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A Compass for Navigating the Right’s New Debates

AEI’s Yuval Levin reflects on the role of American Compass in strengthening the debate on the role of the state on the right.

Recovering the American Tradition of Economic Policy

American Compass’s Wells King and Oren Cass and American Affairs’ Julius Krein summarize their arguments from Rebooting the American System in this short adaptation.

Coronavirus Exposes a G.O.P. Divide: Is the Market Always Supreme?

The NYT features American Compass as a new organization with plans to foster debates on economic issues dividing the right, accentuated by the present national crisis.

Podcast: The Return of Conservative Economics

American Compass’s Oren Cass and Wells King join the Bill Walton Show to discuss Rebooting the American System.

The New Fusionism We Need

Almost 60 years ago, Frank Meyer formulated “fusionism.” He explained why 1950s anti-communists, free-market proponents, and social conservatives could unite in a coherent coalition.

From Protecting Essential Workers to Upgrading Essential Industries

The COVID-19 panic has drawn long-overdue attention to the economic and health and financial challenges facing many “essential workers” including nurses and health aides, nursing home aides, slaughterhouse workers, truckers, grocery store clerks and other retail workers, warehouse workers, and others upon whom the daily functioning of our continental society depends.

Thinking Big to Act Small

American Compass proposes that conservatives revisit the question of whether a nation can afford an economic order without a “compass,” a guide that can provide a sense of direction national policy and shared intention. The question is essential, and the answers on offer on this site portend a new course for the American political order.

Special Episode of The Editors: Rich Lowry and Oren Cass

Rich Lowry interviews Oren Cass about the launch of American Compass.

A Note of Introduction

Welcome to American Compass. Our mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity.

Seven Questions for Oren Cass on the New Conservatism

TAC’s Jordan Bloom interviews Oren Cass about the launch of American Compass and the future of American conservatism.

Rebooting the American System

The comprehensive, conservative case for a return to robust national economic policy

Planning for When the Market Cannot

The fact that government planners are not omniscient is obvious, but it does not automatically follow that planning is always ineffective. Perfect information is simply not a precondition of successful planning in either the private or the public sectors.

Foreword: On Security

The American system of innovation, combining strategic investment and private enterprise, made our nation’s industry the envy of the world. It can pave the way for widespread prosperity and security again today.

Rediscovering a Genuine American System

Economic stability, national security, widely shared prosperity, strong families, a pluralistic society—in short, the American way of life—are achievements plainly worth conserving. So is the only approach to economic policy that has ever proved capable of producing them.

Foreword: On Resilience

America’s ability to meet the challenges of tomorrow rests on our conviction to turn a new economic page today.

Removing the Blinders From Economic Policy

Remove the blinders of economic fundamentalism, and it is impossible not to see the social, legal, historical, and institutional scaffolding that buttresses a growing economy, and the role that public policy must play in its construction and maintenance.

Conservatism in the Crisis

THE ECONOMIST—With delightful British spelling, The Economist reports on American Compass: “an impressive organisation” of the “dissident faction … led by some of the most interesting conservative thinkers” that rejects “market fundamentalism.”

Wall Street Journal
Coronavirus Means the Era of Big Government Is…Back

American Compass’s Oren Cass argues that “one lesson we can and should learn from all this is that you can’t just flip a switch on strong, effective government when you need it.”

Rubio Raises Profile in Pandemic, Challenges GOP Economics

Rubio’s essays and speeches on his idea of common-good capitalism draw heavily from his Catholicism and from the work of policy experts such as American Compass’s Oren Cass.

Conversation with Oren Cass

American Compass’s Oren Cass joins the Ronald Reagan Institute’s Reaganism podcast to discuss his organization’s mission to save American conservatism from what he calls its “chronic case of market fundamentalism.”

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