These days “conservative economics” can mean anything from strict libertarianism to formless Trumpism. But what were the foundations of American conservatism? According to Oren Cass, the executive director of a think tank called American Compass, the answer is simple: family, community, and industry. He shares his mission to reclaim American conservatism and joins Nick and Goldy in a search for some common ground.
This episode was originally released in December 2020. You can find the show notes and transcript for that episode here.
Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic orthodoxy that emphasizes the importance of faith, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity. He is the author of ‘The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America’.
Workers of the World: https://americancompass.org/essays/workers-of-the-world
The elite needs to give up its GDP fetish: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/opinion/us-gdp-coronavirus.html
Oren Cass on the future of economics and society: https://www.manhattan-institute.org/economics-after-partisanship-markets-society
Nick’s twitter: @NickHanauer