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America Cannot Continue to Absorb Global Imbalances

The implacable trade deficits run by the United States since the late 1970s have been, and continue to be, costly to the American economy. For decades, the implicit and explicit Read more…

A Just Immigration Policy Befitting America

Does anyone think our current immigration policies are working? Over the past two years, the Biden administration has released two million illegal immigrants into the United States, a total that Read more…

The Free Trade Folly

Trade policy has failed American workers, their families, and their communities over much of the last 30 years. Until the changes made in the Trump administration, it led to the Read more…

Why China Matters

The New Right should care deeply about preventing Chinese hegemony over Asia. The reason, though, is not necessarily obvious. After all, most conservatives are justly tired of the “forever war” Read more…

Temporary-Visa Phasedown

The United States operates a range of temporary visa or guest worker programs, justified by claims of labor shortages and the trope of “jobs Americans won’t do.” The H-2A and Read more…

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…

Mandatory E-Verify

Capitalism works when capital in pursuit of profit must find ways to expand output with the labor present, and when it must share the rising proceeds with that labor. Lax Read more…

Revocation of China PNTR

As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United States is expected to extend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to all other WTO members, including those like China Read more…

Building a Coalition That Builds

The Republican Party has changed. It is now home to more working-class (non-college) voters than the Democrats. In 2022, Republicans carried the nationwide working-class House vote by 13 points. In Read more…

The Meaning of Liberty

Republicans and conservatives rightly love liberty. That’s why so many have difficulty engaging with the new conservative economics and domestic policy propounded by American Compass and politicians including Senators Marco Read more…

A Report from Ohio

We’ve spent the past decade living in a working-class town in southwestern Ohio, initially on a short-term research project and then settling in as citizens, neighbors, and friends—so that is Read more…

An Introduction to Responsive Politics

Defining success as achievement of the outcomes that people value most In recent decades, American politics has been driven by a devotion to “consumer welfare,” and policymakers narrowed their goal Read more…

Responsive Politics

Defining success as achievement of the outcomes that people value most

Outbound Investment Review

In 2021, hedge fund manager Ray Dalio gave a forthright defense of his investments in China despite its horrifying human rights record and adversarial posture toward the United States. “I Read more…

American Conservatives Are Working on the Railroads

The Railway Safety Act has made concrete the ideological debate raging between conservatives and libertarians over the role of government regulation in the free market.

Global Tariff

America’s enormous trade deficits are a double disaster for the nation. First, they represent a mortgaging of the future, as we pay for our consumption of goods and services produced Read more…

Critics Corner with FreedomWorks’ Phil Bell on the Railway Safety Act

Oren Cass is joined by FreedomWorks’ Phil Bell for a wide-ranging discussion the Railway Safety Act of 2023.

Policy Brief: End “Permanent Normal Trade Relations” with China

Reclaiming control of U.S. trade policy

A New Conservative Economic Philosophy?

Oren Cass joins WSJ editor at large Gerry Baker for a discussion of the evolution of modern conservative economic thought.

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