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The Deliberalizing Imperative

The New Right, which stands for nothing if not resuscitating a long-moribund communitarian- and nationalism-inspired strand of conservative thought, is not per se “illiberal.”

Calling on the Wrong Profession: Time to Listen Less to Economists

As hard as it is to believe, there was a time – before the New Deal – when economists were largely treated like any other interest group, occasionally saying something interesting, but usually ignored by policymakers.

Breaking the Spell

Executive director Oren Cass looks back on the history of welfare reform and explains why fighting poverty requires more than just sending money to the poor.

A Consolidationist Agenda for the Right

Any political movement or political party worth its salt, when confronted with data evincing the sordid state of the American family, ought to respond by substantively prioritizing the American family’s institutional rejuvenation.

The Once and Future Right

Executive Director Oren Cass joins The Dispatch Podcast to discuss the mission of American Compass, the future of conservatism, and family policy.

Oren Cass on Balancing Conservative Principles With Working-Class Priorities

Executive Director Oren Cass joins The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss how conservatives can reconcile their principles with the priorities of the working class.

Washington’s Most Influential People

American Compass executive director Oren Cass is included on the 2021 list of 250 most influential public policy experts and advocates.

The Persistent Thief With Oren Cass

American Compass executive director Oren Cass joins Consumers’ Research to discuss how underestimating inflation is depriving consumers of the American Dream.

Oren Cass Urges Conservatives to Shed Free-Market ‘Orthodoxy’

Peter Coy highlights American Compass executive director Oren Cass’s piece in Foreign Affairs on the path forward for post-Trump conservatism.

A New Conservatism: Freeing the Right From Free-Market Orthodoxy

In this feature essay for Foreign Affairs, American Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses a path forward for conservatism that is no longer bound by free-market orthodoxy.

Can There Ever Be a Working-Class Republican Party?

Christopher Caldwell highlights American Compass’s Oren Cass in a discussion of working-class conservatism and the future of the GOP.

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.

Germany Returns to its Galbraithian Roots; Will the U.S. do the same?

Count Germany as the latest country to abandon the market fundamentalism that has characterized economic policymaking in the West for the past 40 years.

The Collapse of the Smithian Well-Ordered Society (And What to Do About It)

The great moral philosopher Adam Smith is often considered the founding father of the discipline of economics. Like many of today’s economists, his goals include both understanding how and why markets function as they do and making vivid the many potential advantages of markets over alternative ways of organizing economic life.

A Tale of Two Conservatisms

Being called a “socialist” by George Will in the Washington Post was already a professional highlight. So I was thrilled for the opportunity to talk with him about the future of conservatism. Clearly, we would have a lot to discuss.

Ambulance
The Pandemic Necessitates a New Approach to Health Care

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an existential conundrum to the structure and principle of employer-based health care and its various supporters and dependents. The loss of a job often cuts off access to health care, adding greater weight to the challenges of dealing with this public health crisis.

The Real Science Denialism

The American Revolution was in many ways inspired by the scientific one. But this says at least as much about science as it does about America—and as vaccine-related controversies renew calls to “listen to scientists,” it’s worth considering how the philosophy of science parallels the philosophy of the Founders, and what those parallels suggest about the nature of scientific authority.

“It’s My %$!#ing Money” and the Hollow Populism of Stimulus Checks

“Checks” risks becoming the rallying cry for a hollow form of populism, one that seeks to merely extract value for the masses rather than build something new and permanent.

Antitrust or Countervailing Power?

A strange development of recent years has been the revival on parts of the left and the right of the long-dormant ideology of antimonopolism, once associated with agrarian populists like William Jennings Bryan and progressives like Louis Brandeis.

Is There a Case for Principled Populism From the GOP?

“Populism” is a term that since the modern era has been generally trotted out to mean a political attitude that reflects widespread anger and resentment against powerful elites, while among stenographers for the power class, populism has been reflexively trotted out to warn against the passions and wants of the mob.

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