Moving the Chains

9 Strategies for Retaking Global Leadership in Industry and Innovation



Trade After Trump: A Post-Mortem with Former U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer

Former U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer joins American Compass executive director Oren Cass for a conversation about trade policy, in his first interview since leaving the administration.

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News & Commentary

America’s Microchip Slip

& | Apr 16, 2021

NATIONAL REVIEW—American Compass’s Oren Cass and Richard Oyeniran explore the decline of America’s semiconductor industry and how the U.S. can retake the lead in the great semiconductor race.

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The Biden Team Wants to Transform the Economy. Really.

Feb 11, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE—Noam Scheiber cites American Compass’s Oren Cass in a feature on industrial policy and the Biden administration’s attempts to revive U.S. manufacturing.

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Left, Right, and Center Discuss Federal Industrial Policies

| Sep 23, 2020

EVENT—American Compass’s research director Wells King shares key insights from the “Moving the Chains” policy symposium on the inaugural panel for the Industry Studies Association’s new webinar series.

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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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Rebuilding American Industry: Devil is in the Details

Jul 10, 2020

ASIA TIMES—David Goldman features his Moving the Chains symposium essay, “The Reshoring Imperative,” with new commentary directed at Joe Biden’s “Buy American” campaign.

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America Must Fight For Global Industry Leadership Again

| Jun 23, 2020

DAILY CALLER—American Compass’s Wells King outlines the proposals from the “Moving the Chains” reshoring policy symposium.

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Don’t Give Up on Bringing Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

Jun 15, 2020

BLOOMBERG—Columnist Noah Smith appraises American Compass’s reshoring policy symposium: “Moving the Chains.”

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On the Commons

Industrial Policy Must Account for Worker Attitudes

| Dec 31, 2020

In a recent post about the relationship between family trends and the skills gap I noted that for some of the young adults...

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Is There a Way of Doing Bipartisan National Industrial Policy?

| Dec 02, 2020

The likely configuration of the new Senate represents a potential obstacle toward some of the grander Democratic Party policy visions outlined in President-elect...

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Shooting Down the Flying Geese Theory of Trade

| Oct 05, 2020

Although neoliberal globalists are often said to be opposed to industrial policy and strategic trade, that is not necessarily true.  Neoliberals of the...

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War Footing: Made in the Americas

| Sep 30, 2020

Taking the side of ancient particularity in its long-standing quarrel with modern universalism, I warned in a July Commons post against the temptation...

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Industrial Policy, the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court

| Sep 28, 2020

Now that the Supreme Court is in the news, with President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late...

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Industrial Security Policy: New Missions for DoD, SBA and CFIUS

| Aug 10, 2020

Thanks to the near-criminal negligence of neoliberal globalist policymakers in both the Democratic and Republican parties, America’s national industrial base, the foundation of...

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