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 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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The Conservative Case for Organized Labor

Sep 08, 2020

NEW YORK MAGAZINE—Eric Levitz interviews American Compass’s Oren Cass about his vision for a pro-worker conservatism.

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New Think Tank Looks to Counter Establishment’s Influence in Policy-Making Circles

Sep 06, 2020

FOX NEWS—American Compass’s Oren Cass joins Steve Hilton to announce a new project on a conservative future for the American labor movement.

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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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The Elite Needs to Give Up Its G.D.P. Fetish

Aug 27, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass suggests that the professional class might learn from the pandemic that “material living standards” do not always translate into “quality of life.”

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To Counter China, Some Republicans are Abandoning Free-Market Orthodoxy

Aug 26, 2020

THE WASHINGTON POST—Jeanne Whalen reports on Republican enthusiasm for industrial policy, citing American Compass’s Moving the Chains report.

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How Trump Has Changed the Republicans

Aug 21, 2020

WALL STREET JOURNAL—The Saturday Essay features American Compass’s efforts to construct a new conservative governing philosophy.

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