Economics

Notes Toward a Supreme Oligarchy Share This

R. R. Reno | Oct 28, 2020 | American Tradition

Most of us are fixed on November 3. This is understandable. Elections are important, and this one seems more important than most. But I live in New York City. As I walk to work each day, my mind does not dwell on Trump or Biden. I go past closed hotels and empty office buildings. At […]

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Giganticism After COVID Share This

R. R. Reno | Aug 21, 2020 | Coronavirus

In March, I could see that our social response to the coronavirus would be more consequential than the virus itself. Natural disasters can do great damage, but they do not usually change societies. By contrast, mass mobilizations for wars in the modern era have been deeply consequential. The lockdowns and country-wide quarantines have been exercises […]

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AEI’s Michael Strain on Projects Like Ours Share This

Oren Cass | Jul 30, 2020 | Economics

Re: The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg

On the most recent episode of Jonah Goldberg’s podcast, The Remnant, AEI director of economic policy studies Michael Strain delivers a harsh assessment of projects like American Compass. According to Michael, “the arguments that they put forward just aren’t well developed,” “they aren’t supported by evidence, they aren’t convincing,” and “the work they’re doing just […]

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John Ruskin and the Purpose of Political Economy Share This

Micah Meadowcroft | Jul 20, 2020 | Culture

As we seek a realignment in American political economy we would do well to rediscover the thought of a 19th-century critic who did not like us very much. John Ruskin (1819–1900) found Americans obsessed with a liberty he considered license and naively committed to an ideal of equality he believed impossible: “also, as a nation, […]

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Marco Rubio Takes on Deindustrialization and Race Share This

Samuel Hammond | May 27, 2020 | Economics

Re: Deindustrialization, racial discrimination, and the case for common good capitalism

The decline in American manufacturing hurt workers of every racial background.

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Yes, We Should Care About Huawei Share This

Rachel Bovard | May 20, 2020 | Economics

Re: Oren Cass Is Advising Marco Rubio on How To Not Be President

In a recent Real Clear Markets column, economist John Tamny made the case that Oren Cass’s policy advice is backwards and will result in political doom for, in Tamny’s words, “the hyper emotional Marco Rubio.” The personal invectives against Cass and Rubio (of which there are several) aside, this sentence in Tamny’s piece caught me […]

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No, U.S. Manufacturing Is Not at an All-Time High Share This

Rob Atkinson | May 11, 2020 | Economics

Daniel Moynihan once stated that “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” This is no more true than with today’s debate over the health of U.S. manufacturing; a debate that is critical to get right if policy makers are to respond appropriately. Apologists for the status quo paint a Pollyannaish […]

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The Free-Market-Fundamentalist Menace Share This

Saagar Enjeti | May 06, 2020 | Coronavirus

The Senate is finally back in Washington and negotiations over the next coronavirus recovery package are underway. The White House’s initial salvo was reported Monday and includes a capital gains tax cut, a measure to increase entertainment tax deductions, and a payroll tax cut.  If you tasked me with putting together a parody recovery plan […]

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A Note of Introduction Share This

Oren Cass | May 04, 2020 | Announcement

Welcome to American Compass. Our mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity. Many of the most insightful and creative policymakers, researchers, and pundits on the American right-of-center, and some on the left-of-center as well, are dedicating tremendous intellectual energy toward […]

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