Allan Carlson

Was 1964 the Most Important Year — Ever?

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Ask an American of even above-average intelligence what happened in 1964, and the predictable answer would be “Beatlemania” (although the politically sensitive conservative might cite the stirring defeat of Barry Goldwater in that year’s presidential race). But what if it…
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Economic Smackdown!: ‘Porchers’ vs. ‘Austrians’

town July 18, 2013
Earlier this month, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute held a summer program for college students in Louisville, Kentucky. Titled “Arguing Conservatism,” the event featured faculty lectures followed by student debates on issues of Constitutionalism, foreign policy, and economics. The latter posed the…
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Romney Photo

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I received my official photo of Mitt Romney in the mail today. It came from the Republican National Committee. It shows Governor Romney standing before an unpainted barn, an American flag hanging to the photo’s  left. Animal stalls appear to…
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The Family-Centered Economy

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Overall, the key corrolations are clear: functional families are strong and large; strong and large families are function-rich.
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Commentary on John Medaille’s Toward a Truly Free Market

chains November 8, 2010
It should help open the ‘closed shop’ of economic theory to a potentially rich and fruitful debate.
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Why Australia Needs a Renewed Culture of Natural Marriage

natural marriage August 23, 2010
Human nature, innate human longings, human biology, and human history are all on your side.
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Out of the Fissure, Real Energy: A Response to God’s Economy

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Perhaps out of these fissures and the current populist turmoil, someone might be able to craft a new, more coherent, and more promising Christian and Democratic coalition.
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Beyond Capitalism and Socialism: Rebuilding an American Economy Focused on Family and Community

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In light of the the economic crisis - and the bright light it sheds on the failings of modern capitalism - there is a need to reconsider older arguments of a "Third Way," a social and economic system that in important respects would be neither capitalist nor socialist.
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“Servile World: How ‘The Big Business Government,’ ‘The Loathsome Thing Called Social Service,’ and Other Distrubutist Nightmares All Came True

July 23, 2009
In response to my posting on “‘A Distributist View of the Global Economic Crisis’: A Report,” several people asked for more specifics regarding the popssible shape of a contemporary Distributist public policy agenda. My address to the conference summarized such…
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“A Distributist View of the Global Economic Crisis”: A Report

July 12, 2009
A conference with this title convened in St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford, England, on Saturday, July 11. Organized by the G.K. Chesterton Institute, the great Chestertonian Father Ian Boyd offered greetings to the participants while the gentlemanly Southern attorney, John Odom…
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Iowa… Place of the Drowsy Ones

April 4, 2009
OWEN TOWNSHIP, WINNEBAGO COUNTY, ILLINOIS: According to one legend, the word Iowa means “Place of the Drowsy Ones” in some extinct Indian tongue. This came to mind yesterday when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously that same-sex couples have…
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Wilhelm Röpke’s Swiss Front Porch

March 25, 2009
One of the few “Austrian economists” to give serious attention to familial, agrarian, and communitarian themes was Wilhelm Röpke , born in Germany yet long associated with his adopted Switzerland. He saw family life as “natural and free,” with the…
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Agrarians Rejoice!

March 3, 2009
We do live in a remarkable age. The last time agrarianism and distributism were taken seriously in America was during the 1930s. The economic crisis of that decade forced people to think beyond the usual economic claims of capitalism and socialism/communism. The rural…
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