How New Is the Oren Cass Approach?

The public-policy expert has some interesting ideas. But they aren’t necessarily new ones.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ren Cass, formerly a domestic-policy adviser to the 2012 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has launched a new organization, American Compass. Cass told the Washington Post that its goal is “to think about what the post-Trump right-of-center is going to be.” This debate is ongoing; Cass’s contributions to it will be familiar to readers of National Review.

Yet some of Cass’s immediate claims are worth questioning. Cass bemoans a purported domination of conservatism and the Republican Party by a “market fundamentalism — in many cases, held entirely in good faith; in some cases,


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