Patrick T. Brown

Patrick T. Brown is a fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a contributing editor with American Compass. He was formerly a former Sr. Policy Advisor to Congress’ Joint Economic Committee.


Gimme Shelter Share This

Oct 21, 2021

Only the Rich Can Play: How Washington Works in the New Gilded Age, by David Wessel (PublicAffairs, 352 pp., $14.99)   The rapper T.I. may never have read Kevin Williamson’s infamous suggestion that struggling communities need “real opportunity, which means that they need real change, which means that they need U-Haul,” but he is clearly […]

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We Need to Listen Better to Working-Class Parents Share This

Sep 14, 2021

THE NEW YORK TIMES—The Ethics and Public Public Policy Center’s Patrick T. Brown highlights the American Compass Child Tax Credit Survey in a discussion of what working-class parents want from family policy.

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Working Americans are Speaking. Are Politicians Listening? Share This

Aug 23, 2021

NEWSWEEK—In an adaptation of his conclusion to the Edgerton Essays anthology, Patrick T. Brown discusses what he learned from editing the collection of perspectives from the working class.

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Conclusion Share This

Aug 19, 2021

These essays captured the unfiltered thoughts of working-class Americans in all their complicated diversity.

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A Canadian Warning on Universal Child Care Share This

May 07, 2021

Any discussion of the effects of government-subsidized day care for children inevitably turns to Canada. In 1997, the province of Quebec introduced a universal child care program, offering parents a child care spot for five (Canadian) dollars per day (now Can$8.50). Heralded by some as a success – it brought an estimated 69,700 moms into […]

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The Consultant Class Scores an Own Goal Share This

Apr 20, 2021

To Americans, the idea of a professional sports league with the same slate of teams competing each year is normal. In Europe, it might lay bare how an unthinking application of market logic to cherished traditions and institutions can kill the golden goose.

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Putting Down Roots Share This

Mar 26, 2021

There’s a simplistic way to talk about the history of American associational life that goes something like this: Neighbors used to help each other raise barns, churches provided much-needed charity, and benevolent societies covered costs due to injury or untimely death. Then the New Deal or the Great Society stepped in and Americans began bowling, […]

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Elite Overproduction or Mid-Tier Underproduction? Share This

Feb 17, 2021

One way of reading a story of American discontent is in its newspapers. Not just in their pages, but in how their ongoing decline illustrates broader tendencies fueling popular frustration. Local newspapers used to be the only game in town. National news came off the wires, opinion columns were syndicated, and each town was its […]

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Family Form Follows Function Share This

Feb 11, 2021

Effective family policy begins from the institution’s ultimate roles and purposes.

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The Self-Serving Mirage of MarketWorld Share This

Jul 09, 2020

Image: Steve Cukrov – Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, by Anand Giridharadas (Alfred A. Knopf, 304 pp. $27) The HBO series “Westworld” was set in a futuristic theme park that featured life-like humanoid robots offering wealthy guests an immersive experience without any fear of lasting consequences. A 2018 book […]

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