• Must We Kill the Economy To Kill the Virus?
    Blog
    March 24, 2020

    Must We Kill the Economy To Kill the Virus?

    President Trump is said to be privately expressing a deepening concern at the damage the coronavirus shutdown is doing to the U.S. economy and debating whether it can be safely reopened. Though castigated for his remark, Trump has a point.
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  • Trail Life: A Christian Answer to the Boy Scouts
    Society & Culture
    January 1, 2020

    Trail Life: A Christian Answer to the Boy Scouts

    When Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced their decision to welcome and validate openly homosexual boys six years ago, Cub Scout mom Theresa Waning saw the writing on the wall. Shortly after BSA’s announcement, the church chartering her son’s...
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  • In Fair Verona, a Fight for Family
    Correspondence
    September 1, 2019

    In Fair Verona, a Fight for Family

    My husband and I touched down in Venice in late March, rented a Fiat 500, and drove through a rolling Italian countryside spotted with vineyards. Our destination was the medieval town of Verona. Verona has become something of a political...
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  • Spying on the American Remnant
    Reviews
    September 1, 2019

    Spying on the American Remnant

    As a boy, your author lived in a working-class neighborhood just outside Houston’s city limits. My parents were the children of rural people who had come to Houston looking for work during the Great Depression. They lived in frame houses sitting...
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  • Life Is Not a Fantasy
    Column
    March 7, 2019

    Life Is Not a Fantasy

    The reality of place has weighed heavily on me from a very young age. My knowledge of self has always been inseparable from the place in which I live.
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  • Tucker Carlson’s Firebell
    Editorials
    February 10, 2019

    Tucker Carlson’s Firebell

    Tucker Carlson shook the punditariat, liberal and conservative alike, with his incisive analysis, delivered during one of his show monologues, of the breakdown of the American family, a genuine four-alarm crisis that cannot be exaggerated.
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  • Families
    Column
    July 7, 2018

    Families

    On July 18, 1969, Sen. Edward Kennedy infamously drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. He had left a late-night party with an aide named Mary Jo Kopechne supposedly to take her to the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.
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  • The Unmet Mentor
    Society & Culture
    July 7, 2018

    The Unmet Mentor

    Life changed forever for me and my family on June 19, 2015, when tragedy struck suddenly. In the aftermath, I turned to an old mentor. In the ashes of our loss and dismal emptiness, I opened A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis. The first...
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  • Too Steep a Price: Why the Liberal Family Died
    Society & Culture
    November 5, 2017

    Too Steep a Price: Why the Liberal Family Died

    Over half a century ago, the family system advocated by John Locke and modeled on Lockean liberalism seemed to have triumphed completely in the United States, in Western Europe, and globally.
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  • Never and Always
    Correspondence
    March 2, 2017

    Never and Always

    I turn down the soothing voice of “Gentleman Jim” Reeves. He looks at me from the CD case, a face thought of as handsome in his day, though Jim seems too mature and, maybe, just a bit innocent, even naive, for our jaded time.
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  • A City on a Hill—With Transgender Toilets?
    Views
    March 2, 2017

    A City on a Hill—With Transgender Toilets?

    As Carle Zimmerman argued, moral implosions and civilizational collapse have happened before, and they have always been followed by periods of renewal. People stumble their way back to the “fundamental mother-source” of civilizational strength:...
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  • Dope Fiends of the West
    Column
    February 5, 2017

    Dope Fiends of the West

    What underlies all of the social science about the effects of smartphone addiction is an assumption about the good—what is right versus what is harmful for society.
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  • The Stork Theory
    Views
    October 8, 2016

    The Stork Theory

    Business Insider recently reported “a mind-blowing demographic shift” that is about to occur. Considering the globe’s whole human population, the number of adults age 65 and older will in a few years be greater than the number of children under...
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  • Mechanical Nihilism
    Reviews
    October 11, 2015

