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Don’t Talk to Us Like We’re Idiots Share This

Guy Stickney | May 12, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

There’s an easy way to tell when politicians think we’re idiots. They have this way of dancing around the answer when they are asked a question, when even a simple “yes” or “no” would do the trick. But instead, they give us the song and dance and start distracting us by going into subjects that are completely […]

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Why Conservative Populists Should Care About Health Care Share This

John Connolly | May 11, 2021 | Health Care

The insightful refrain of conservative populists goes something like this: The once-prosperous American middle class was built on nuclear families, well-paying jobs, and broad economic prosperity. Today, this simple dream is out of reach for millions of Americans. Conservative populists have done an excellent job articulating potential policy reforms around support for families raising children, […]

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A Canadian Warning on Universal Child Care Share This

Patrick T. Brown | May 07, 2021 | child care

Any discussion of the effects of government-subsidized day care for children inevitably turns to Canada. In 1997, the province of Quebec introduced a universal child care program, offering parents a child care spot for five (Canadian) dollars per day (now Can$8.50). Heralded by some as a success – it brought an estimated 69,700 moms into […]

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Honoring Motherhood with Paid Leave Share This

Amber Lapp | May 07, 2021 | Family Policy

Since Abigail Tucker’s book, Mom Genes: Inside the New Science of Our Ancient Maternal Instinct, was released a few days ago, I’ve been listening to the audiobook whenever I get a spare minute—while doing dishes, folding laundry, waiting in the school pickup carline, rocking the baby to sleep. My nine- and seven-year-old sons were fascinated […]

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The Bully Platform Share This

Jonathan Askonas | May 06, 2021 | Big Tech

The Tyranny of Big Tech, by Josh Hawley (Regnery, 200 pp. $30) Since his election in 2018, Senator Josh Hawley has distinguished himself by his broad-ranging criticism of Big Tech. In his new book, The Tyranny of Big Tech, he attempts to revive the spirit of trust-busting exemplified by Teddy Roosevelt against the companies he […]

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A Warning From the UK: Don’t Let Government Take Over Child Care Share This

Ryan Bourne | May 05, 2021 | Family Policy

Libertarians and American Compass-types disagree on plenty. But here’s something that should unite us: the desirability of having families, rather than the federal government, decide which care settings are best for young children. While all parents have strong opinions on this question, a confident, pluralistic society should allow a thousand child-care flowers to bloom, meeting […]

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Should a Child Benefit Be Based on Marital and Employment Status? Share This

Amber Lapp | May 04, 2021 | Family Policy

Re: Romney, Hawley, Rubio, and Lee’s Building Blocks for Family Policy

In his recent post, Oren Cass helpfully examines the existing family policy proposals put on the table by Republicans this year. As someone who cares a lot about marriage and family, it has been exciting to see this conversation unfold. But I can’t get rid of a nagging reaction that I have to the related […]

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Not Every Family Wants a Big Yard Share This

Kendra Holten | Apr 28, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

The desire to achieve “self-sufficiency” has encouraged us out of the communities we grew up in. When children no longer live with their parents and those parents experience the freedom of an empty nest for the first time in decades, both generations have seemingly met the goals that modern society has set for families. It […]

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Romney, Hawley, Rubio, and Lee’s Building Blocks for Family Policy Share This

Oren Cass | Apr 26, 2021 | Family Policy

Senator Josh Hawley’s proposal this morning for a “Parent Tax Credit” is a welcome expansion of the conservative debate over family policy and, in particular, a federal benefit paid to families with children. Following on Senator Mitt Romney’s “Family Security Act” in February and the subsequent proposal from Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee to […]

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Statistical Gnosticism on the Right Share This

Oren Cass | Apr 21, 2021 | Statistics

Folks, it’s time we had a serious conversation about statistical gnosticism. I talk a lot here at American Compass about the right-of-center’s problem with market fundamentalism—the tendency to say things like, “markets do not fail us, we fail markets” or “as we are dealing with changes in our economy, tax cuts are always a good […]

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The Consultant Class Scores an Own Goal Share This

Patrick T. Brown | Apr 20, 2021 | Neoliberalism

To Americans, the idea of a professional sports league with the same slate of teams competing each year is normal. In Europe, it might lay bare how an unthinking application of market logic to cherished traditions and institutions can kill the golden goose.

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Does Anyone in Power Notice When Government Services Fail? Share This

Dorothy Ramsey | Apr 20, 2021 | Edgerton Essays

Take a deep breath and hold it for ten seconds. Imagine doing that over and over again, 31,536,000 times, not knowing where your children were. That’s ten years—or as long as my daughter was separated from her two disabled sons after their non-custodial father abducted them. But when she went to the police, they barely provided […]

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