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Freedom from Economic Fear

Defending the American economy against an economic-liberty killer: fear.

The Credit Card Industry’s False Lifeline

The credit card industry is gouging small business with swipe fees, claiming it’s doing so to help working-class Americans.

Growing Pains

Rebuilding American industry is worth it—but it won’t be quick, easy, or cheap.

Protecting Children Online Is a Worthwhile Endeavor

In the digital realm as outside of it, the public has a right to insist on regulations where the safety of our kids is at stake.

The Credit Card Competition Act Will Help Support a Stronger, More Competitive Free Market

Congress should take seriously the failures in the credit card industry and consider how public policy could support a stronger and more competitive free market.

Big Tech Is Exploiting Kids Online. Congress Has To Step In

Chris Griswold makes the case for protecting children online through the Kids Online Safety Act

Rebuilding the Supply-Side Platform

Boosting American investment and production when tax cuts will not

Testimony on “Mapping America’s Supply Chains”

Chris Griswold’s testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce, regarding “Mapping America’s Supply Chains”

The Dignity of Workers

In Democracy at Work, labor law professor Ruth Dukes and sociologist Wolfgang Streeck describe how the dehumanizing and demanding conditions of an Amazon “fulfillment center” maximize the isolation of workers and Read more…

Railway Safety Act Presents GOP Choice: Tired Dogma or the Common Good?

The Railway Safety Act of 2023 is a potent signal of a sea-change in how conservatives in Washington are approaching their most basic task: governance for the common good.

Republicans: Our Future Is Not With Free Markets. It’s With the Working Class 

Progressives were surprised, confused, and frustrated by Senator Marco Rubio last week. “I definitely didn’t have Marco Rubio being more pro worker than Joe Biden on my 2022 bingo card,” one tweeted. “UGH, UGH, UGH…When Read more…

Servants No Longer

American Compass policy director Chris Griswold explores the relationship between worker power and the roots of civic friendship.

State Capacity in Short Supply: Assessing the Biden Administration’s Industrial Strategy

American Compass’s Wells King and Chris Griswold evaluate the Biden administration’s approach to industrial strategy and what it shows about the policy failures of the established ruling class.

What Republicans Should Do if They Win Big This Fall

American Compass’s Oren Cass and Chris Griswold describe how a conservative agenda focused on workers and their families could create new avenues for progress in a divided government.

It’s Time to Protect Children from Big Tech

Big Tech’s social media platforms are similarly exploiting children today. And just as policymakers needed to act to protect children then, they must do the same now.

Escaping the Bachelor’s Fad

For noncollege pathways to be viable, policymakers must reduce employers’ needless demand for college degrees.

Protecting Children from Social Media

American Compass policy director explores policy options to protect children online with the same vigor that we protect them in the real world.

The Right Is Starting to Represent Workers Outside of Unions

American Compass policy director Chris Griswold discusses recent pro-labor policy developments on the right-of-center and opportunities for further labor reform.

Washington Is Showing How Much It Really Cares About Blue Collar Families (Not Much)

American Compass policy director Chris Griswold discusses the “blue-collar blueprint” for infrastructure and how DC politicos fail to listen to their actual blue-collar voters.

A Better Bargain: Worker Voice and Representation

This paper proposes two complementary policies that together offer a genuinely better bargain for American workers: formal recognition of “works councils” and a mechanism by which workers could elect representation to their corporation’s board.

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