Social Insurance

“It’s my %$!#ing money” and the hollow populism of stimulus checks Share This

Samuel Hammond | Dec 29, 2020 | Social Insurance

“Checks” risks becoming the rallying cry for a hollow form of populism, one that seeks to merely extract value for the masses rather than build something new and permanent.

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Paid Family Leave Can Help Combat the Coming Covid Baby Bust Share This

Samuel Hammond | Nov 30, 2020 | Family

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

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More on Social Insurance and Conservatism Share This

Ed Dolan | Jul 14, 2020 | Social Insurance

Re: Beware “Social Insurance” Salesmen

In his latest contribution to our ongoing debate over social insurance and conservatism, Oren Cass clarifies some of our points of disagreement. One of them concerns the meaning and nature of “social insurance” itself. Another is whether certain proposals are sufficiently “conservative.” To Cass, social insurance, or at least the kind of social insurance acceptable […]

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Beware “Social Insurance” Salesmen Share This

Oren Cass | Jul 10, 2020 | Social Insurance

Re: Social Conservatism and the “Small Government” Straightjacket

Redistribution is a vital topic for conservatives as we question stale orthodoxies and reexamine how first principles can help to address modern challenges. In this respect I agree entirely with recent comments by Sam Hammond, both here on The Commons and at The American Conservative, insisting that the right-of-center must get beyond “hostility to anything […]

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Social Insurance and Dependency on Government Share This

Ed Dolan | Jul 08, 2020 | Social Insurance

In a recent essay for The American Conservative, Oren Cass criticizes a viewpoint, which he attributes to the Niskanen Center, among others on the center-right, that places a central emphasis on free markets and economic growth even when doing so “necessitate[s] a much larger safety net, widespread government dependence, and the loss of a baseline […]

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