The Village Turns Against Free-Range Parents

Happy with a world in which adults only tend to their own kids?

Someone to watch over me? Please?

Photographer: Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images

Last week I wrote about free-range parenting and the madness of declaring the streets off-limits to unaccompanied children until they’re old enough to run for Congress. This morning, I wrote about the pernicious effects of child support, and how the government, in attempting to fill the roles that were once taken care of by communities, can end up making matters worse, often with the tragic result that poor people who can’t make their payments are punished so severely that their earning power is further eroded.

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