America is witnessing a watershed moment in its cultural history: the sabotaging of family and marriage. Extreme-left radicals have made their arguments and tried different tactics for decades, but at long last they have the vehicle to make it happen: gay marriage. Now, as the legal definition of marriage rapidly changes, the floodgates are open, and the fundamental transformation of the American family will take on new speed and new dimensions. Efforts to redefine the family structure have been long at work, and there have been some influential forces on the far left and communist left that cannot and should not be ignored in that process.
In Takedown, Paul Kengor examines these origins, starting with Karl Marx, and traces them through the sordid history of people like Margaret Sanger, Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse, and assorted '60s radicals. What were once fringe concepts have become accepted by mainstream thought and welcomed by many legislators and judges. In the not-so-distant past, today's leftists who are attacking traditional marriage would have loudly raised their voices but not caused any real damage. But now, with formal legalization of same-sex marriage afoot, they are getting what they’ve wanted for generations: the literal redefinition of the family. All the while, countless everyday Americans remain oblivious to the deeper forces at work.
Paul Kengor, Ph.D. is a bestselling author whose works include 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: the Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mentor. His articles regularly appear in publications ranging from USA Today to The New York Times, plus numerous academic journals. A frequent commentator on television and radio, Kengor earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s from American University.
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