“As I have told my adult masters students...‘Until you read this, you don't know what you're talking about.’ ... Baskerville is a rhetorical master.... You cannot pass this up...an absolute must read. It's transformative.”
Dr Frederick Feldman
Unconventional Perspectives on
Politics, History, Religion, Law, Sex
& Higher Education
About the Author
Stephen Baskerville, PhD
is Professor at the Collegium Intermarium
in Warsaw and research fellow at the
Independent Institute, the Howard Center
for Family, Religion, and Society, and other professional associations. He is the author of 4 major books and more than 100 articles on politics, religion, history, law, and other topics.
Books (click images for details)
You will find no platitudes, jargon, or esoterica in these books. They will push you to think about important matters in ways you have certainly not done. In each case, what you will find is very different from the clichés presented by academic scholars and media. That these books contain more than the standard academic pablum accounts for the obstruction each one encountered from powerful interests that fiercely opposed publication. None of these books waited less than 6 years to be published, and one waited over 30. Multiple written agreements were simply broken by prestigious publishers when they found themselves under pressure for having agreed to publish a book that might cause them controversy (documentation available). These books and other writings cost the author at least two academic positions, further testifying that the information they contain is important enough that powerful people would rather you not know it. After all, no one loses a university job these days for publishing tedious pedantry – or nothing at all.
"This book could single-handedly restore the virility of Western civilization if only enough of persons today who, born male, flatter themselves in considering they have the potential to embody the masterful and complex calculus of being previously titled 'man,' would read it."
A Gentleman's Guide
to Manners, Sex, and Ruling the World
How to Survive as a Man in the Age of Misandry – and Do It with Grace
The Sexual Revolution, Civil Liberties, and the Growth of Government Power (2017)
"Professor Baskerville has written what well may be the most important book of 2017. He has written a masterly and authoritative account of how 'sexual radicalism' has infected and transformed culture, politics, and the legal system."
Founder, Crisis magazine
President, Morley Institute
"I could not put this endlessly fascinating book down after opening it. ... Anyone concerned about civil liberties or the family will benefit from reading it."
Hans Bader, Senior Attorney
Competitive Enterprise Institute
"This is the most frightening book I have read in years. Baskerville is relentless in showing how our society has waged war against marriage, and how little judicial protection is available today to those of us who resist the attack."
Phil Lawler, Editor
Catholic World News
The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family
"This book is a tremendous and much needed report on how family courts and government policies are harming children."
"Baskerville has exposed a major abuse of power that is not only responsible for destroying families and for the social disorder that ensues from that. It also rationalizes massive government spending and violations of our constitutional freedoms by courts, bureaucracies, and other arms of the state."
Grover Norquist, President
Americans for Tax Reform
"This book is nothing short of horrifying..."
The Political Theology of
the English Revolution
(1993, full edition 2018)
"This is a beautifully written thesis and superbly organized.... Everything in these covers is a pleasure to contemplate."
Professor David Martin
Sociologist of Religion
London School of Economics
“It's not often that books from academia are unputdownable and required reading, but Baskerville makes a habit of writing such. … No claim is undocumented, and yet most uncharacteristically of his scholastic brethren, he is eminently readable, which of course makes him a damned fine writer.” Amazon reader
Why do conservatives lose every battle? More urgent right now, why did they also lose the war? Why was the left allowed to stage a coup and take over the US government? But perhaps the biggest question is this: Why does no one ask these questions? Answering this question may answer the others. Despite the multiple catastrophes of the last 2+ years, no discussion has been held (or permitted) about why it happened, who let it happen, or what to do about it. Conservative leaders blithely carry on doing what led to their disastrous defeat in the first place, plugging their ears to criticism.
Welfare reform used to be the Republicans' #1 domestic priority. Distinguished scholars (both conservative and liberal) warned of the destructiveness of welfare programs. The destruction continues and worsens, most starkly in the violence in black America, with anguished cries of "racism." But Republicans threw in the towel and abandoned welfare reform. The result is that the welfare "underclass" (and their middle-class imitators) became the ruling class with BLM and the current White House junta.
Corruption in Higher Education
The malaise in the universities is much deeper and older than suggested by cliches about "cancel culture." This special section of articles, published in major education journals, 2020-21, shows how the left gets away with its chicanery because the right colludes with them.
Review of Greg Ellis' new book,
Exposing the Cartel of Family Law
If Americans understood how crooked their courts really are, they would not be surprised at the current travesties of justice — like concocting patently groundless quasi-criminal accusations against former President Donald Trump and everyone associated with him.
"The Real Reason Why Mass Shooters Kill"
How many times do we have to say it?
"The Divorce Monster Has
Its Claws in Both Parties"
Florida's new "Fatherhood" bill is a throwback to the Clinton programs of the 1990s. They were useless then and they are useless now. They can only create more fatherless homes. They also show how easily Republicans' are fooled into enacting Demoracts' policies.
"Revolt of the Fatherless"
The crash of Western civilization can be traced to the state’s surgical removal of the father’s authority and to the feminized blind rebellion that has followed.
