It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good

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Open Road Media, Apr 8, 2014 - Political Science - 475 pages
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 Rick Santorum made his name in the 2012 presidential race with his principled conservatism. To understand Santorum’s worldview and vision for America, there is no better source than his New York Times bestselling book, It Takes a Family.

It Takes a Family is one of the most profound and comprehensive books of political thought ever written by a politician. Santorum offers a penetrating look at the social, political, and economic shifts that have hurt American families—and a principled, genuinely conservative plan for reversing this slide.

Here Santorum explains his core beliefs, laying out a humane vision that he believes must inform public policy if it is to be effective and just. Politicians of both parties, he shows, fail to address the way Americans truly live their lives: in families, neighborhoods, churches, and communities. It Takes a Family is animated by an appreciation for the civic bonds that unite a community—an appreciation that lies at the heart of genuine conservatism.


 

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Contents

Preface
IT TAKES A FAMILY
The Task of Stewardship
NoFault Freedom
Families and the Common Good
The Meaning of Family
SOCIAL CAPITAL AND THE TIES THAT BIND
What Kind of Freedom?
Liberty and Virtue
Moral Capital and the Moral Environment
The Rule of Judges
A Personal Aside
The Impact of Partial Birth Abortion
How Abortion Affects Our Moral Ecology
CULTURE MATTERS
The Good the True and the Beautiful

Habits of Association
Trust and Civic Connection
Subsidiarity vs Central Control
Changing Lives Building Families
Parents and Children
Religion and Social Capital
Where Social Capital Is Weakest
THE ROOTS OF PROSPERITY
Abundant Families in the Land of Plenty
Economic Responsibility
Work and Human Dignity
Wealth and Ownership
The Power of Knowledge
FaithBased Transformations
Smart Reinvesting
Wealth and Race
MORAL ECOLOGY
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Ally or Adversary?
Violence and a Coarsened Society
Mostly
Not Withdraw but Engage
CultureMakers CultureMongers CultureConsumers
Culture and Public Policy
EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
Knowledge Truth and Education
Who Rules the Schools?
Not Raising Children but Raising Adults
Bringing the Lessons Home
Moral Truth and the End of
Higher Education and Liberal Education
Conclusion
Bibliographical Note
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Rick Santorum, a former presidential candidate, served in the United States Senate from 1995 to 2007. He was twice elected as the Republican conference chairman, the party’s third-ranking Senate leadership position. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of seven children.

 

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