    Mechanical Nihilism

    This is a book about life in a society from which higher goods have been expelled, leaving no place for love, wonder, or beauty.
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  • Family Tradition
    Perspective
    May 7, 2015

    Family Tradition

    Michelle Parker, a young mother of two, disappeared from her Florida home in 2011 and has never been seen again. The only suspect in her disappearance is her husband, who has left the state with the two children.
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  • Paterfamilias
    Correspondence
    May 7, 2015

    Paterfamilias

    In America today, we seem to face two alternatives: accepting hordes of invaders with alien cultures and ideologies, who are unwilling to assimilate and whose presence endangers the vestiges of our civilization; or homogenizing America into a...
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  • Dabbling in DAPA
    American Proscenium
    April 6, 2015

    Dabbling in DAPA

    In mid-February, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen issued an injunction enjoining the Obama administration from implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA).
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  • Rebuilding the  Family Castle
    Perspective
    October 12, 2014

    Rebuilding the Family Castle

    A police officer stops two black teenagers sashaying down the middle of a public street. According to law enforcement and at least one noninvolved witness, one of the two—a six-foot four-inch, 300-pound behemoth—charges the cop and goes for his...
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  • Virtual Neighborhoods
    Perspective
    June 5, 2014

    Virtual Neighborhoods

    “We’ve turned into a nation of TV watchers, video-game players, and virtual sex addicts,” observed the cheerful old cynic.
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  • Suicide State
    Correspondence
    March 3, 2014

    Suicide State

    “We don’t divorce our men; we bury them,” instructs Stella Bernard, played by a loony Ruth Gordon, in Lord Love a Duck (1966). That’s certainly better social policy than America has pursued since 1970, with no-fault divorce shattering...
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  • Prosperity
    Correspondence
    December 1, 2010

    Prosperity

    Declining prosperity is now a settled fact of American life. Prosperity is not measured by the day’s average of stock speculation, or the profits of bankers, or the munificence of government subsidies and salaries, or the consumption of luxury...
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  • Break out the Booze?
    Perspective
    September 2, 2010

    Break out the Booze?

    No healthy boy has ever wanted to go to school. I know I did not. Parents who are confronted with a son who has played hooky or feigned a stomachache will sometimes try to reason with him, explaining why it is important to get a good education....
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  • Child Abuse, the State, and the Russian Family
    Correspondence
    June 3, 2010

    Child Abuse, the State, and the Russian Family

    It was another episode in a series of shocking crimes against children. Little Sasha, just three years old, was pulled from the frigid waters of the Pekhorka River in January 2009.
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  • A Poverty of Spirit
    Vital Signs
    May 1, 2010

    A Poverty of Spirit

    A little-known federal program called Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fosters dependency and destructive behavior among our nation’s poor. SSI was begun in 1974 with the intention of helping aged, blind, and disabled people of little or no...
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  • Adopting Indecency
    Views
    May 1, 2010

    Adopting Indecency

    It’s not normal anymore to talk about normal. Yet, in so speaking, Scott Brown was 1,000 percent right. It really, truly, honestly is not normal for two people of the same sex to undertake the vital and holy estate of parenthood.
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  • Janie's Got a Gun
    American Proscenium
    January 1, 2010

    Janie's Got a Gun

    The bodies were barely cold at Ft. Hood when Slate.com writer William Saletan unlimbered his guns. It is, he announced, time for the military to lift its policy exempting women from combat.
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  • The End of the Chain
    Column
    June 1, 2009

    The End of the Chain

    The global decline of fertility rates may well be the single most important trend in the contemporary world, a phenomenon that will transform our societies into something radically different from anything in recent history.
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  • A Home Is for Living, Not Flipping
    Views
    January 1, 2009

    A Home Is for Living, Not Flipping

    Did academics count the homes in Levittown? No, they were too busy deconstructing suburbia after World War II. But one tends to notice such minutiae in real neighborhoods where everyone knows his neighbors, including their strengths and weaknesses.
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  • Europe’s Self-Jihad
    Vital Signs
    December 3, 2008

