The New Politics of Sex

The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Governmental Power

Stephen Baskerville

What Newsweek calls “the politics of sex” is a force far greater than campaigns to recognize same-sex marriage, liberalize abortion, or admit women and homosexuals to military combat. These debates represent only the tip of a much larger trend, the full dimensions and implications of which we are only now beginning to comprehend.

Political scientist Stephen Baskerville argues that at issue is nothing less than the emergence of a new political ideology. It derives its claims to political power from neither economic relations nor ethnicity or race, but from the control of sexuality. Until very recently, scholars and journalists were reluctant to analyze this new phenomenon with any depth or detachment, preferring to avert their eyes for fear of the repercussions. But drawing upon a growing body of scholarship and journalism, Baskerville goes behind slogans of left and right to examine its background and highlight the unmistakable trends that are now emerging. His new work is essential to understanding the impact of this ideology not only on the family and other social institutions, but also on the machinery of government, the criminal justice system, and the global political environment.

Praise for The New Politics of Sex

“In this much-needed book, Stephen Baskerville exposes how—by destroying marriage and family—sexual revolutionaries are destroying the bulwarks that protect the liberty of ordinary men and women. In compelling detail, he explains how these zealots are shackling us to an ever more intrusive bureaucratic state, one that dictates what we can do, say, and even think in the relationships that matter most in our lives. Baskerville’s analysis deserves widespread attention.”

— BRYCE CHRISTENSEN, author of Utopia Against the Family

“I could not put this endlessly fascinating book down after opening it. It reveals how due-process violations and anti-male bias pervade family and divorce courts, and how the breakdown of the family due to no-fault divorce is costly to taxpayers, even as the welfare state fuels it further. It describes how a suffocating climate of political correctness in academia has kept the public in the dark about these abuses. Readers may disagree with parts of it (as I did), but anyone concerned about civil liberties or the family will benefit from reading it.”

— HANS BADER, senior attorney, Competitive Enterprise Institute

The New Politics of Sex is a brilliant, long-needed diagnosis of the deliberately fostered collapse of the institutions of the West. It is a must-read for anyone who has authority (parents, pastors, teachers, politicians, administrators, judges, police, doctors, and more). Never has humankind been up against so darkly brilliant and pervasive an enemy as the one Baskerville unveils. Purchase as many as you can to distribute, and write about it, blog about it, talk about it.”

— PATRICK F. FAGAN​, Director, Marriage and Religion Research Institute

“In this new and vitally important contribution to the analysis of the Sexual Revolution, Stephen Baskerville shows how we have become a nation of beta-male Pajama Boys; how it was intentional, where it has taken us, what it portends, and how even conservatives have missed it.”

— AUSTIN RUSE​, President, Center for Family & Human Rights

“There is or should be nothing more private than sex. In a politically incorrect and courageous book, Stephen Baskerville shows the inevitable consequences of making it public, which ends up destroying the boundaries between the private and the political, thus politicizingeverything.”

— ROBERT R. REILLY​, author of Making Gay Okay

About the Author

Stephen Baskerville

Stephen Baskerville is Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College, and Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, and the Independent Institute. He writes on comparative and international politics and on political ideologies, with an emphasis on religion, family policy, and sexuality. His writings have appeared in such publications as the Washington PostWashington Times, The American ConservativeChroniclesTouchstoneCatholic World ReportCrisis, World Net Daily, Family Policy ReviewAmerican SpectatorThe Spectator, and National Review. He has appeared on national and international radio and television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Dennis Prager Show, The Michael Medved Show, CNN, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg, and others.