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Family Feud: Child Allowance Edition
Family Financial Security: Senator Mitt Romney on the Right’s Fight to Support Our Most Important Institution
American Institutions and the American Family: A Conversation with Yuval Levin

Strong families are the foundation of a healthy society. Especially at a time when cultural, political, and economic trends have pushed marriage and fertility rates to record lows, it is crucial for policy-makers to have a clear vision of how public policy might better support family life. One of the primary aims of our politics should be empowering mothers and fathers to better live out their obligations to each other, to their children, and to their communities.

In its ideal form, the family is the social institution by which children are brought into existence, raised, and prepared to take on responsibilities as they grow into maturity. Though no family is perfect, families are small, cohesive communities that should be respected as having both a social and economic role and function. Parents bear the primary and ultimate responsibility to nurture, shape, and educate their children. As such, they should be afforded space, shielded from inappropriate state intrusion or undue market pressures, to fulfill their responsibilities and live out their irreplaceable function.

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Wells King is the research director at American Compass.
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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.”

Family Financial Security: Senator Mitt Romney on the Right’s Fight to Support Our Most Important Institution

A conversation with Senator Mitt Romney about the future of family benefits in the U.S. and what it means for the right-of-center’s future.

American Institutions and the American Family: A Conversation with Yuval Levin

A robust discussion of how well American institutions are fostering the flourishing of American families, hosted by American Compass and Capita.