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Rebooting the American System

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

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

| Feb 12, 2021

FOREIGN AFFAIRSAmerican Compass executive director Oren Cass discusses a path forward for conservatism that is no longer bound by free-market orthodoxy.

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

Feb 16, 2021

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

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When Market Economists Fail

| Oct 12, 2020

CLAREMONT REVIEW OF BOOKS—American Compass’s Oren Cass critiques public choice theory as applied in defense of a libertarian agenda.

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The Elite Needs to Give Up Its G.D.P. Fetish

| Aug 27, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass suggests that the professional class might learn from the pandemic that “material living standards” do not always translate into “quality of life.”

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Recovering the American Tradition of Economic Policy

| May 05, 2020

NATIONAL REVIEW—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.

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The Return of Conservative Economics

| Feb 18, 2020

NATIONAL REVIEW—Today we are announcing the formation of American Compass, an organization dedicated to helping American conservatism recover from its chronic case of market fundamentalism.

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On the Commons

The Once and Future Republican Orthodoxy

| Oct 23, 2020

The American Enterprise Institute has just released a new white paper that defends the CARES Act against arguments from the right. Contra deficit...

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Let Workers Enjoy the Fruits of their Productivity Gains

| Oct 05, 2020

Amber and David Lapp have written movingly about the current plight of America’s workers (here and here). The commodification of labor that they...

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A Conservative Jurisprudence Worthy of a Conservative Economics

| Sep 21, 2020

The New Right, in contradistinction to the liberalized Hayekian governing mentality that American Compass’s Oren Cass has called “Let the Market Rip,” is...

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A Trailer in the Country: Working-Class Attitudes about Redistribution

| Jul 27, 2020

At the beginning of a lane of public housing units pink balloons mark the mailbox and a disposable tablecloth flutters in the wind,...

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