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The American Compass Podcast
57 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Critics Corner with Jon Hartley
On this episode of Critics Corner, Oren is joined by Jon Hartley, a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and a former senior policy advisor to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. They discuss the purpose of finance, the value it creates, the places it can go wrong, as well as the pros and cons of various policy responses—including some they actually agree on.
44 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Critics Corner with Grover Norquist
On this episode of Critics Corner, Oren is joined by Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. They discuss the nature of the right-of-center political coalition, whether the average GOP voter simply wishes to be “left alone,” the state of the American economy, and how public policy can help the average household and worker. Spoiler: Oren is not convinced to sign the tax pledge.
39 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Critics Corner with Prof. Donald Boudreaux
On this episode of Critics Corner, Oren is joined by one of our most active critics and open-letter writers, Donald Boudreaux of George Mason University. They discuss a wide swath of disagreements, including public choice and the knowledge problem, whether the SEC or public schools should exist, and what role industrial policy played in the development of Japan and China. Plus, Professor Boudreaux gives some insight into his personal investment strategies.
32 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Lost in the Super Market: All-Knowing Algorithms
What happens to personal data as the digital age deepens their quality, widens their availability, and creates new uses for them? Alec Stapp (Progressive Policy Institute) and Wells King (American Compass) exchange over the implications of “All-Knowing Algorithms” with Oren Cass.
44 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Lost in the Super Market: Attention Economy
What happens to media as the digital age enhances their ability to engage consumers? As a part of our "Lost in the Super Market: Navigating the Digital Age" collection, American Compass convened contributing writers Matthew Crawford (UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture) and Peter Suderman (Reason) to discuss the ramifications of the "Attention Economy" with Wells King (American Compass).
44 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Lost in the Super Market: Frictionless Exchange
What happens to markets as the digital age improves their efficiency and introduces them to new domains? As a part of our "Lost in the Super Market: Navigating the Digital Age" collection, American Compass convened contributing writers Wingham Rowan (Modern Markets for All) and Neil Chilson (Charles Koch Institute) to discuss the advent of frictionless exchanges with Wells King (American Compass).
27 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Grand Old Party and the Working Class with Leader McCarthy
Leader McCarthy joins American Compass to discuss his efforts to reach out and grow the Republican coalition, what it takes to build a GOP that is better attuned to the concerns of working class Americans, and where he sees the party going in the coming years.
27 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Fulfillment: A Conversation on Amazon and Regional Inequality with Alec MacGillis
Fulfillment author Alec MacGillis joins American Compass research director Wells King for a conversation exploring what the growth of Amazon means for the future of inequality in the U.S., the pros and cons of “one-click America,” and how policymakers and consumers should respond.
40 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Critics Corner with Stephanie Slade
On the first episode of Critics Corner, Oren is joined by Stephanie Slade, managing editor of Reason magazine. They discuss the importance of liberty to the common good, whether government should fund research or infrastructure, the meaning of free trade in the context of China, and quite a bit more.
34 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Family Financial Security: Sen. Romney on the Right’s Fight to Support Our Most Important Institution
Senator Mitt Romney joins us for a conversation about what draws him to family benefits, why he thinks conservatives should embrace the Family Security Act’s approach, how he sees this debate fitting into the broader one about the right-of-center’s future.
32 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Trade After Trump: A Post-Mortem with Former USTR Robert Lighthizer
Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer joins American Compass executive director Oren Cass for a conversation about his work as the U.S. Trade Representative, the overhaul of America's economic relationship with China, successes achieved and lessons learned, and key challenges facing the Biden administration.
44 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
What Next: A Multi-Ethnic, Working-Class Conservatism
Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez join American Compass executive director Oren Cass for a conversation about how to build a conservative agenda that appeals to a multi-ethnic, working-class base.
60 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
What Happened: The Trump Presidency in Review
In a new collection, What Happened: The Trump Presidency in Review, American Compass and The American Conservative convened leading conservative analysts to dissect the successes and failures of the Trump administration and consider what the conservative movement can learn from it going forward. Ross Douthat of the New York Times, Rachel Bovard of the Conservative Partnership Institute, and Oren Cass of American Compass speak with Arthur Bloom of The American Conservative about what they see as the key lessons of the past four years.
43 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
Government Of, By, and For the Elite
American Compass's Oren Cass interviews the authors of Dignity (Chris Arnade) and Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance), discussing Ruy Teixeira and Henry Olsen's essays in our October collection, PARTY FOUL: How the Left and Right Fail American Voters. Our guests describe the dynamics that lead to a politics disconnected from the economic and cultural mainstream and identify possible glimmers of hope.
34 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
Financialization in America
In this episode, Washington Free Beacon editor Aaron Sibarium and small business investor Sam Long discuss the financialization of American business culture and its impacts on our economy and society.
30 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Corporate Actual Responsibility: A Conversation with Senator Josh Hawley
Senator Josh Hawley talks with American Compass executive director Oren Cass about the empty platitudes and hypocrisy of “woke capital” and why conservatives must work to prioritize the needs of workers and families in their economic policy agenda.
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