Author Archives: Alan Thomas


Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas was born in Kenya, East Africa, the son of American grad students. They later became professors at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, which is where he grew up... until the family moved to northern Minnesota in his early teens. He has lived in several other states, and currently resides in Missouri, where he works as a substitute teacher. Recently separated, he relishes the four nights a week his son and daughter spend with him. The rest of the time he spends on a variety of pursuits, including tennis, poker, cinema, French, and his eclectic, ever-expanding music library.

The ChildFREE (Hate) Movement: Childless By Choice

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Childfree. A clever appellation for a group of people who are “childless by choice”, the term conjures up happy associations with words like “carefree” or “worry free”. On the surface (that is, in the carefully chosen words on the front pages of their websites), this childfree movement appears calm and rational, even reticent, in the […]

An Open Letter to Linda Hirshman

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Foreword from Jessica Carlson, Contributing Editor, The Imperfect Parent: Linda Hirshman is the author of the recently published criticism of the inadequacies of today’s feminists, "Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World". She has been criticized for saying that privileged, educated women who choose to stay at home to raise their children are […]

Red Fish, Blue Fish

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Clearly, liberal values nurture children to the pinnacle of their potential, while the effects of conservatism on children are as pernicious as rat poison. I say this not as a liberal partisan, but simply as an objective observer. Well, okay, that’s not quite true, but I submit to you that “objectivity” in areas like American […]