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Family Form Follows Function

Effective family policy begins from the institution’s ultimate roles and purposes.

Family Feud: Child Allowance Edition

The Niskanen Center’s Samuel Hammond and the American Enterprise Institute’s Scott Winship debate the case for a “child allowance.”

Home Building

Public Policy for the American Family

Home Building Survey Part I: State of the American Family

Across all classes and regardless of parental status, 60 to 75% of Americans say that the government should do more to support families.

Our Conjugal Class Divide

Marriage has evolved to meet the ideals of the well-educated and left too many Americans unwed and insecure.

Why Bother With Family?

If conservatives do not speak for the family, who will?

Foreword: One Generation Away

Preserving our national inheritance requires public policy to get the family right.

New Collection and Exclusive Survey on State of the American Family

PRESS RELEASE—American Compass’s February 2021 collection, Home Building, provides a conservative vision for family policy

Family Trauma and the Skills Gap

In a recent conversation hosted by American Compass, “What Next: A Multi-Ethnic, Working-Class Conservatism,” Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez discussed the skills gap. “[T]he number one issue that I hear from employers is, I have jobs, I could hire 10 people tomorrow, but either the folks don’t want to do the work that we have, or I just can’t find the right people.”

Families Deserve Dedicated Relief. Senator Hawley to the Rescue?

The pandemic has placed an enormous burden on the lives of parents and children in particular.

Paid Family Leave Can Help Combat the Coming COVID Baby Bust

International evidence shows Paid Family Leave programs can boost fertility rates.

Whole Life: A Common Sense Agenda for Strengthening the American Family

American Compass’s Oren Cass joins a distinguished panel to discuss the need for robust family policy from the political right.

When Market Logic Comes for the Family

I want to offer an addendum to Aaron Sibarium’s recent post “Three Theses About Cuties.” The idea of “sexual liberalism”—that a market-like logic has come to govern sex—is vastly underexplored in conservative circles. It would be valuable to view the concept in light of the insight that the logic governing markets has undergone major changes over the last several generations, as today’s “economic nationalists” are well aware.

In Defense of Picket Fences

In a recent Commons post, Wells King argues against the Trump administration’s recent gutting of the Obama-era rule U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, more widely known as AFFH. He characterizes the action of largely scrapping the rule, as opposed to merely revising it, as a case of the administration bowing to “upper class NIMBYism.” I respectfully disagree.

Some Naturally Negative Thoughts

It is all going to get worse. No matter what happens in November, the weirdness and hysteria that have made 2020 feel so extremely like itself will only escalate into 2021

Women’s Work Preferences are Diverse

In less than 24 hours I will be wheeling my bag through the large revolving doors of the hospital, through the Covid screening point, and up the elevator to the ninth floor to deliver my fifth child due to a medically-necessary induction.

Could Baby Bonds Help Reduce Wealth Inequality in America?

American Compass’s Oren Cass, Senator Cory Booker, and other experts discuss the feasibility of government baby bonds.

“Pay Parents” Isn’t a Pro-Family Position

Debates over family policy are centering on the idea that households should be “paid” for raising children.

The Tipped Red Tricycle: Why Economic Growth Is Not Enough

Material standard of living of course matters to families, but so does the ability to take time off when a family member is sick or when a new baby arrives, to be able to afford rent or homeownership, and to have some semblance of a consistent schedule that allows for time together.