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Home Economics: The Consequences of Changing Family Structure (Values and Capitalism) Paperback – May 16, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0844772608 ISBN-10: 0844772607

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Product Details

  • Series: Values and Capitalism
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Aei Press (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844772607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844772608
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Schulz was the DeWitt Wallace Fellow at AEI and editor-in-chief of American.com, AEI's online magazine focusing on business, economics, and public affairs. He now works in the private sector. He is the co-author with Arnold Kling of From Poverty to Prosperity: Intangible Assets, Hidden Liabilities, and the Lasting Triumph Over Scarcity (2009).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. on September 9, 2013
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I am surprised by Nick Schulz's book. The main thrust of this book highlights the importance of family in creating social and human capital, as well as pointing out that government programs poorly substitute the family structure. Sadly, throughout the entire book, the constant refrain is what policies should be used, what taxes implemented, etc.

The striking rise in broken homes are due to "doing something". The left-wing welfare state policies subsidizes bastardom and single motherhood, so not surprisingly bastardom increases, as does single motherhood. These same policies, also, induce broken homes, as "assistance" for nuclear families is much smaller, if at all, compared to broken homes. Parents have actually divorced because it financially made sense to do so. Lastly, the psychological impact of generations being trapped in the welfare cycle causes resentment and entitlement.

My policy recommendation, if Nick should so ask: STOP DOING "SOMETHING". The nearly monomaniacal ego needed to decide that other people are living incorrectly, combined with the certainty that you can't possibly know what's best for other people, especially those you don't know, are at least two reasons to refrain from "doing something".

As radical as this sounds, treat everyone the same. Tax people the same. Offer the same services to everyone, etc. Liberty and freedom are about making choices for your life and living with the consequences, good or bad. The knee jerk response of those arrogant enough to think they know how to run other people's lives actually makes things worse. If you think not, go to any major city, then go to areas considered ghettos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By charlotte's web on June 4, 2014
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Reveals how feminism and capitalism affect the economy, not just social cohesion. This book exposes the truth about how family disintegration is disasterous on more levels than simply the emotional well being of our kids. Or rather, it shows how economics and social cohesion are inextricably tied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By readsaton on May 8, 2014
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A must read for anyone interested in the economic implications of the breakdown of the family unit. Quick short read, great explanation on why this issue has been put on the back burner as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on February 3, 2014
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Nick Schulz brings up the uncomfortable topic of family disintegration and shows the correlation to intergenerational poverty and perverse government policy.

He summarizes data and presents tables and graphs to illustrate his main points: In 5 decades, marriage has dramatically declined. At the same time, the poverty statistics for children raised in single-parent household have not become less grim.

The book details in depth the ways that solid families have positive beneficial impacts on the lives of the poor. Families teach the basics of character: empathy and self-control.

No government policy will be able to reverse this trend. An apocalyptic culture change has occurred; the best way to address it is not through government intervention. Schulz cites the changing of social norms surrounding cigarette smoking with a sign of how activists can address the issue.
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