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Grand Old Party and the Working Class with Leader McCarthy

A conversation with Leader McCarthy about what it will take to build a GOP that is better attuned to the concerns of working class Americans and where he sees the party going in the coming years.

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What Now? A Conversation On Where Conservatives Go After the Trump Presidency

American Compass’s Oren Cass, WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib, and author George F. Will discuss the future of the conservative movement, co-hosted with the Wall Street Journal.

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What Happened: The Trump Presidency in Review

Ross Douthat, Rachel Bovard, Oren Cass, and Arthur Bloom discuss what happened: the degree to which personnel is policy, how the economy performed during the Trump presidency, and what a forward-looking, post-Trump agenda should encompass.

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What Next: A Multi-Ethnic, Working-Class Conservatism

Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez join American Compass executive director Oren Cass for a conversation about how to build a conservative agenda that appeals to a multi-ethnic, working-class base.

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Podcasts

Grand Old Party and the Working Class with Leader McCarthy

Leader McCarthy joins American Compass to discuss his efforts to reach out and grow the Republican coalition, what it takes to build a GOP that is better attuned to the concerns of working class Americans, and where he sees the party going in the coming years.

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What Next: A Multi-Ethnic, Working-Class Conservatism

Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez join American Compass executive director Oren Cass for a conversation about how to build a conservative agenda that appeals to a multi-ethnic, working-class base.

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What Happened: The Trump Presidency in Review

Ross Douthat of the New York Times, Rachel Bovard of the Conservative Partnership Institute, and Oren Cass of American Compass speak with Arthur Bloom of The American Conservative about what they see as the key lessons of the Trump administration.

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Government Of, By, and For the Elite

The authors of “Dignity” and “Hillbilly Elegy” reflect on Ruy Teixeira and Henry Olsen’s essays, describe the dynamics that lead to a politics disconnected from the economic and cultural mainstream, and identify possible glimmers of hope.

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News & Commentary

Republicans Unveil Policies to Match ‘Working-Class Party’ Claim

Apr 12, 2021

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL—Gerald F. Seib highlights American Compass’s Family Income Supplemental Credit plan as an example of recent “new-wave conservative proposals designed to help working-class families.”

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We See the Left. We See the Right. Can Anyone See the ‘Exhausted Majority’?

Mar 24, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES—Thomas Edsall cites American Compass’s Oren Cass in a column on the future of partisanship and centrism in American politics.

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The Once and Future Right

Mar 05, 2021

THE DISPATCH—Executive director Oren Cass joins The Dispatch Podcast to discuss the mission of American Compass, the future of conservatism, and family policy.

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Oren Cass on Balancing Conservative Principles with Working-Class Priorities

Mar 05, 2021

THE FEDERALIST—Executive director Oren Cass joins The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss how conservatives can reconcile their principles with the priorities of the working class.

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Don’t kid yourself about what elections reveal about America

| Nov 09, 2020

CNN—American Compass’s Oren Cass argues that elections tell us simply who will govern us, not who we are, and it is critical to understand our fellow Americans who voted differently.

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The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump

Oct 23, 2020

THE NEW YORKER—In The New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann discusses the ideological future of both parties, highlighting American Compass as a leader in the movement to bring back a genuinely conservative approach to economics.

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Essays

What Republicans Can Learn from the UK’s Conservative Party

| May 18, 2021

Political trends in the U.S. and United Kingdom have mirrored each other for decades—and Britain’s recent local elections (and the Hartlepool by-election) are...

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A Tale of Two Conservatisms

| Jan 19, 2021

Being called a “socialist” by George Will in the Washington Post was already a professional highlight. So I was thrilled for the opportunity...

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Where Do We Go From Here?

| Jan 11, 2021

January 6 was a catastrophe for America. An angry mob, spurred on by the president, some carrying confederate flags, ransacked the Capitol during...

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“It’s my %$!#ing money” and the hollow populism of stimulus checks

| Dec 29, 2020

"Checks" risks becoming the rallying cry for a hollow form of populism, one that seeks to merely extract value for the masses rather...

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A Multi-Ethnic, Working-Class Conservatism

| Nov 05, 2020

The wags are having their fun with an election result that hinges upon whether Joe Biden garners sufficient support from white voters to...

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