    Europe’s Self-Jihad

    The Report on the Evolution of the Family in Europe 2008, published by the Institute for Family Policies in Madrid, suggests that the family is being closed down and sold off at bargain-basement prices.
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  • The End of the American Middle Class
    Views
    April 3, 2008

    The End of the American Middle Class

    We have now entered a new age which will not have a name or a designation until, I think, at least one or two centuries from now: But then, such is the evolution of historical terminology.
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  • The Failure of “Family Policy”
    Vital Signs
    January 3, 2008

    The Failure of “Family Policy”

    Welfare reform was supposed to discourage unmarried child­bearing. However, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) recently disclosed that out-of-wedlock births are at a record high.
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  • “Family Values”: Illegal Aliens and Their Sex Crimes
    Vital Signs
    April 1, 2007

    “Family Values”: Illegal Aliens and Their Sex Crimes

    Whatever President Bush says about the “family values” of the growing horde of illegal Mexican immigrants, chilling newspaper accounts and cold data tell a different tale.
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  • A Threat to Our Very Way of Life
    Column
    March 1, 2007

    A Threat to Our Very Way of Life

    Here’s a heresy for you. A grave danger is lurking among us, caused by certain people who are spreading lies—and in the name of Christianity! So grave is this danger that it threatens our very way of life.
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  • Attacking the Traditional Family
    Cultural Revolutions
    November 3, 2005

    Attacking the Traditional Family

    The traditional family is being attacked with an unconventional weapon: children’s story books. As books promoting a pro-homosexual ideology have slipped into public elementary-school libraries across America, unsuspecting children as young as...
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  • Outsourcing Parenthood
    News
    September 1, 2005

    Outsourcing Parenthood

    Two categories of parents emerged in the 1970’s: those who wanted to rear children and those who merely wanted to have them.
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  • Measuring Our Culture of Death
    News
    January 1, 2005

    Measuring Our Culture of Death

    One side is celebrating, the other rending their garments, but both sides are wondering if the outcome of the November presidential election might signal a springtime for traditional moral values in America.
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  • Finding Eden
    Views
    December 1, 2004

    Finding Eden

    I have been a citizen of the sovereign state of California for most of my life. I can guarantee you, Alta California is not merely a result of the proverbial dreamin’, a state of mind, but an actual place.
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  • Hatemongers
    Perspective
    July 1, 2004

    Hatemongers

    What do you call a man who loves his country but is not so enthusiastic about the government that confiscates half of his income?
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  • The Myth of an Antiglobalist Left
    Views
    July 1, 2004

    The Myth of an Antiglobalist Left

    As I write, Washington has just been subjected to a weekend of left-wing protests that even the conservative-oriented Washington Times estimated brought 500,000 demonstrators to the nation’s capital.
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  • What Kind of Freedom?
    Views
    July 1, 2004

    What Kind of Freedom?

    When family and culture are under constant attack, there sometimes seems to be no greater enemy than the American Civil Liberties Union.
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  • Remembering the Covenant
    Vital Signs
    October 1, 2003

    Remembering the Covenant

    During his term as president, Jimmy Carter, then a Southern Baptist, called for a White House Conference on Families in order to redefine family as any group of humans living together—so general a definition that college roommates or even a...
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  • Real Education Reform
    Vital Signs
    September 1, 2003

    Real Education Reform

    Over the years, the NEA has amassed some 300 policy positions, itemized as annual resolutions and set out in a published legislative agenda. The publication purportedly reflects all educators’ beliefs on assorted issues, from homosexual advocacy...
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  • God, Man, and Family
    Vital Signs
    November 1, 2002

    God, Man, and Family

    The first chapter of the Bible forms the basis of the Christian understanding of the nature and dignity of man—and woman: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).
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  • In Praise of the Clan
    Perspective
    November 1, 2002

    In Praise of the Clan

    A new Dark Age is already upon us, and perhaps we might learn a few lessons from the last one.
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  • Pro-Family, Pro-State?
    Views
    November 1, 2002

    Pro-Family, Pro-State?

