The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America


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Encounter Books
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Oren Cass is the founder and executive director of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation's liberty and prosperity. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and three children.


"Oren Cass has accomplished the rare feat of not only saying something truly new and innovative about our society, but also doing it in a readable, engrossing way. The Once and Future Worker is a wake-up call to our political class, and indeed the whole country, that rising consumption can't replace that most basic of goods--a job. A brilliant book. And among the most important I've ever read."
- J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy

"No one has better articulated the conservative argument for why work matters to America's long-term prosperity than Oren Cass. Oren's insightful prescription for what ails us should be required reading for those who endeavor to create a labor market in which workers can create and support strong families and communities."
- Mitt Romney

"Oren Cass has written the essential policy book for our time. His diagnosis cuts to the heart of what's troubling our political economy, and his prescriptions chart the way toward a more constructive politics. A must-read."
-Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs

"Through an unflinching indictment of the mistakes that Washington has made for a generation and continues to make today, Oren Cass forcefully draws out the contradictions of a consensus that has actively displaced Americans from their national inheritance of good jobs and thriving hometowns. The Once and Future Worker offers much-needed clarity for how to make the American Dream possible for the many."
- Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

"Oren Cass's focus on the importance of work--and making work pay--offers welcome common ground for policy debates across partisan and ideological lines. His core principle--a culture of respect for work of all kinds--can help close the gap dividing the two Americas that the 2016 election so starkly revealed."
- William A. Galston, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution