"One of America's most discerning cultural critics."

– Gerard V. Bradley –

“Mary Eberstadt is our premier analyst of American cultural foibles and follies, with a keen eye for oddities that illuminate just how strange the country’s moral culture has become.”

– George Wiegel –

“One of the most creative social observers of our time.”

– Francis Fukuyama-

"A gifted writer with a vast sweep of knowledge and resources that are all marshaled in her argumentation."

– Our Sunday Visitor –

“Intimidatingly intelligent.”

– George Will –

"Mary Eberstadt is one of America's most compelling and vibrant thinkers."

– Russell Moore –

"Eberstadt marries brilliant analytical power with wry wit."

– The Washington Times –

“No theorist of secularization has come close to Eberstadt in sociological insight or explanatory power.”

– Mary Ann Glendon –

"One of America's most discerning cultural critics."

– Gerard V. Bradley –

“Mary Eberstadt is our premier analyst of American cultural foibles and follies, with a keen eye for oddities that illuminate just how strange the country’s moral culture has become.”

– George Wiegel –

“One of the most creative social observers of our time.”

– Francis Fukuyama –

"A gifted writer with a vast sweep of knowledge and resources that are all marshaled in her argumentation."

– Our Sunday Visitor –

“Intimidatingly intelligent.”
– George Will –
"Mary Eberstadt is one of America's most compelling and vibrant thinkers."

– Russell Moore –

"Eberstadt marries brilliant analytical power with wry wit."

– The Washington Times –

“No theorist of secularization has come close to Eberstadt in sociological insight or explanatory power.”

Mary Ann Glendon

“Truth may be unwanted, inconvenient, resented, mocked in all the best places—even harassed, suppressed, and forced underground. But that does not make it anything other than truth.”

Arriving on August 26, 2019

Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics

A bitter divisiveness afflicts America. To act “with malice toward none, with charity toward all” has become a faded ideal as citizens silo themselves into hyper-partisan tribes defined by politics, race, gender, and sexuality. The rancor of news pundits, the incivility of social media, and the storm of opposition to free speech on college campuses are symptoms of a fraying social fabric familiar to anyone with even a casual eye on current affairs.

Explanations of this discord have been offered from many quarters but have failed to get at its roots. To the dispassionate observer, the hostility between “tribes” seems simply irrational. But Mary Eberstadt, accomplished essayist and cultural critic, may have gotten to the bottom of it. Applying her peerless lens of analysis, she argues that the rise of identity politics is a direct result of the collapse of the family.

Her logic—backed by startling new data—runs as follows: humans from time immemorial have forged their identities within the structure of the traditional family. The family, in a real sense, is the first tribe. But with the decline of the family, generations of people have been set adrift and lack a firm sense of who they are. To fill the void, they shape their identity according to their membership in a politicized group, and their seemingly constant fury is, in fact, a primal scream for the familial root system of which they have been deprived.

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How the West Really Lost God

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Adam and Eve After the Pill

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The Last Homily

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Redeeming the Prodigal Father

Seen one way, Michael Brendan Dougherty’s My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home, tells an old story: the primordial tale of a son’s search for his absent male parent. In this updated version, our Telemachus is an American, and Odysseus is an...

Why the Pro-Life Movement Will Live Long and Prosper

We’re asked today to reflect on the future of the pro-life movement in an increasingly secular age. A few years ago, I wrote a book called How the West Really Lost God, about the phenomenon called “secularization” and the various hypotheses about its roots. The book...

Eminem and Gandhi Are Right

The 45th annual March for Life in Washington arrives on the heels of one more Pew survey about declining faith—this latest indicating that only 4-in-10 Millennials think of Christmas as a religious holiday. All of which raises a new question for those gathering on the...

The Zealous Faith of Secularism

HOW THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION BECAME A DOGMA Begin with a sobering fact. During the past ten years, some of the sharpest observers of our time have come to believe that the tectonic plates underlying Western civilization have shifted momentously. One result is a deep,...

A Fisherman On K Street

This column is adapted from remarks delivered on October 26, 2017, at the Catholic Information Center dinner in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the honoring of former CIC director Rev. Arne Panula, who died on July 19, 2017, and was posthumously given the CIC’s...

Did You Ever Think You’d Known a Saint?

This morning, the funeral Mass for a priest named Fr. Arne Panula will be offered by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and others at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in downtown Washington, D.C. A former head of Opus Dei, U.S.A. who died of cancer earlier this week, and long one of the...

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