    Freedom is under serious assault today. Government takes and spends nearly half of America’s income. Regulation further extends the power of the state in virtually every area of people’s lives.
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  • Molecular Families
    Views
    November 1, 2002

    Molecular Families

    As we look around at the pandemonium that characterizes the circus maximus of our once-great culture, there are few things as striking as the large number of what we might call “disconnected pockets of sanity,” otherwise known as nuclear families.
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  • The Family Against the Globalists
    Views
    November 1, 2002

    The Family Against the Globalists

    I once knew a lady who ran for governor of the state of Pennsylvania on the promise that, if elected, she would run the state like a family. Unfortunately, she lost the election, so we will never know what that would have been like.
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  • Ethnic Cleansing
    Column
    August 1, 2002

    Ethnic Cleansing

    Family traditions often get started by accident—especially, perhaps, those that center on food.
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  • Influence on Behavior
    Cultural Revolutions
    April 1, 2002

    Influence on Behavior

    Dartmouth Medical School has published the results of research concerning parental influence upon children’s behavior in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Lo and behold: Parents’ “preaching” works!
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  • Something Both Brighter and Darker
    Column
    December 1, 2001

    Something Both Brighter and Darker

    I went to see director Scott Hicks' Hearts in Atlantis not having read the Stephen King novel on which it is based. The little I knew of King's other fiction was not encouraging. I expected another excursion into bump-in-the-night...
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  • Hell Is Other People
    Vital Signs
    November 1, 2001

    Hell Is Other People

    Robin N—wasn't sure what was wrong. The suburban Milwaukee mother of three had experienced a pang upon turning 35, but these "pangs" seemed to be intensifying as the months passed.
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  • My Son, the Sociopath
    Views
    September 1, 1999

    My Son, the Sociopath

    A few years ago, before my son was born, I spent a weekend in the Hamptons at the country house of a moderately hip American investment banker. There were about 20 of us to dinner that evening, with all the usual cosmopolitan strains amply...
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  • Values Clarification
    Column
    May 1, 1999

    Values Clarification

    "Family values" is one of those political slogans that promises much and delivers nothing. It is a first cousin of such equally equally meaningless Bill-bennetisms as "Western values" and "Great Books." The primary problem with such expressions...
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  • Defending the Family From Its Defenders
    Perspective
    May 1, 1999

    Defending the Family From Its Defenders

    The phrase "family values," as it is used by politicians, marks one of the official borders between left and right in the United States.
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  • Mommy's Little Monster
    Views
    May 1, 1999

    Mommy's Little Monster

    Monsters are an ancient phenomenon in human history: There have always been individuals whose characters are marked by brutal, sadistic cruelty, who lack any redeeming instincts of compassion or mercy.
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  • Family Policy Is Not Welfare
    Views
    May 1, 1999

    Family Policy Is Not Welfare

    Family policy is strangely absent from debates in Europe (the word "family" plays no part in the treaty of European Union signed at Maastricht). In France, however, it has become the object of numerous controversies.
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  • Family Formation in America
    Views
    May 1, 1999

    Family Formation in America

    Parents, some say, are people who use the rhythm method of family planning. One might better say that parents are optimists, people who think that the present is good and the future probably better.
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  • Recent Run of Multiple Births
    Cultural Revolutions
    March 1, 1999

    Recent Run of Multiple Births

    Professional pro-lifers have praised the courage of mothers who, faced with real threats to their health or the health of their unborn children, have rebuffed the modern medicine men offering "selective reduction."
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  • Gingerbread Joshua
    Vital Signs
    December 1, 1998

    Gingerbread Joshua

    I was baking gingerbread men. It was my three-year-old's idea, but his 13-year-old brother thought it would be a great thing to have on his own birthday the next day. I had to go out and buy the cookie-cutters because, at the age of 40 and as the...
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  • Why Asian Population Growth Is Grinding Down
    Vital Signs
    October 1, 1998

