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A Principled Approach to Conservative Family Policy

Andy Smarick , Daniel Wiser, Jr. & Evan Myers

August 07, 2022

The question of the proper role of government once unified the right, but now it divides it. Some conservatives are increasingly open to an assertive role for the state, particularly in supporting family formation. But what rules and standards should define that role? The principle of subsidiarity can be of enormous help in tackling this question and in shaping conservative family policy. Guest Andy Smarick joins us to define subsidiarity and discuss how it might inform policymakers.

Andy Smarick is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work focuses on education, civil society, and the principles of American conservatism.

This podcast discusses themes from Andy’s essay in the Summer 2022 issue of National Affairs, “Subsidiarity and Family Policy.”  


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