Setting Sail on a Second Year

Celebrating one year of American Compass and looking ahead to what’s to come.

Today marks one year since we launched American Compass. We’re incredibly proud of having built a new conservative flagship in such a short time and are grateful to all of our supporters for making it possible. If you’re in a position to make a contribution to the organization this year, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to do so. This month only, we are offering a small gift as thanks for any donation of $100 or more (details below).

What have we done so far? 

Back in May of 2020, our first collection, Rebooting the American System, laid the foundation for the work that would follow. We looked back to the economic tradition that has shaped the American republic, especially the concept of an “American System,” as outlined by Alexander Hamilton, advanced by Henry Clay, and embraced by Abraham Lincoln. Our nation’s rich history of robust economic policy looks nothing like the market fundamentalism that passes as “conservatism” today—and it is relevant as ever, as Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton describe in their forewords on resilience and national security.

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The following month, we convened a wide range of experts to discuss how and why the U.S. should prioritize reshoring our critical supply chains. The symposium’s nine strategies for retaking global leadership explore everything from boosting domestic innovation and production to reforming the federal government and the World Trade Organization.

Last summer, we focused our attention on how to get capitalism working better. Anticipating the controversy that has grown over “woke capital,” we contrasted the popularity of so-called “corporate social responsibility” with an ethic of corporate actual responsibility, in which businesses fulfill their obligations to workers, communities, and the nation.

Since then, we’ve started a national conversation about a conservative future for the labor movement, hosted the first comprehensive review of the Trump presidency, shaped the debate over how public policy can help American families, and showed how the rise of Wall Street has come at the expense of the real economy.

Across more than 50 essays and 250 posts on the Commons from more than 80 authors, events with elected officials and leading commentators, and countless contributions to the reporting on America’s ongoing political realignment, we have become the flagship for efforts to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity. And we’re just getting started.

We hope you’ll take the opportunity of our first anniversary to show your support for American Compass, whether that’s with a donation or using social media to spread the word about our work. All week on Facebook and Twitter, @AmerCompass is highlighting our work from the past year, so choose your favorite to share. Our mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity, and our success in building that consensus depends on having the resources and reach to bring our ideas to as many people as possible.

Thank you,

Oren Cass
Executive Director

We’re deeply grateful to all those who have supported us through our first year. If you would like to support our work as we continue to grow and push the national conversation forward, please click here.

Supporters who donate $100 this month will receive one of our American Compass Readers, a full-color, book-format compilation of one of our featured Collections: A Seat at the Table, Home Building, or Rebooting the American System. Supporters who donate $200 or more this month will receive all three.

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Oren Cass is the executive director at American Compass.