    Why Asian Population Growth Is Grinding Down

    Asia's currencies will not be the only things plummeting. Look next for a decline in fertility rates (the number of births per woman) in the countries affected by Asia's financial meltdown.
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  • Courtesy
    Vital Signs
    January 1, 1998

    Courtesy

    It does not take a commune to raise good children, but if, even in private schools, they are not taught to control themselves and parents are too preoccupied to do their duty, what kind of future are we sowing?
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  • Abortion, Adoption, and President Clinton
    Vital Signs
    December 1, 1997

    Abortion, Adoption, and President Clinton

    Last year, in a span of less than six months, President Clinton vetoed the congressional ban on partial-birth abortion, thereby positioning himself, based on public-opinion surveys of the procedure, as an abortion extremist; and spoke publicly,...
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  • Estrogen Poisoning
    Vital Signs
    May 1, 1997

    Estrogen Poisoning

    A first-grade teacher in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., concludes that while some of her pupils suffer various degrees of parental neglect, others seem to be experiencing the opposite extreme.
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  • Morticia of the Homestead
    Vital Signs
    October 1, 1996

    Morticia of the Homestead

    Eagle Forum, the national political organization headed by Phyllis Schlafly, once selected me Massachusetts Homemaker of the Year. My husband nominated me by filling out an application form.
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  • Neonatal Circumcision: Preventive Medicine or Mutilation?
    Views
    October 1, 1996

    Neonatal Circumcision: Preventive Medicine or Mutilation?

    During most of human history, religious explanations and rituals imparted meaning to people's lives and justified controlling their conduct. Today, medical explanations and rituals often perform those functions.
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  • Habla Therapy?
    Views
    October 1, 1996

    Habla Therapy?

    Instruction #1: "Gather the following materials: a pair of scissors, paste or glue to use on paper, and a piece of construction paper, lightweight cardboard, or a plain piece of paper (in that order or preference) at least 8" x 10" and no larger...
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  • "Child Care"
    Cultural Revolutions
    August 1, 1996

    "Child Care"

    Childcare is back in the news, thanks to a new study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
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  • Our Global Parents
    Views
    October 1, 1995

    Our Global Parents

    Many defenders of the family are more worried about world government than the terrific power their own local child savers wield, which is surprising.
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  • Licensing Parents
    Vital Signs
    May 1, 1995

    Licensing Parents

    Licensing Parents, a new book by University of Wisconsin psychiatrist Jack C. Westman, bewails a recent surge in "incompetent parenting," a phenomenon which he defines as depriving a child not only of sufficient food, clothing, and shelter, but...
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  • The Necessity for Ancestor-Worship
    Correspondence
    May 1, 1995

    The Necessity for Ancestor-Worship

    If we do not know about the history of our own families, we should attempt to find out about them. However unremarkable, or even ignoble, these histories may be when seen in isolation, they have become woven into the national being, like...
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  • National Retreat From Marriage
    Cultural Revolutions
    January 1, 1995

    National Retreat From Marriage

    Bill Bennett seems determined to illustrate the old saw that generals are always fighting the last war. As the infantry struggles to arrest the invasion of special privileges for sodomites, now comes the order from the rear to give up the current...
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  • Wind in Their Sails
    Cultural Revolutions
    July 1, 1994

    Wind in Their Sails

    Pro-Family lobbyists on Capitol Hill had a strong wind in their sails last March: the phrase "H.R. 6" had become a verb, meaning "to unleash a tsunami of angry phone calls, letters, and faxes from concerned citizens."
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  • My Old Man
    Views
    February 1, 1994

    My Old Man

    "Sometimes it's hard to be a woman." God knows, Tammy Wynette had hard times to complain of, but if being a woman is difficult at the end of the millennium, becoming a man has always been hard.
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  • Holding On Tight
    Cultural Revolutions
    March 1, 1993

