“[Cass’s] core principlea culture of respect for work of all kindscan help close the gap dividing the two Americas….” – William A. Galston, The Brookings Institution
The American worker is in crisis. Wages have stagnated for more than a generation. Reliance on welfare programs has surged. Life expectancy is falling as substance abuse and obesity rates climb.
These woes are not the inevitable result of irresistible global and technological forces. They are the direct consequence of a decades-long economic consensus that prioritized increasing consumptionregardless of the costs to American workers, their families, and their communities. Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency focused attention on the depth of the nation’s challenges, yet while everyone agrees something must change, the Left’s insistence on still more government spending and the Right’s faith in still more economic growth are recipes for repeating the mistakes of the past.
In this groundbreaking re-evaluation of American society, economics, and public policy, Oren Cass challenges our basic assumptions about what prosperity means and where it comes from to reveal how we lost our way. The good news is that we can still turn things aroundif the nation’s proverbial elites are willing to put the American worker’s interests first.
Which is more important, pristine air quality, or well-paying jobs that support families? Unfettered access to the cheapest labor in the world, or renewed investment in the employment of Americans? Smoothing the path through college for the best students, or ensuring that every student acquires the skills to succeed in the modern economy? Cutting taxes, expanding the safety net, or adding money to low-wage paychecks?
The renewal of work in America demands new answers to these questions. If we reinforce their vital role, workers supporting strong families and communities can provide the foundation for a thriving, self-sufficient society that offers opportunity to all.
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About the Author
Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He worked previously as the domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, a management consultant at Bain & Company, and an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
What People are Saying About This
“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 goodsa 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.”
“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 workand making work payoffers welcome common ground for policy debates across partisan and ideological lines. His core principlea culture of respect for work of all kindscan help close the gap dividing the two Americas that the 2016 election so starkly revealed.”
William A. Galston, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unfortunately this right wing screed offers no new ideas for how to promote work. The author simply repeats the extreme solutions promoted by reactionaries for decades: roll back environmental protection to make companies more profitable, reduce the safety net to force people to accept jobs that don't pay enough to live on, eliminate safety regulations that protect workers, reduce the minimum wage, reduce corporate taxes, send fewer young people to college, further reduce the power of unions and shame single parents. If you think that these are good ideas then you will find some statistics and arguments to support them. If you were looking for some new ideas to help workers then look elsewhere.