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A Conservative Jurisprudence Worthy of a Conservative Economics Share This

Josh Hammer | Sep 21, 2020 | Jurisprudence

The New Right, in contradistinction to the liberalized Hayekian governing mentality that American Compass’s Oren Cass has called “Let the Market Rip,” is unafraid to wield the levers of political power in the service of good political order. Here at Compass, while we often disagree among ourselves as to specific economic policy disputes, there is […]

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Conservative Education Reform Should Emphasize Relationships, Institutions, and Vocation Share This

Bruno Manno | Sep 21, 2020 | Education

Editor’s note: For a longer discussion of this topic, read Bruno Manno’s essay, “A Social-Capital Approach to Education Reform,” in the new issue of National Affairs. A social capital approach to school reform focused on developing habits of mind and habits of association in young people is a basis for conservatives to lead on K-12 […]

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Labor For The Future Share This

Micah Meadowcroft | Sep 14, 2020 | Theory

This is one of those half-baked blog posts that are the point of a blog but increasingly rare; after all, in the digital era everything seems to just get slicker and more centralized. There are only three sites to post to and you have to be on, and casual-Friday professional, you know?, for your brand. […]

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Are British Conservatives providing a future template for post-Trump Republicans? Share This

Marshall Auerback | Sep 08, 2020 | Europe

Much as the Brexit referendum anticipated the rise of the Trump presidency, the current UK Conservative government led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson may now be providing clues as to a possible future path for the post-Trump Republican Party in the United States.  The prevailing ideological preferences of Johnson and his advisors are becoming increasingly […]

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Labor Market, Labor Code—Or Labor Bazaar? Share This

Michael Lind | Sep 07, 2020 | Organized Labor

There are only two ways to establish the price of something, including a day’s wages for a worker—the market and the state. Impersonal market forces, beyond the control of either employers or employees, can be allowed to determine how much a worker is paid. If we do not want to allow a free labor market […]

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The Quest for Community on Labor Day Share This

Wells King | Sep 07, 2020 | Organized Labor

In its latest public statement, American Compass affirms the enduring importance of organized labor and the need for conservatives to have a stake in its future. It challenges a right-of-center accustomed to dismiss unions to instead reconsider their role in our common life as well as the deeper costs of their absence. But doing so […]

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Dignity to Endure Share This

Chris Arnade | Sep 07, 2020 | Culture

After spending eight years driving four hundred thousand miles to take 60,000 pictures of working class Americans, I could easily write a Labor Day essay on the dignity of work, topped by a photo of a man dirty from work, leaning on his well cared for F150 with a back-rack, silver tool box, two bright […]

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What’s the best way to help low-income workers? Automate low-income jobs. Share This

Rob Atkinson | Sep 05, 2020 | Labor Market

As we celebrate Labor Day, reducing unemployment and getting the COVID-impacted economy back to some semblance of normality is clearly the top economic task. But when that is done the economy will still face a critical labor market problem: too many workers earning too little. A recent Brookings study found that 44 percent of American […]

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In Defense of Picket Fences Share This

Rachel Bovard | Sep 03, 2020 | Housing

Re: Populism and Picket Fences

In a recent Commons post, Wells King argues against the Trump administration’s recent gutting of the Obama-era rule U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, more widely known as AFFH. He characterizes the action of largely scrapping the rule, as opposed to merely revising it, as a case of […]

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Yoram Hazony’s Liberal Nationalism Share This

Aaron Sibarium | Aug 31, 2020 | American Tradition

In a previous post, I used the term “synthetic nationalism” to describe what is increasingly the default premise of many conservative nationalists—or, in their words, of many national conservatives. The premise is that restrictions on immigration, tariffs on foreign imports, a more restrained foreign policy, and other “nationalist” measures don’t just help America, but ultimately […]

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Time to Incorporate Competitiveness Into Anti-Trust Share This

Rob Atkinson | Aug 30, 2020 | Antitrust

U.S. antirust doctrine and practice has long failed to consider issues of industrial competitiveness. The result has been a century of government-induced industrial failures. In America antitrust is conceived as oppositional: against market power. Antitrust enforcers have never seen their job as enabling U.S. enterprises (and by extension the U.S. economy) win the global competitiveness […]

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Populism and Picket Fences Share This

Wells King | Aug 25, 2020 | Housing

Re: We'll Protect America's Suburbs (WSJ)

Since at least the inauguration, a central question of this presidency has been whether Trump could cease campaigning and learn to govern. Now, with less than 70 days until the general election, a contrary question is equally pressing: will Trump stop governing like a Republican and start campaigning again as a populist? Gone from Trump […]

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