by E. Michael Jones
Libido Dominandi – the term is taken from Book I of Augustine’s City of God – is the definitive history of that sexual revolution, from 1773 to the present. Unlike the standard version of sexual revolution, Libido Dominandi shows how sexual liberation was from its inception a form of control. The logic is clear enough: Those who wished to liberate man from the moral order needed to impose social controls as soon as they succeeded because liberated libido led inevitably to anarchy.
Over the course of two hundred years, those techniques became more and more refined, eventuating in a world where people were controlled, not by military force, but by the skillful management of their passions. It was Aldous Huxley who wrote in his preface to the 1946 edition of Brave New World that “as political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.”
"The definitive history of the sexual revolution"
"a brilliant tour de force of history and interpretation. Libido Dominandi alerts Catholics to powerful enemies of the Church who have harnessed the Enlightenment idea of sexual liberation to the manipulative power of the modern media in order to gain political force. ... this book is a monumental and compelling account of the program to dismantle the Judeo-Christian culture ... a Herculean task in terms of research and documentation ... This book sounds a warning: Until Catholics stop responding to the seductive voice of the dominant culture and instead resist its covert ways, they will continue to lose their unity and their civic and moral freedom."
Rosemary Hugo Fielding, Our Sunday Visitor
"Jones combines masterful storytelling with trenchant analysis ... an excellent analysis of the history of the sexual revolution, showing how society has suffered from its effects and pointing the way to authentic liberation and social reform."
Thomas J. Nash, Lay Witness
"presently the only serious book that reflects an understanding that, in order for a ruling system, in this modern era, to enforce conformity and obedience, it must have developed a technology of control and manipulation that seeks to dominate human passion at the expense of human reason. ... massive tour de force ... Revisionist History at its best."
M. Raphael Johnson, Ph.D., Barnes Review
"This reviewer values the content of this book. ... a Christian culture once directed the country - even its raw capitalism - and now this influence is no more. Michael Jones provides his own well-researched explanation of this phenomenon."
Msgr. George Kelly, StAR
"E. Michael Jones, Catholic muckraker extraordinairre, has written his most compelling book to date - the quintessential history of the sexual revolution. ... part history of sexual liberation, part history of modern psychology and part history of psychological warfare - all woven masterfully into a coherent tapestry of conspiracy, evil genius, and subtle manipulation revealing the tragic consequences of the sexual revolution in the modern world. ... not for the faint of heart or those who blush easily."
Joseph O'Brien, Times Review
"... brilliant study of the sexual revolution ... "
M. Raphael Johnson, The Idyllic
"I am not Catholic nor am I an advocate of sexual liberationist doctrines, and I neither like or approve of our government’s pro-feminist, birth control policies. But I didn’t see the full implications of these policies before reading this book. ... Libido Dominandi is an important book that takes one of the central threads of modernity and pulls it through the skein of the last two hundred years of history. Michael Jones says things that Americans need to hear, and I wish there were a chance that his book could be widely circulated."
"The most unjustly unsung observer of America today, as far as I know, is E. Michael Jones, editor of the Catholic monthly Culture Wars (most of which he writes himself) and author of several wonderfully trenchant books. Among the latter are Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control (2000) and The Slaughter of Cities: Urban Renewal as Ethnic Cleansing (2004), both of which tell the story of the cultural subversion practiced by America's elites, especially such seemingly respectable institutions as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. Jones is as profound as he is prolific. He's also versatile, original, combative, and fearless, naming names and drawing blood. If you think of liberals as well-meaning bumblers, guilty of nothing worse than ‘unintended consequences,’ you need to read Jones."
Joseph Sobran, Sobran's