Can a Healthy Society Have One Without the Other?

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Controversial Hungarian Prime Minister ­Viktor Orbán recently made global headlines yet again—this time for his bold plan to increase the Hungarian birthrate. The most prominent feature of the plan is to grant any Hungarian woman who gives birth to four or more children an exemption from income taxes for the rest of her life.

With a birthrate hovering around 1.5 children per woman (replacement level is 2.1), Hungary is among the lower-reproducing nations in...


is the managing editor of the Howard Center's quarterly journal, The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #49, Summer 2019 Copyright © 2019 Salvo |