    Holding On Tight

    New Jersey children better hold tight to their allowances because those legislative nannies in the Garden State are at it again. As of last July, kids under 13 who ride their bicycles without wearing a helmet are breaking the law.
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  • A Family Business
    Cultural Revolutions
    March 1, 1993

    A Family Business

    The Schwinn Bicycle Company, which was run by the same family for 97 years, has gone bankrupt. No more Schwinn bikes? I remember mine, and brother Jack's, and those I bought my children in the 50's—visions of delight with their balloon tires,...
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  • Family, Films, and Fallacy
    Correspondence
    January 1, 1993

    Family, Films, and Fallacy

    There's something about a book sale. The blood quickens, the nostrils flare, the eyes narrow. Anyway, it's for a good cause. The "Friends of the Library" are putting it on, and somewhere among those one hundred thousand used books is at least one...
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  • Gradgrind in Love
    Reviews
    October 1, 1992

    Gradgrind in Love

    Richard Posner has a complaint against many of his fellow judges. Owing to their lack of up-to-date information and their conservative backgrounds, his colleagues often decide cases that touch on sex in an ignorant and benighted manner.
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  • My Former In-Laws
    Vital Signs
    October 1, 1992

    My Former In-Laws

    My former in-laws in the United States are direct descendants of Christopher Columbus. This is fact. It will now be demonstrated. No other family in North America can make this claim.
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  • In Loco Parentis, Part II
    Vital Signs
    September 1, 1992

    In Loco Parentis, Part II

    My ten years of research have finally paid off. My article in the February 1991 Chronicles, "In Loco Parentis: The Brave New Family in Missouri," has led to nationwide opposition to the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program that began here in Missouri.
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  • Noni
    Vital Signs
    April 1, 1992

    Noni

    "Whew-whew! Whew-Whew!" I looked past my mother through the half open taxi window. An old man in a grey flecked, tweed jacket was walking a Scotch terrier on a leash.
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  • A World Safe for Democratists
    Reviews
    March 1, 1992

    A World Safe for Democratists

    From one point of view, Who Owns the Children? is a manifesto of educational freedom, an exhaustively researched broadside aimed at the pseudo-academic pretensions of our federal and state governments.
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  • Marriage—the Real Right to Privacy
    Perspective
    March 1, 1992

    Marriage—the Real Right to Privacy

    The 150-year-old crusade for women's rights in America has, in the different phases of its history, devoted its energies to diverse causes. In the decades before and after the War Between the States, the principal cause was the right of married...
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  • Social Security as Family Policy
    Views
    February 1, 1992

    Social Security as Family Policy

    Almost two years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan did the nation a great service by making Social Security safely controversial.
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  • In Loco Parentis: The Brave New Family in Missouri
    Vital Signs
    February 1, 1991

    In Loco Parentis: The Brave New Family in Missouri

    Many people are concerned about the problems that face our nation today, and the good folks at the Missouri Department of Education are no exception. In an attempt to reverse the decline in enrollment and the high dropout rate, and to win back...
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  • On the Study of History
    Views
    February 1, 1991

    On the Study of History

    American society is in trouble, and not only because our traditional values and institutions are under siege. The nuclear family is crumbling as a result of government policies that are ruthless when they are not mindless.
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  • Alone Among Strangers
    Vital Signs
    October 1, 1990

    Alone Among Strangers

    At the moment the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of states to enact parental consultation abortion statutes, the abortion-advocacy organizations went into high gear.
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  • Engines of Decline
    Reviews
    October 1, 1990

    Engines of Decline

    Disturbing the Nest is among the finest and most readable works of comparative sociology published in the last ten years, and the most effective critique of the Swedish welfare state now in print.
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  • Inventing History
    Reviews
    October 1, 1990

