On the Connection Between the Economic and Social Issues

This file was created in 2011 and has continually been updated — most recently in September 2019.

Important article by John Stonestreet and Robert Rivera: Hong Kong’s Lesson for Beijing . . . and the West: Economic Vitality and the Christian Worldview
The crackdown across mainland China and the attempts to control Hong Kong suggests the Chinese government wants what it cannot have: To enjoy Western creativity and economic vitality while simultaneously suppressing Christianity—the historical source of this Western creativity and vitality.

Video of Tucker Carlson: America’s goal is happiness, but leaders show no obligation to voters

Recommended Reading:

Robin Smith: Morality, Populism, and Cultural Decay
Americans thrive when the family unit is intact.

Bruce Walker: We Cannot Be Great without God

Eric Metaxas: Take a Stand for Marriage

Josh Sabey: ‘Privilege’ Is Just Another Word For Family, And We Need More Of It

Herbert London: Why Government Has Grown

J.G. Maggio: Weak Families = Big Government. Period.

Ben Peterson: The American Dream in Crisis: It’s Time for a New Moynihan Moment

Oren Cass: Social Inequality Matters as Much as — or More Than — Economic Inequality

Jim DeMint: The Connection Between Economic and Cultural Policies

Dylan Pahman: Connecting Religious and Economic Liberty

The Heritage Foundation: Indivisible: Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty

Bill Muehlenberg: Cultural Marxism

Linda Kimball: Cultural Marxism

Selwyn Duke: Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter

Matt Barber: Cultural Marxism and the Communist States of America

Glenn Fairman: Social Conservatism and the Public Square

Ryan T. Anderson: A House Divided Cannot Stand: On Social and Economic Conservatism

Star Parker: Marriage and Abortion are Economic Issues

The Heritage Foundation: A winning conservative message is one that integrates economic arguments with social arguments

Joy Pullmann: Family Policy Is Economic Policy

Star Parker: Cultural Roots of a Fiscal Crisis

Star Parker: Free Markets Plus Individual Virtue Produces Prosperity

Robert P. George: No Mere Marriage of Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism

Joseph Sunde: Family Breakdown, Economic Decline, and the Search for Spiritual Capital

Dennis Prager:  ‘Fiscal’ Conservatism Needs ‘Social’ Conservatism

Robert W. Patterson: Fiscal Conservatism Is Not Enough: What Social Conservatives Offer the Party of Lincoln

Andrew Klavan: The Long Game—Three areas the Right should address, financially and intellectually

Phyllis Schlafly: Phony Divide Between Fiscal & Social Issues

Jeremy Egerer: Why I’m Not a Libertarian

Selwyn Duke: Yes, Folks, We All Would Legislate Morality (Psst, Even You Libertarians)

Heidi Harris: Why Won’t Conservatives Just Drop Social Issues?

Keith Riler: The New Normal — Turning Back Cultural Marxism

Kathryn Lopez: When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America

Tony Blankley: Social conservatism and free-market capitalism are the two parts that make up the one


Newest posted first:

The Illinois Race for Governor: Cultural Marxism Will Crush Fiscal Conservatism

The Illinois Race for Governor and Cultural Marxism

C-PAC: The political right’s intelligence and competence problem manifests again (Part 1)  (Part 2)  (Part 3)

What “Economics-only” Republicans don’t understand

Moral neutrality is no longer a practical policy

Some Republicans on track to repeat past mistakes: Our present crisis is not merely economic and political, but moral in nature

Some Republicans on track to repeat past mistakes: The Liberal agenda is not just economic

Some Republicans on track to repeat past mistakes: Our social and cultural fabric is unraveling

Is Glenn Beck blind to the cultural issues “Overton Window”?

It’s time for a moratorium on the economic issues

You can’t separate economics from morality (Part 1)  (Part 2)

News Alert: Religious Liberty is in the U.S. Constitution

Human nature is the tie that binds economic, social, and foreign policy (Part 1)  (Part 2)

Social Conservatism and Economic Conservatism are “joined at the hip” (Part 1)  (Part 2)

The permanent marriage between economics and morality

Overcoming issue attention deficit disorder: On so-called “homosexual rights”

You can’t have a good economy with a bad culture

Roskam & Kirk: Courage, moral confusion and litmus tests (Part 1)  (Part 2)

Overcoming issue attention deficit disorder: On so-called “homosexual rights”

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

The connection between traditional values and economics

The GOP and the social issues: Civilization is behavior

Notes on a Speech: Fixing bad culture and bad government

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