Since taking office last year, Senator Josh Hawley has put the beneficiaries of the neoliberal Washington consensus on notice, reminding major multinationals of their obligations to America, challenging the hypocrisy of organizations like the National Basketball Association, and rebuking those who would ignore the threat posed by “woke capital, offshoring, and the growing corporatist alliance between big government and big business.” In July, as new evidence emerged of forced labor in supply chains that reach the United States, Senator Hawley introduced the Slave-Free Business Certification Act and launched the #SlaveFree campaign calling on business and cultural leaders to pledge a new course.
As American Compass emphasizes, widespread prosperity depends on private sector investment in the interests of American workers, not just maximization of global GDP and shareholder profits. Through its “Corporate Actual Responsibility” project, American Compass shines a spotlight on the failure by the most powerful companies on the planet to make good on the obligations that they owe to American workers, families, communities, and the nation. The project’s launch has featured a debate between Notre Dame professor Patrick Deneen and former Secretary of Labor nominee Andy Puzder and will include concrete proposals to reverse policies that encourage wage stagnation, offshoring, and under-investment in the domestic economy.
On Wednesday, August 5, Senator Hawley will join American Compass executive director Oren Cass for a live online conversation about the damage wrought by the decades-long Washington policy consensus and why conservatives must work to re-establish an economy that rewards hard work, investment, and innovation rather than financial engineering and labor arbitrage.