As Carlson and Mero say any manifesto should, theirs includes a historical interpretation, a bill of principles, and a program for action. The family consisting of a married man and woman and their biological children has been under ideological and practical attack since the eighteenth century, more powerfully than ever before from the 1960s on. Against this history, they pose the principles of a revivified profamily movement, the central one of which is that the family, not the individual, is the basic unit of society. To restore the family in the U.S., they advocate family-friendly tax policies, legal protections for marriage, the family wage (i.e., sufficient to support a child-rearing spouse and children), homeschooling, controls on abortion and contraception rather than population growth, incentives to home ownership and home enterprise, and other measures. The chapters following the manifesto proper bolster the historical interpretation, marshal social-science evidence supportive of the principles, and expand upon the action proposals. Perhaps the most succinct, thorough, and impressive profamily argument yet made. Olson, Ray
About the Author
ALLAN C. CARLSON, PH.D., inaugurated the World Congress of Families in 1997. The founder of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, he has served as a distinguished fellow at the Family Research Council. The author of nine books, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, Touchstone, and Intercollegiate Review, and is the editor of The Family in America.
PAUL T. MERO worked for several years on Capitol Hill and is now the president of the Sutherland Institute, a public policy think-tank in Salt Lake City.