Oren Cass

Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass and author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America (2018). He is a contributing opinion writer for the Financial Times and his work also appears regularly in publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

From 2005 to 2015, Oren worked as a management consultant in Bain & Company’s Boston and Delhi offices. During this period, he also earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was elected vice president and treasurer of the Harvard Law Review and oversaw the journal’s budget and operations. While still in law school, Oren also became Domestic Policy Director for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, editing and producing the campaign’s “jobs book” and developing its domestic policy strategy, proposals, and research. He joined the Manhattan Institute as a senior fellow in 2015 and became a prolific scholar, publishing more than 15 reports for MI and editing its popular “Issues 2016” and “Issues 2020” series, testifying before seven congressional committees and speaking on dozens of college campuses. He founded American Compass at the start of 2020.

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Who Has the Expertise to Watch the Experts? Share This

May 20, 2022

What role should experts play in our politics? Of course, they have their own freedom of speech, and are welcome to hawk their wares in the marketplace of ideas. But when election day arrives, their votes count no more or less than others, and they are far fewer in number. Democracy relies upon non-experts to […]

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Cutting China tariffs will offer no respite from rising prices Share This

May 01, 2022

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case against rolling back tariffs on China in response to inflation.

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Is Washington the Next Detroit? Share This

Apr 22, 2022

Our latest Compass Point is by James M. Roberts, long-time research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and co-editor of their Index of Economic Freedom, reflecting on his experience in the conservative establishment and the perils of a political movement running on autopilot. “Conservatives are fond of warning that a government program, once established, never dies,” […]

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The Market’s Border Crisis Share This

Apr 21, 2022

THE AMERICAN MIND—American Compass executive director Oren Cass makes the case that revitalizing the American industrial base requires moving beyond globalization.

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The Workforce Training Grant Share This

Apr 07, 2022

A proposal for funding employer-led noncollege pathways instead of higher education failure

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Why the Economists Are Losing Share This

Apr 06, 2022

The rebuttal delivered by Jon Lovitz’s Michael Dukakis, in his debate with Dana Carvey’s George H. W. Bush, is one of Saturday Night Live’s most famous political punchlines: “I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy.” The New York City audience went nuts—neither could they believe Dukakis was losing to Bush. But, of course, the […]

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Republican stance on free markets is shifting when it comes to China Share This

Mar 21, 2022

FINANCIAL TIMES—Despite the priority traditionally given to the free flow of capital, many now argue that Beijing should be the exception, writes American Compass executive director Oren Cass.

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The Conservative Confusion on Globalization Share This

Mar 16, 2022

NATIONAL REVIEW—The question is not will we manage our economy’s interaction with the global market, but how, writes American Compass executive director Oren Cass.

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Searching for Capitalism in the Wreckage of Globalization Share This

Mar 09, 2022

A journey to the center of the neoliberal dogma

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Pushing ‘College For All’ Makes Americans Poorer. Here’s What We Need Instead Share This

Feb 18, 2022

THE FEDERALIST—Oren Cass discusses new American Compass research on the effects of globalization on American workers and domestic jobs.

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The False Promise of Good Jobs Share This

Feb 17, 2022

Patterns of change in the U.S. labor market, 2000–2019

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Why the US right wants to put workers in the boardroom Share This

Feb 01, 2022

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass executive director Oren Cass on how a new Republican bill that proposes to give labor a new voice is a challenge to vested interests on both left and right.

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