"Real Men Missing"
Emasculated conservatives calling
for the restoration of America’s lost manhood are often the ones most responsible for destroying it.
"Six Social Graces Every Modern Gentleman Should Know"
Ideals of gentlemanly behavior have undergone quite a revival lately – in articles, videos, and guidebooks, which continue to issue forth from the presses and Internet.
But not only has that ideal declined; even efforts to revive it sometimes become merely scolding or lessons in ineffectual niceness. Worse, modifications driven by political correctness aspire to make men more like women. Even most traditionalists dilute un-PC masculinity with safer exhortations to self-sacrifice, leaving men feeling more disposable than heroic. A gentleman must, tactfully, command respect as well as give it.
"Reviving the Gentleman"
Conservatives long to recapture “the ideal of a gentleman.” But is this another example of cheap moralizing and lamenting the good days gone by? Do they themselves really understand what they aim to recover?
"The Sexual Left, the
Welfare State, and the
How the destruction of the family,
and the government machinery
responsible for it, effectively drove the US to Communism.
"The Ways in Which Colleges Legally
Silence Troublesome Scholars"
Summary article of Martin Center
Read at the Martin Center site (January 2021).
"Is Conservative Scholarship
a Contradiction in Terms?"
Review of Scott Yenor, The Recovery of Family Life
"Don’t Be Impressed by Western
Ideologues Posing as Scholars"
As Hungary did previously, Romania seeks to prevent parlor intellectuals from poisoning its rich academic culture with political ideology.
"The New Iron Curtain"
Colleges Use Legal Innovations to Punish Dissent
and Purge Academic Heretics
"Jerry Falwell, Jr and the Tragedy of Christian Higher Education"
One leader’s antics reflect a larger flaw besetting
Evangelical colleges and universities.
"Not Very Civic Education"
Review of John M. Ellis,
The Breakdown of Higher Education
The first striking feature of this book is simply that its
existence confirms its own argument, since such criticism
cannot be expressed from within the universities themselves.
All comes from outside, sometimes by professors who have retired (like Ellis) or been rejected or ejected, because “career termination [awaits] those who challenge campus orthodoxy.” Ellis’s case is illustrated by the glaring incapacity of this institutional concentration of savants to critically evaluate, of all topics, itself. After all, this subject might have been appropriate for a scholar of politics or education (perhaps otherwise buried in pointless esoterica and the “impenetrable jargon” Ellis ridicules). Instead it is left to an emeritus professor of German literature, one relatively immune from punishment. [...]
"Is This a 'Decent Left'?"
In Harper's magazine, some well established
leftist and liberal (and neo-conservative) intellectuals deplore the extremism of the radical left Cancel Culture, and call for "justice" and "open debate". But are they really any more virtuous than the campus and street radicals who aim to silence forcibly those with whom they disagree -- or just more successful at purging their rivals?
"Conservative Diffidence and the
Political Exploitation of George Floyd"
As violent protesters destroy public property, public officials in the US and abroad are being accused of failing to stand up to them and protect people and property. But the failure of nerve in our leaders is of much longer duration and much more serious than a few statues. Politicians -- plus journalists, academics, churches, and everyone -- have been terrified to face the real problems of the black and other poor communities -- and we will continue paying the price.
"Purging Christian Higher Education"
Rooting out political heretics is a practice we now
associate with liberal secular universities, despite
pretenses of "academic freedom" and claims to protect it with the lifelong employment guarantee known as "tenure." But today, the practice appears just as likely at conservative Christian institutions. In fact, we may now be seeing a nationwide purge of the ideologically retrograde from Evangelical colleges, universities, and seminaries. [...]
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Canadian Association for Equality
16 June 2022
10 January 2022
Men Are Good
with Janice Fiamengo
& Tom Golden
7 January 2022
Interview with Will Knowland
6 December 2021
22 March 2022
An Ear for Men
with Paul Elam
19 January 2022
Intrerview with First Things
13 December 2021
& Joseph Cotto
17 November 2021
"No Battle of the Sexes"
12 November 2021
The Regular Catholic Guy
10 September 2021
9 June 2021
Interview with Greg Ellis
22 January 2021
"Divorce Industry and the Myth of the Deadbeat Dad"
14 June 2020
Interview with Deal Hudson
Ave Maria Radio
17 November 2021
Men Are Good
& Tom Golden
9 September 2021
Interview on the
Shaun Tabatt Show
24 September 2021
14 June 2021
Point of View Radio Interview
9 July 2020
"Divorce Court Nightmare"
4 January 2020
"Is There Really a Fatherhood Crisis?"
“Fatherhood Crisis” is "an excellent and very important article -- surely one of the most important we have published in TIR."
Robert Higgs, Editor, The Independent Review
"I write once again to congratulate you on the high-
quality, thought-provoking, and penetrating articles
you publish in The Independent Review. I thought
Stephen Baskerville's "Is There Really a Fatherhood
Crisis?" was particularly insightful."
James Otteson, Philosopher