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The Wolves of K Street with Brody Mullins

WSJ’s Brody Mullins joins Oren to discuss his new book, The Wolves of K Street, about corporate power and the rise of the lobbying industry.

Issues 2024: Wall Street

For the American economy to boom again, financial markets will have to return to their proper role promoting productive investment.

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.

Public Safety for Sale 

Surveying the wreckage from Wall Street’s collision with emergency services

Sen. J.D. Vance on Financialization, Labor, and Rebuilding American Capitalism

Sen. J.D. Vance and Oren Cass discuss what has gone wrong with investment in the American economy and how conservatives should think about labor unions today.

Yes, Financialization Is Real

Oren Cass responds to the Cato Institute’s Norbert Michel misguided critique of American Compass’s financialization research.

Policy Brief: Back to Basics for Corporate Finance

Ban stock buybacks and repeal business interest deductibility

At SVB, the Market Was the Failure

The market failure is that market actors are fallible and their efforts at pursuing their own interests do not necessarily lead smoothly to efficient outcomes that serve themselves or the common good.

Talkin’ (Policy) Shop: Public Pension Accountability

On this episode, Oren Cass and Chris Griswold discuss the need for transparent reporting requirements for public pension funds.

Policy Brief: Public Pension Accountability

Require transparency in management of public money

The Corporation Needs a New Story

In National Review, Oren Cass argues that corporations no longer have owners in the way they once did, with far-reaching ramifications for our economy.

Critics Corner with Steven Kaplan

Oren Cass is joined by private equity expert Steven Kaplan to discuss leveraged buyouts, bankruptcy, and the effects on workers.

Talkin’ (Policy) Shop: Pro-Worker Bankruptcy Reform

On this episode of Policy in Brief, Oren and Chris take a look at the damage done to workers and local communities when businesses go bankrupt and propose reforms to better align risk and reword.

Policy Brief: Pro-Worker Bankruptcy Reform

Put workers ahead of Wall Street
when firms go bankrupt

Bad Trade

“Bad competitiveness” results in weakening demand, which either reduces global production or requires surging debt to maintain demand and production at its existing level. Perhaps that rings a bell, because it is the world we live in.

Liberty and Tariffs for All

Free international trade is not a vital tenet of liberty in the American tradition; it was adopted, in Burtka’s words, “for the worst reasons and delivered the worst results.”

Don’t Trade on Me

America grew wealthy not from free trade, but behind some of the world’s most imposing protectionist barriers. In fact, the principal tradition of free trade one finds in American history was born in the Confederate South.

Coming Apart in the Hoosier State

Farah Stockman’s new book, American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears, documents the closure and relocation of an Indianapolis Rexnord bearing plant to Mexico and Texas. Stockman, a New York Times reporter, was assigned to cover the Rexnord plant after then-candidate Trump tweeted about its pending closure and the scheduled relocation of a nearby Carrier plant to Mexico in 2016.

Senator Marco Rubio Delivers the Inaugural Henry Clay Lecture in Political Economy

Sen. Rubio assesses how the flawed bipartisan economic consensus went so tragically wrong and offers a clear-eyed approach to economic policy that can serve the national interest and the common good.

The Cult for Growth

In this week’s Compass Point, Marginal Prophets, Matthew Walther turns his perceptive gaze to the “magical thinking” of neoliberalism, and brings along a delightful guide: 19th-century anthropologist James Frazer, author of The Golden Bough and keen observer of humanity’s superstitious traditions and priestly castes.

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