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The Relationships That Don’t Fit on a Spreadsheet Share This

Mary Thompson | Mar 24, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

A few nights ago, several of my six (mostly grown) children were around the dinner table, reminiscing about the days when their maternal grandparents would care for them. Their fondest memories were the little moments you’d think would have gone unnoticed: “Nana knew exactly how much milk to pour in my bowl of Cheerios,” said […]

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Jonah Goldberg Takes On Public Policy Stuff Share This

Oren Cass | Mar 19, 2021 | Politics

Jonah Goldberg, Cliff Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute, had a lot to say about American Compass on a recent podcast, beginning around the 15:00 mark (and still going at the 25:00 mark…).

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The Deliberalizing Imperative Share This

Josh Hammer | Mar 17, 2021 | Politics

The New Right, which stands for nothing if not resuscitating a long-moribund communitarian– and nationalism-inspired strand of conservative thought, is not per se “illiberal,” but certainly questions the limitations of a “conservative” right-liberalism defined by little more than values-neutral proceduralism. Various shades of “illiberals,” “post-liberals,” and even plain-old conservative skeptics of our overly liberalized post-World War II “conservative […]

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A Dream Achieved—Through Mere Luck Share This

Peter Martuneac | Mar 16, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

Improvise, adapt, and overcome. The instructors at Marine Corps Recruit Training drilled those three words into the heads of my friends and myself back in 2010. It’s a pretty linear concept on a battlefield. But what do you do when asked to apply this to chasing the American Dream? It’s ironic—that dream we’re all chasing, […]

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Calling on the Wrong Profession: Time to Listen Less to Economists Share This

Rob Atkinson | Mar 15, 2021 | Economics

As hard as it is to believe, there was a time – before the New Deal – when economists were largely treated like any other interest group, occasionally saying something interesting, but usually ignored by policymakers. All that changed when Keynesian economics started to be seen to the solution of business cycle downturns, and then […]

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A Consolidationist Agenda for the Right Share This

Josh Hammer | Mar 10, 2021 | Politics

Like so many others here on The Commons, I have been delighted by the recent explosion of intellectual energy on the American Right as it pertains to family policy. Considering the near-ubiquitous rhetorical rebranding of the post-Trump GOP as a working-class party, and the party’s envisioned future political base as that of a multiracial working-class […]

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On Family Policy, Proceed with Great Caution Share This

Robin Taylor | Mar 09, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

The new American Compass “Home Building” blueprint on policies for buttressing the American family was thrilling to read, and it reminded me of the earnestness and passion of me and my friends 35 years ago. I sense a reawakening of that same youthful excitement and energy for supporting families from writers like Lyman Stone, Patrick […]

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Cultural Policy for 2021 Share This

R. R. Reno | Mar 08, 2021 | Culture

American society suffers from de-composition and de-consolidation. We are increasingly atomized. People have an attenuated sense of belonging. They are less integrated into family and community. This isolation makes us less resilient and more vulnerable. And it also makes us less stable and more susceptible to ideological infections. American Compass is developing a menu of […]

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Do They Even Know Who They Represent? Share This

Angel Bernard | Mar 04, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

It would be nice if politicians did their job and represented us. Half the time I don’t even know if they know the first thing about the places they claim to represent, much less the people who live here. What is the point of having a democracy if nobody will listen to you? Lawmakers worry […]

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COVID’s Toll on the American Dream Share This

Ruby Nicole Day | Mar 03, 2021 | Coronavirus

The American Dream—people have hung on to those three little words for decades, passed them down for generations. But it’s hard to see how we can believe in the dream right now. To me, the American Dream is having a well-paying job, having good health insurance, earning benefits for your family, and being a meaningful […]

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Introducing the Edgerton Essays Share This

Oren Cass | Mar 03, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

The population of policy analysts and commentators is drawn inevitably from the ranks of the college-educated professionals who excel at and enjoy reading and writing all day. But as more of our politics and policies become nationalized, those doing the politicking and policymaking have tended to become ever more removed from large segments of the […]

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Government Spending Is Already Too Burdensome Share This

Veronique de Rugy | Mar 02, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment was co-authored by Dan Mitchell of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. It is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] At the risk of being caricatured as drown-government-in-the-bathtub libertarians, we think the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit (Fisc) from Oren Cass and Wells King […]

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