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American Compass Releases Conservative Economic Agenda for 118th Congress
Hayek’s Broken Promise
Comparative Disadvantage

A conservative think tank is throwing its support behind proposals long associated with progressives like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders: taxing stock trades and breaking up Wall Street investment banks.

Washington-based American Compass argues such measures are necessary to undo the economic damage caused by decades of excessive speculation and not enough sustainable investment. The plan was released Thursday by founder Oren Cass, a former Bain & Co. management consultant who worked on Republican Senator Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns.

“Investment means actually building something for the future that enhances our prosperity, but most of what we call investment isn’t that at all,” he said in an interview. Cass, 37, said he wants to lay “the groundwork for what a kind of post-Trump conservatism should look like.”

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American Compass Releases Conservative Economic Agenda for 118th Congress

Today, American Compass is releasing New Direction: Conservative Principles & Policies for the 118th Congress, an agenda for economic renewal, focused on the interests of worker, their families and communities, and the nation.

Hayek’s Broken Promise

It is a tragedy that Friedrich Hayek’s excesses, invested with the authority of his (deserved) reputation, became the unexamined default for right-of-center economic thinking in America.

The resulting orthodoxy too often combines a Panglossian insistence on defending market outcomes regardless of their quality with a reflexive belief that policy intervention can only be distortive for the worse.

But when it comes to international trade’s effect on the American economy, a knowing assertion that nothing should be done, followed by yet another “analysis” working backward to an argument that nothing needs doing, will no longer do.

Comparative Disadvantage

If comparative advantage is created rather than discovered, refusing to play the game has consequences.