Ideas to Increase Family Income

Jul 28, 2021

EVENT—American Compass research director Wells King joins an American Academy of Political and Social Science panel to discuss the Child Tax Credit and how best to support working families.

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The new trustbusters

Jul 22, 2021

WASHINGTON EXAMINER—In a discussion of the new antitrust movement, Zaid Jilani highlights American Compass executive director Oren Cass’s perspective on the conservative approach to corporate power.

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Are You Better Off Than You Were Forty Years Ago?

Jul 19, 2021

MODERN AGE—American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses economic shifts over the past 40 years and why economists and policymakers need to embrace a more holistic view of what it means to be “better off.”

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Growing Pains

Jun 11, 2021

FIRST THINGS—American Compass research director Wells King reviews two books on the de-growth movement.

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How Technology Has Changed Our Jobs, Our Privacy, And Our Brains

Jun 11, 2021

DAILY CALLER—American Compass research director Wells King discusses the wide-ranging effects of the digital revolution in an adaptation of Lost in the Super Market: Navigating the Digital Age.

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Curtailing big tech requires much more than breaking it up

Jun 01, 2021

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case for disaggregating the Big Tech debate and giving greater focus to the digital age’s novel challenges.

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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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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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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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