    Inventing History

    If there were an award for the most successful revolutionaries of the 20th century, two relatively unsung yet worthy candidates would be Gunnar and Alva Myrdal.
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  • Freedom and Morality
    Views
    October 1, 1990

    Freedom and Morality

    F.A. Hayek, in The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism, offers us one insight into the nature of freedom and morality. Hayek argues that the major world religions have succeeded and endured because they reinforce the weak and imperfect points...
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  • Restoring Family Autonomy in Education
    Views
    October 1, 1990

    Restoring Family Autonomy in Education

    Mark Twain once confided that he received public schooling as a child but never let it interfere with his education. Millions today are not so fortunate; for their education is being interfered with.
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  • Exposing Paradoxes
    Cultural Revolutions
    August 1, 1990

    Exposing Paradoxes

    Children are dying in an increasing number of ingenious ways, and the only thing more disturbing than this trend is the even more ingenious way in which society is rationalizing and legally justifying their deaths.
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  • A Defense of Drug Addicts
    Cultural Revolutions
    May 1, 1990

    A Defense of Drug Addicts

    A defense of drug addicts another one, in the pages of our family magazine? But defend them we must; this time from prohibitionists who would carry on the fight in utero.
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  • Childocentric
    Cultural Revolutions
    May 1, 1990

    Childocentric

    Europeans accuse Americans of being childocentric, and I guess I'd have to plead guilty. My nine-year-old daughter is the apple of my eye. I want her to live in a society that is moral and free, that looks as much as possible like the old...
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  • Leviathan's Children
    Views
    May 1, 1990

    Leviathan's Children

    Washington apparatchiks have spent the last two decades in a frustrating search for a theme that could carry the sagging American welfare state. There are signs now that they have finally identified a, two-headed creature slouching toward...
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  • The Family Way
    Reviews
    January 1, 1990

    The Family Way

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." I've always thought that Tolstoy underestimated the variety of happy families, but his dictum definitely holds true from at least one point of view, that of family law.
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  • The Ties That Bind
    Reviews
    October 1, 1989

    The Ties That Bind

    Allan Carlson is a humane man, an effective polemicist, a dedicated familialist, and a scholar trained in macroeconomic theory with its panoply of techniques and its characteristic lingo—opportunity costs, utility curves, and the like.
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  • A Prayer for My Daughters
    Perspective
    October 1, 1989

    A Prayer for My Daughters

    In recent months both San Francisco and New York have been the scene of triumphs for the homosexual rights movement's efforts to legitimate single-sex liaisons. . . . Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, appearing on The McLaughlin Group, summed up the...
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  • Family Finances
    Reviews
    July 1, 1989

    Family Finances

    Once a social ideal for many Americans—progressive reformers, labor leaders, enlightened businessmen like Henry Ford, and some New Dealers—"the family wage" has fallen into disrepute in recent decades.
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  • Day Care and Illegal Drugs
    Cultural Revolutions
    October 1, 1988

    Day Care and Illegal Drugs

    Day care and illegal drugs are hot political issues. Yet there has been little public discussion of the relationship between changing family patterns and the use of illegal drugs.
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  • Charity Begins At Home
    Views
    August 1, 1988

    Charity Begins At Home

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth, when she was asked her opinion of her cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt, described him as "One third mush and two thirds Eleanor." The same could be said of FDR's creation, the welfare state: one third mush; two thirds Eleanor.
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  • Sexual Habits
    Reviews
    July 1, 1988

    Sexual Habits

    In writing of sensual pleasures, Thomas Hobbes observed that "the greatest" is "that by which we are invited to give continuance to our species, and the next by which a man is invited to meat, for the preservation of his individual person."
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  • Recovering the Medieval Family
    Reviews
    July 1, 1988

    Recovering the Medieval Family

    Hatred of the past ill becomes a historian. Yet it is hard not to detect this disfiguring animus—paired with an overweening love of contemporaneity—in the works of many modern historians of family life.
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  • Homosexuality and the Family
    Views
    July 1, 1988

