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The village vs. the family
There are, broadly speaking, two conceptual frameworks for how we approach child-rearing, politically speaking: The “village,” as popularized by Hillary Clinton’s 1996 book on parenting, and the “family,” as conceived by cultural conservatives such as Rick Santorum. As part of our show on motherhood, Chris and the panelists ask: Which of these frameworks actually values and supports family life more? And why are Americans apparently so hostile to the model of government-supported child care that has taken hold throughout the rest of the industrialized world?