The American conservative movement often confuses ends with means. While fiddling around the edges on things like deregulation or tax cuts, the end of any sane public policy regime—strong families—has been abandoned.

In this feature, we put strong families front and center by exploring the cultural, economic, and social threats facing the American family. There’s a variety of solutions on offer these days to restore the family’s preeminence in our public policy regime and we need even more creative energy devoted to the pressing crises of family formation and fertility facing the nation.

Here, we’ve put together a few pieces to explore for anyone looking to familiarize themselves with this important issue. Dive in, and enjoy a short, curated collection on what the challenges we face are, and some ideas on the path forward out of them:

 

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  • Article | A Renewed Social Conservative Agenda | The Dominion on Substack
    • The pandemic has exposed serious social and economic challenges that conservatives should be ready to address, and presents an opportunity to offer a relevant and expanded social conservative agenda, writes Ben Woodfinden.
  • Symposium | Matt Bruenig’s Family Fun Pack | People’s Policy Project
    • Matt Bruenig provides a series of policy proposals that put the American family first. Bruenig writes, “Relative to its European peers, the United States spends virtually nothing on benefits for families with children.1 This dearth of family benefits leads to two cruel outcomes: it denies many people the ability to have the families that they want and inflicts financial ruin on many of those who go through with parenthood despite the lack of social support.” While oriented to a progressive audience, Bruenig offers unique perspectives on everything from free healthcare for children to a child allowance, among other things.
  • Symposium | Home Building: Public Policy for the American Family | American Compass
    • “Home Building offers a blueprint for buttressing the American family. A survey of parenting-age Americans assessed the family’s state,  priorities, and preferences as well as its policy attitudes. Opening essays by Helen Andrews, Kay Hymowitz, Patrick T. Brown, and Lyman Stone explain why conservatives need a positive family policy suited to the needs and interests of the American people. American Compass’s Oren Cass and Wells King weigh the arguments for improving family benefits and offer a new proposal, with responses from experts across the political spectrum. Essays by Sean Speer and Neil Gilbert offer lessons learned about crafting and implementing family policy from abroad, while Michael Lind and Samuel Hammond widen the scope for family policy to transform existing programs and approaches to reform. A range of other experienced policy experts offer potential pathways for reform as well.”

 

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