Magazine April 22, 2013, Issue

Modern Family

(Roman Genn)
Developed societies still need kinship groups

Over the coming decade, the debate over the size and shape of government is likely to grow more intense. In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, the project of welfare-state expansion is moving to new frontiers, such as paid parental leave, universal early education, wage insurance, more generous welfare programs, and eased eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits.

Given our present fiscal straits, such proposals seem unrealistic. Assuming economic growth returns, however, the desire for welfare-state expansion along such lines will eventually grow stronger, for a simple reason: Families are falling apart, and government will continue to be called upon to

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

On the Brink

Ginger and Rosa, an intense little coming-of-age drama from the British director Sally Potter, begins with three births: The mushroom cloud goes up over Hiroshima, ushering in the nuclear age, ...
Country Life

Roots Quest

It was not a tough winter in the country, but it was a lingering one, throwing frosts and squalls right through the equinox and beyond. Snow would fall, thin to ...


Politics & Policy


Have Some Compassion I write to express my disappointment at yet another paragraph in The Week devoted to transsexuals (March 25). If I recall correctly, this is the third such news ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ On the basketball court over Easter, Obama shot 2 for 22. Must be the sequester. ‐ While a few state governments enacted new gun-control measures in the wake of the ...
Politics & Policy


A BAD FIT The grapeshot of his words makes ribbons of Her vitals. When one hits a major vein, Her heart will burst, and finally her love Will recognize its efforts were in vain. He ...
Happy Warrior

Undead Reckoning

I try to resist the siren song of metaphor, luring the polemicist onto the gaudy rocks of glibness and meretriciousness only for his sturdy column to crack and sink 400 ...


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