Some conservatives are actually quite good at perpetuating their own lines. If you come from a liberal city, like I do, you might be under the impression that the sort of happy, intact, and numerous families might be next to nonexistent. Especially these days, having more than one vanity child in one of the big cities tends to appear to be a fashion faux pas at the best, and a sign of moral turpitude at the worst.
Just thinking about numbers here, the side that actually focuses on making and raising healthy, happy children will overwhelm the one that focuses on overstimulating a small number of neurotic, unhealthy kids who fail to mature into self-sufficient adults.
For all of their problems in red-state-landia, on the other hand, once you leave those enclaves, it’s actually somewhat common, if less so than it used to be, to find healthy-looking parents with bunches of healthy-looking kids. A sign of success is a room covered in photographs upon photographs of all the various children with the conventional markers of bourgeois happiness, without many traces of the over-educated neuroticism which has become the common language elsewhere.
You just walk into the washing machine room, or whatever, and there are photos posted up of all six kids, at baseball practice, choir, in the graduation cap, all that kitschy stuff that sophisticates like to sneer at. While as a method of interior decoration, it could use some improvement, and one might wonder of the theological implications of making shrines to one’s children, but the phenomenon there symbolized by the photos is worth encouraging.
I should think that any sort of right-leaning cultural thought should focus on making more of the former type of person, and fewer of the inwardly-focused neurotics. This is one of Steve Sailer’s hobbyhorses, but for whatever reason, the mainstream right tends not to emphasize this simple, wholesome message. Partially because America’s political structure is fundamentally ill at ease with the same social and economic dynamics which make families stronger relative to corporate-democratic structures.
It tends to be difficult to maintain a conservative attitude towards family while living in a liberal area, even for work, just because the culture that supports family isn’t present. If it’s socially awkward to get married and have kids, it’s just not going to happen, except during some onset or another of baby rabies. If it’s socially normal to get married and have kids, it tends to happen more often, even among average yokels who own pickup trucks, a good portion of whom have more money than the typical city neurotic, anyway.
It’s not just about ‘affordable family formation.’ It also has to do with shared attitudes towards religion, life, and work.