Financial Capitalism

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We’re Just Speculating Here…

| Mar 25, 2021

The Rise of Wall Street and the Fall of American Investment

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We’re Just Speculating Here…

The Rise of Wall Street and the Fall of American Investment

Corporate Actual Responsibility

Holding corporations accountable for their obligations to workers, their families and communities, and the nation.

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Coin-Flip Capitalism

Do the hedge fund, private equity, and venture capital industries channel investment efficiently and in ways beneficial to the nation?

Conversations

Events

Corporate Actual Responsibility: A Conversation with Senator Josh Hawley

Senator Josh Hawley talks with American Compass executive director Oren Cass about the empty platitudes and hypocrisy of “woke capital” and why conservatives must work to prioritize the needs of workers and families in their economic policy agenda.

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Podcasts

Financialization in America

In this episode, Washington Free Beacon editor Aaron Sibarium and small business investor Sam Long discuss the financialization of American business culture and its impacts on our economy and society.

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Corporate Actual Responsibility, with Sen. Josh Hawley

Senator Josh Hawley talks with American Compass executive director Oren Cass about the empty platitudes and hypocrisy of “woke capital” and why conservatives must work to prioritize the needs of workers and families in their economic policy agenda.

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Exchanges

The Corporate Obligations Debate

Patrick Deneen and Andy Puzder debate the obligations of business.

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News & Commentary

The US needs to rediscover the meaning of investment

| Mar 25, 2021

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case that fortunes are made in financial markets without benefiting the real economy.

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Wall Street Trading Tax Gets Conservative Group’s Unlikely Tout

Mar 25, 2021

BLOOMBERG—Daniel Avis highlights American Compass’s We’re Just Speculating Here… collection and proposals to reign in the growth of “non-investment” in the U.S. economy.

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How Corporate Actual Responsibility, Not Social Responsibility, Would Look

| Aug 20, 2020

WASHINGTON EXAMINER—American Compass’s Oren Cass outlines the arguments from an open letter sent to the Business Roundtable calling for corporate actual responsibility.

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Oren Cass Presses Business Roundtable on Corporate Responsibility Pledge

Aug 20, 2020

RISING—American Compass’s Oren Cass discusses an open letter sent to the Business Roundtable calling for corporate actual responsibility.

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Private Equity Captures Rather Than Creates Value

| Jul 23, 2020

NEWSWEEK—American Compass’s Oren Cass debates University of Chicago professor Todd Henderson over the question, “Does the private equity industry create substantial social value?”

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Private Equity, Hedge Funds Get Unlikely Foe in GOP Think Tank

May 20, 2020

BLOOMBERG—American Compass’s first special project, “Coin-Flip Capitalism,” was featured by Bloomberg Politics, challenging established economic views on the right.

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On the Commons

GameStop: Intentionally Dying

| Jan 28, 2021

Our country, we tell ourselves, is a place where anyone can make it if they study enough, and where the smartest rise to...

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GameStop Populism

| Jan 31, 2021

In our populist moment, the categories of left and right are losing their currency. Underlying recent events—the Capitol riot of Jan 6 (a...

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L’Affaire GameStop

| Jan 29, 2021

The stampede into GameStop and other stocks was a political event. Like antifa assaults on government building and the mob assault on the...

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Respect the People

| Oct 19, 2020

Like every banker, I remember my first bail-out fondly. Mine was January 1995 and I was working for Salomon Brothers bond trading business,...

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Giganticism After COVID

| Aug 21, 2020

In March, I could see that our social response to the coronavirus would be more consequential than the virus itself. Natural disasters can...

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Monopolization as a Challenge for Both Parties

| Aug 20, 2020

Two Federal Reserve economists have just come out with a paper on the social consequences of widespread monopolization of markets by large corporations....

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Uber’s New Labor Law: Placation Without Representation

| Aug 13, 2020

The “gig” may soon be up for Uber. A San Francisco judge’s ruling that ride-sharing services must treat their drivers as employees has...

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Corporate Responsibility and 1619

| Aug 07, 2020

Just as American Compass was releasing the Corporate Actual Responsibility project, the New York Times’s DealBook announced its own corporate-responsibility event. But the...

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