Allan C. Carlson

Allan C. Carlson was president of The Rockford Institute from 1986 to 1997, and president of The Howard Center from 1998 until his retirement in 2015.

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  • Louis Bromfield's America
    December 1993

    Louis Bromfield's America

    Malabar Farm drew a large crowd the summer day I was there, mostly busloads of the elderly on excursion from the "senior centers" of Ohio. They came to see Louis Bromfield's legacy—the once famous agricultural experiment that is now a state park.

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  • November 1993

    The Nationalism of Jan Myrdal

    Jan Myrdal, the brooding bad boy of Swedish letters, agreed to meet with me on a Sunday afternoon, at his home near the village of Mariefred. I went to ask this iconoclastic celebrant of China's Cultural Revolution, merciless public critic of his famous parents Gunnar and Alva, and author of 70 other books about nationalism and modern Sweden.

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  • Uncle Sam's Child
    January 1993

    Uncle Sam's Child

    The recent election season opened with hopes high for an intelligent debate of family issues. The 1991 Final Report of the National Commission on Children seemed to have broken the moral and political logjams that had long prevented this dialogue.

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  • November 1992

    The Case for Proportional Representation

    Congressional reapportionment, an orgy of partisan revenge and blatant self-interest mandated every ten years by our Constitution, proved particularly ugly in 1992. In Tennessee, Texas, and other states, judges required minority-dominated districts be carved out to insure representation to blacks and Hispanics.

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  • August 1992

    Rediscovered Family

    The Bush administration has rediscovered the family. A year ago, White House minions strove to torpedo the Final Report of the National Commission on Children, worried that its recommendation of tax relief for families with children might upset the hallowed "budget agreement" with Congress.

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  • June 1992

    The Ants and Elephants of Swedish Politics

    In February, I returned to Sweden after a 15-year absence, and discovered a very different land. In 1976, Americans were viewed with suspicion. We carried the immediate legacy of the Vietnam imbroglio and a vague reputation as "protofascists." These were the heady early days of Prime Minister Olaf Palme.

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  • Confessions of a Housing Policy Junkie
    February 1992

    Confessions of a Housing Policy Junkie

    I spent the 1970's looking for a social policy agenda I could love. I thought I had found one in federal housing subsidies.

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  • December 1991

    An Unexpected Eruption

    Sweden experienced an unexpected eruption of right-wing populism this autumn. While news accounts focused on the electoral defeat of the ruling Social Democrats and the victory of a center-right coalition, the bigger story was the success of two new political parties: one telling the Swedes, "be good"; the other, "be happy."

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  • Motels and Filling Stations
    August 1991

    Motels and Filling Stations

    Rural and small town America is nearly dead. A distinctive culture rooted in family farms, weakening since 1900 and seriously diseased since 1960, emerged from the 1980's in a terminal state.

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  • Fading Into Arabian Nights

    As the shock of American cluster bombs and the distinctive rumble of Abrams tanks fade from the Arabian nights, we world-citizens must begin to sort through the events of the last eight months. Many lessons could be drawn. Allow me to suggest two.

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  • New International Order

    The GATT Trade talks in Europe collapsed and surprised advocates of the new international order. American officials tagged blame on the nations of Western Europe and Japan for their intransigent unwillingness to dismantle national farm programs sheltering indigenous rural communities.

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  • O Canada
    January 1991

    O Canada

    If the fuss over Canada's Meech Lake Accords has you confused, William Gairdner's The Trouble With Canada is a fine place to turn to. The book is a solid personal jeremiad against the egalitarian evils taking root in Canada, and the spineless politicians who make it possible.

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  • Engines of Decline
    October 1990

    Engines of Decline

    Disturbing the Nest is among the finest and most readable works of comparative sociology published in the last ten years, and the most effective critique of the Swedish welfare state now in print.

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  • Leviathan's Children
    May 1990

    Leviathan's Children

    Washington apparatchiks have spent the last two decades in a frustrating search for a theme that could carry the sagging American welfare state. There are signs now that they have finally identified a, two-headed creature slouching toward Bethlehem-on-the-Potomac to be born: "families" and "children."

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  • An Exhausting Criminal Trial

    Peggy Buckey's acquittal and the acquittal of her son Raymond Buckey on 52 counts of child molestation brought an end to a highly publicized and exhausting criminal trial. Less noticed, perhaps, were postmortems on the case by jury members, who described the excesses and strange ironies of a governmental crusade "to save our children."

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  • December 1989

    The Anti-Drug Crusade

    The Anti-Drug Crusade contains the common hype along with always-commendable pledges to crack down on drug criminals and introduce "zero tolerance" for users. Nonetheless, President Bush's war on drugs can only fail, for it insists on attacking the symptoms of the problem rather than the real disease itself.

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  • October 1988

    Day Care and Illegal Drugs

    Day care and illegal drugs are hot political issues. Yet there has been little public discussion of the relationship between changing family patterns and the use of illegal drugs.

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  • Charity Begins At Home
    August 1988

    Charity Begins At Home

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth, when she was asked her opinion of her cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt, described him as "One third mush and two thirds Eleanor." The same could be said of FDR's creation, the welfare state: one third mush; two thirds Eleanor.

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  • First Mass Mailing

    "Understanding AIDS," the U.S. Surgeon General's brochure on "public enemy number one," has been called the first mass mailing of a federal policy message to every American household.

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  • March 1988

    Heroes Wanted

    In that bloated morass called American higher education, only a few institutions remain that are committed to the classical virtues and to learning as an induction into Western civilization. Hillsdale College is counted among that number.

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