Authoritarian regimes are no longer seen as the leading examples of a human-rights violator. Instead, that despicable label is applied increasingly to private individuals who defy various social policies related to the family, gender relations, and sexuality.

Stephen Baskerville is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Associate Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College.
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Other Independent Review articles by Stephen Baskerville
Winter 2007/08 From Welfare State to Police State
Spring 2004 Is There Really a Fatherhood Crisis?