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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Yoram Hazony Hosts Oren Cass on NatConTalk Share This

Oct 27, 2020

NATCONTALKAmerican Compass’s Oren Cass speaks with Yoram Hazony about economic nationalism and what a conservative economic policy should look like.

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A Reformed Labor Movement Could Advance Conservative Values and Priorities Share This

Oct 27, 2020

NATIONAL REVIEWAmerican Compass’s Oren Cass responds to Michael Watson’s rejection of collective bargaining, arguing that organized labor can advance conservative principles.

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CQ Future: Unions Share This

Oct 16, 2020

ROLL CALL—American Compass’s Oren Cass talks with Jim Saksa about how unions should be reinvented and not abandoned by conservatives.

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The Deadly Sins of the American Right Share This

Oct 15, 2020

RISING—American Compass’s Oren Cass joins Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti to discuss the deadly sins of the right, warning the GOP to learn from the 2016 election and update conservative orthodoxy.

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Whole Life: A Common Sense Agenda for Strengthening the American Family Share This

Oct 14, 2020

THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE—American Compass’s Oren Cass joins a distinguished panel to discuss the need for robust family policy from the political right.

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US Presidential Candidates are Ignoring Ordinary Voters’ Needs Share This

Oct 13, 2020

FINANCIAL TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass describes the process by which leaders of both the Republican and Democratic Parties have become unmoored from the voters they aspire to represent.

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Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring Ordinary Voters’ Needs Share This

Oct 13, 2020

In this commentary for the Financial Times, Cass considers what the presidential candidates would be talking about if workers and their interests were of primary concern

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When Market Economists Fail Share This

Oct 12, 2020

CLAREMONT REVIEW OF BOOKS—American Compass’s Oren Cass critiques public choice theory as applied in defense of a libertarian agenda.

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Biden and Trump are Failing the American Worker Share This

Oct 08, 2020

CNN—American Compass’s Oren Cass argues that neither Biden nor Trump has given the necessary attention to issues like industrial, education, and labor policy that could help American workers.

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America Needs a Conservative Labor Movement Share This

Sep 17, 2020

WALL STREET JOURNAL—American Compass’s Oren Cass argues that a strong, reformed labor movement has unique potential to advance conservative priorities.

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The Vanishing American Dream: The Economic Realities Facing Middle- and Lower-Income Americans Share This

Sep 16, 2020

EVENT—American Compass’s Oren Cass participated in a symposium on “The Vanishing American Dream,” as part of the Brookings Institution’s Future of the Middle Class Initiative, discussing the political roots of economic issues facing lower- and middle-income Americans.

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A Free Market Manifesto That Changed the World, Reconsidered Share This

Sep 11, 2020

THE NEW YORK TIMES—American Compass’s Oren Cass joins a wide range of economists and business leaders to discuss Milton Friedman’s essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits,” on its 50th anniversary.

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