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Keep the Child Credit Tied to Work

Americans want creative policymaking that better supports families, but always with the expectation that families receiving public support are also working to support themselves.

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

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.

Growing Pains

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

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

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.

Selling the Digital Soul

The use and abuse of personal data pose a collective challenge that cannot be solved by individuals.

The Rich Get Richer, Middle Class Shrinks, and Conservatives Must Act

American Compass research director Wells King discusses the state of economic inequality in the United States and how conservatives should respond.

Coin-Flip Capitalism: Q2 2021 Update

A review of hedge fund and private equity performance through the COVID-19 market crash.

Let Them Eat Daycare

Our policy debates center on helping working families, but they routinely fail to capture those families’ preferences for their own lives or for policies that would help them most. Proposals Read more…

The Family Income Supplemental Credit

This paper presents the case for a per-child family benefit that would operate as a form of reciprocal social insurance paid only to working families.

Wells King on The Resistance Library Podcast

American Compass research director Wells King joins Sam Jacobs to discuss labor unions, the free market, and the proper role of government.

The Potpourri Presidency

A decentralized and conflicted administration was uniquely inconsistent in its policy actions.

The Once and Future Republican Orthodoxy

The American Enterprise Institute has just released a new white paper that defends the CARES Act against arguments from the right. Contra deficit hawks and libertarians in Congress, Jay Cost argues that recent deficit-financed economic stimulus falls squarely within the “parameters of Republican orthodoxy on economic conservatism.”

Coin-Flip Capitalism: Q4 2020 Update

A review of the latest developments in private finance and the latest update to the Returns Counter.

Give Workers Power to Boost Productivity, Reduce Inequality

It’s an approach that echoes themes of the recent American Compass statement: a well-functioning system of organized labor should both “render[] much bureaucratic oversight superfluous” and reinforce the benefits of tight labor markets “through economic agency and self-reliance, rather than retreat to dependence on redistribution.”

Left, Right, and Center Discuss Federal Industrial Policies

American Compass’s research director Wells King shares key insights from the “Moving the Chains” policy symposium on the inaugural panel for the Industry Studies Association’s new webinar series.

Workers of the World

Few Americans realize how our system of organized labor is an outlier among Western nations. In some European countries, unions attract a greater share of workers and maintain less adversarial relationships with business. A better understanding of these alternative models can guide American policymakers as they address our labor policy challenges.

The Quest for Community on Labor Day

In its latest public statement, American Compass affirms the enduring importance of organized labor and the need for conservatives to have a stake in its future. It challenges a right-of-center accustomed to dismiss unions to instead reconsider their role in our common life as well as the deeper costs of their absence.

Populism and Picket Fences

Since at least the inauguration, a central question of this presidency has been whether Trump could cease campaigning and learn to govern.

Uber’s New Labor Law: Placation Without Representation

The “gig” may soon be up for Uber. A judge’s ruling that ride-sharing services must treat their drivers as employees has both Uber and Lyft threatening to discontinue service in California, seemingly conceding that their money-losing business model relies not only on the subsidy of endless investor capital but also the legal arbitrage of ignoring the labor laws followed by others.

Corporate Responsibility and 1619

Just as American Compass was releasing the Corporate Actual Responsibility project, the New York Times’s DealBook announced its own corporate-responsibility event.

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