To restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity —

REORIENTING POLITICAL FOCUS from growth for its own sake to widely shared economic development that sustains vital social institutions.

SETTING A COURSE for a country in which families can achieve self-sufficiency, contribute productively to their communities, and prepare the next generation for the same.

HELPING POLICYMAKERS NAVIGATE the limitations that markets and government each face in promoting the general welfare and the nation’s security.

AFFILIATION. Providing opportunities for people who share its mission to build relationships, collaborate, and communicate their views to the broader political community.

DELIBERATION. Supporting research and discussion that advances understanding of economic and social conditions and tradeoffs through study of history, analysis of data, elaboration of theory, and development of policy proposals.

ENGAGEMENT. Initiating and facilitating public debate to challenge existing orthodoxy, confront the best arguments of its defenders, and force scrutiny of unexamined assumptions and unconsidered consequences.

AMERICAN COMPASS strives to embody the principles and practices of a healthy democratic polity, combining intellectual combat with personal civility.

We welcome converts to our vision and value disagreement amongst our members.

We work toward a version of American politics that remains inevitably partisan and contentious but operates from a common commitment to reinforcing the foundations of a healthy society.

Tracing The Path Of The Modern GOP, From Reagan To Trump

Aug 28, 2020

NPR: ON POINT—The Wall Street Journal‘s Gerald Seib and American Compass’s Oren Cass discuss future paths for the GOP.

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To Counter China, Some Republicans are Abandoning Free-Market Orthodoxy

Aug 26, 2020

THE WASHINGTON POST—Jeanne Whalen reports on Republican enthusiasm for industrial policy, citing American Compass’s Moving the Chains report.

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Republicans Are Ripping Out ‘the Very Heart and Soul’ of Their Party

Aug 25, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMESReason magazine’s Stephanie Slade cites American Compass’s work on Corporate Actual Responsibility as evidence that conservatives are pushing libertarianism out of the Republican Party.

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How Trump Has Changed the Republicans

Aug 21, 2020

WALL STREET JOURNAL—The Saturday Essay features American Compass’s efforts to construct a new conservative governing philosophy.

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A Major Question Still Remains for Biden’s Campaign

Aug 21, 2020

CNN—American Compass’s Oren Cass reviews Joe Biden’s acceptance speech for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Where Do Republicans Go From Here?

Aug 07, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—David Brooks features American Compass and executive director Oren Cass leading efforts to “push the G.O.P. in a post-Trump direction.”

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