    Homosexuality and the Family

    For nearly two decades, homosexuals and their sympathizers have increased their efforts to persuade opinion leaders, educators, clergy, government officials, and the public that their sexual lives, though different, are as normal and natural as...
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  • Discipline By the Wayside
    Cultural Revolutions
    June 1, 1988

    Discipline By the Wayside

    Brats—now we call them hyperactive children—used to be disciplined; these days they are given drugs.
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  • Plummeting Rates
    Cultural Revolutions
    September 1, 1987

    Plummeting Rates

    America's fertility rates plunged in the early 1970's, falling well below the minimal Zero Population Growth (ZPG) of 2.1 children per American woman. Never before has this happened to the nation while enjoying peace and relative prosperity.
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  • Fad Fatherhood
    Views
    October 1, 1986

    Fad Fatherhood

    Participatory fatherhood. Shared parenting. The new American dad. By whatever name, the phenomenon has been two decades in the making, and we should have seen it coming.
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  • Save the Children
    Correspondence
    September 1, 1986

    Save the Children

    Joining a particular church is like marrying: One doesn't get a divorce just because one's husband's relatives lack aplomb—and the Bridegroom is ever constant.
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  • Selling Out the Kids
    Reviews
    June 1, 1986

    Selling Out the Kids

    Most parents, especially those with teenagers, know the increasing costs of having children, but in Pricing the Priceless Child, Viviana Zelizer investigates the declining economic value of American children during the past century.
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  • An Untimely End
    Reviews
    June 1, 1986

    An Untimely End

    There used to be two Daniel P. Moynihans. One wrote interesting essays on the foibles and pitfalls of crafting public policy. While seldom mistaken for a rigorous social scientist, this Moynihan had a gift for translating the esoteric findings of...
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  • Shotgun Marriage
    Reviews
    June 1, 1986

    Shotgun Marriage

    Reproductive control and genetic manipulation have been making the headlines for years. One day new developments in birth control herald a freer, happier world for women.
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  • Parent Abuse
    Reviews
    May 1, 1986

    Parent Abuse

    As tales of child abuse are screamed out on the nightly news, pressures mount for a national policy.
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  • Equal Opportunity and the Limits of Liberalism
    Views
    May 1, 1986

    Equal Opportunity and the Limits of Liberalism

    The last two decades have seen a remarkable revival in academic political philosophy, particularly in the English-speaking world. A subject which was widely pronounced dead in the 1950's has recently produced thousands of articles and numerous...
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  • A Woman's Dreams
    Typefaces
    December 1, 1985

    A Woman's Dreams

    "Most women have no Characters at all," wrote Alexander Pope: "Good as well as ill, / Woman's at best a Contradiction still." The contradiction of womanhood will perhaps never be fully solved, but it has generally been considered manageable...
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  • Comparable Worth?
    Opinions & Views
    July 1, 1985

    Comparable Worth?

    Biographers of two tough ladies are bent on keeping their subjects out of the marriage bed and on the Procrustean bed of feminist ideology.
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  • Friends of the Family
    Perspective
    July 1, 1985

    Friends of the Family

    Chris Dodd and Pat Moynihan want the government to work to help the family-just like the Myrdals in Sweden and Joseph Stalin in Russia.
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  • A Family Affair
    Music
    September 1, 1984

    A Family Affair

    One of the little-remarked phenomena of modern popular music is the fact that the familial tradition evident 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s (e.g. the Mills Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, Steve and Edie) continues on.
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  • Of Death and Diapers
    Opinions & Views
    April 1, 1984

    Of Death and Diapers

    Without promising greater self-fulfillment or enhanced self-esteem, the grave continues to enforce its traditional claims, even upon the most liberated rebels against all tradition. All militantly asserted rights to choose among innovative...
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  • Waste of Money
    Reviews
    February 1, 1984

    Waste of Money

    An Empty Shell Game, Misbegotten 'Conservatism', Avarice and the Other Six
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