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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Dec. 28, 2021

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.


David CarlinI doubt many people will agree with me on this. But let me say it anyway.

I contend that the fundamental value of America’s political left is, and has been for a half-century or so, sexual liberty. All of the left’s other values – all of its secondary or derivative values – follow from this.

The most obvious secondary value is abortion. If American culture is to include sexual freedom as a paramount value, isn’t it obvious that we will need to have an almost unlimited right to abortion? For “mistakes” will happen – even in a society that floats on an immense sea of contraceptives. If we are unable to correct such mistakes with abortion, this inability will have a serious “chilling effect” on the practice of sexual freedom. …