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Surprising Consensus on the Productivity Problem

A new AEI paper reaches the same conclusion as American Compass: Rising inequality for American workers is a problem.

It’s Conservatives That Should Be Storming the Ivory Tower

Universities depend on taxpayer money to survive, and they are wasting those funds

How Republicans learnt to love bigger government

The era of “the era of big government is over” may itself now be over, writes Oren Cass in the Financial Times.

Constructing Conservatism in the Secular Age

Oren Cass, executive director of American Compass, delivers the 2024 First Things Lecture in Washington, D.C. His lecture is entitled “Constructing Conservatism in the Secular Age.”

Out of Time on Outbound

If Republicans are serious about confronting China, they need to sideline members who aren’t

Among US Conservatives, the Dial Is Finally Shifting on Welfare

But older anti-government institutions still need to realise that the mistakes of the 1960s are not being repeated

The Persistence of Market Fundamentalism

The sacred texts don’t say what their keepers claim they do.

Passing a Test on Family Policy

This is a pivotal moment for the conservative movement, which has finally woken up to the reality that decades of WSJ-style economic policy have been a disaster for working families and thus a disaster for America.

Putting the Money Where the Working Families Are

If conservatives want to lead on family policy, they have to be willing to fight for it

The Elite Misunderstands American Globalisation Grievances

New research bears little resemblance to assumptions about how the US population feels about China and the economy

Free Trade’s Origin Myth

American elites accepted the economic theory of “comparative advantage” mainly because it justified their geopolitical agenda.

Founder’s Letter: A Healthy Dose of Populism

We are winning only because our logic is inescapable and the quality of our work undeniable.

China Challenge Is Too Much for Republican Market Fundamentalism

Defeat on outward-bound investment legislation shows significant change in the party

Republicans Are Misremembering Their Record of ‘Fiscal Discipline’

If conservatism is to regain its footing, the New Right will need better solutions than what Trump has offered. But a return to what came before him is no solution at all.

The Curse of Voodoo Economics

Conservatives should favor limited government, not reflexive tax cuts

Why Trump Is Right About Tariffs

Taxing imported goods is unpopular with economists, but it could help the U.S. lower the trade deficit, strengthen its industrial base and safeguard national security.

Rebuilding U.S. Industry via Green Transition Makes No Sense

The US needs an industrial finance authority with a long-term commitment to drive both public and private capital, writes Oren Cass.

Halting Investment in China

Oren Cass discusses why America must disentangle from China to protect its market from subversion by the CCP.

US Republicans Could Finally Win the Argument on Immigration

Political conditions in the US are ripe for rare progress on immigration, writes Oren Cass in the Financial Times.

Power Failure

Oren Cass reviews Sohrab Ahmari’s new book, Tyranny, Inc., in First Things.

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