It is bizarre that so many Republicans would embrace The Once and Future Worker – based on industrial strategy and social policies to keep alive unproductive jobs and counter-productive local economies – as a manifesto for the future. It sounds more like a Democratic Party policy book from the 1980s. Why then are Republicans welcoming Oren Cass's statist proposals? Politicians are easily attracted to the latest shiny thing. But what makes this particular shiny thing more appealing than ever, and more appealing to Republicans?