Allan C. Carlson is president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society and international secretary of the World Congress of Families. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Commission on Children, on which he served until 1993. Over the last ten years he has advised various congressional leaders and presidential candidates on how to craft family-friendly policies and legislation.
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There's a simple but powerful antidote to big government control of markets and economy, and it's more common than you might think.
Once again, it seems, the issue in America finally boils down to the old contest between Hamilton and Jefferson.
Wilhelm Röpke was an unusual free-market economist working in a difficult time. While he was a supporter of the stabilizing effects to society resulting from Christian morality and the traditional family structure, Röpke’s analysis also led him to several conundrums or dilemmas surrounding family life. For example, he avoided discussing ways in which certain incentives of a free economy might tend to weaken family bonds. These and other oversights were perhaps the result of the traumatic force and extreme positions prominent on the world stage during the period of his intellectual formation during and after World War I. . . .
In 1941 the Prairie Farmer, America’s oldest farm periodical, celebrated its one hundredth anniversary. The centennial cover features a drawing of the iconic twentieth-century “new” farmer: tall, young, and slender. . . .
In the wake of communism’s late twentieth-century rout by a victorious market capitalism, the pessimistic prognostications of the economist Joseph Schumpeter attract less and less attention. While not a Marxist himself, Schumpeter adapted some of his arguments from Karl Marx, particularly the view of capitalism as an evolutionary system, one full of nervous energy, one that could “never be stationary.”. . .