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Updated: Freedom, the Family and the Market: A Humane Response to the Socialist Attack on the Family

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse at today’s Acton Lecture Series event.

The 2008 Acton Lecture Series kicked off yesterday in Grand Rapids, Michigan with an address by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse entitled “Freedom, the Family and the Market: A Humane Response to the Socialist Attack on the Family.”

Morse, an Acton Senior Fellow in Economics, described how the socialist ideal of equality has played an independent role in the breakdown of the family, arguing that socialism has attacked the family directly, and has adopted policies that have led to demographic collapse. By contrast, Christianity and capitalism offer more appealing solutions to the problems socialism claims to solve, and a more humane approach to dealing with issues of family and gender.

If you weren’t able to attend in person, you can download the audio here (11 mb mp3 file). And don’t forget to set aside some time on February 14 to attend the next Acton Lecture Series event, featuring Dr. Glenn Sunshine’s talk on “Wealth, Work and the Church.”

Update: Video of the lecture is available below.

Marc Vander Maas


  • J R Dittbrenner

    Dear Dr. Morse:
    Did you forget ‘Rosie the Riveter’? My aunt ran a Heat Treat Shop for Hughes Tool and my mother taught school. I believe it was Fascism that caused women to have to go to work.
    In the 19th Ct. women spent long hours in the fields stacking hay or what-have-you.
    Sincerely, J R Dittbrenner