Rob McCoy: “Culture driven by sex…sexual liberation, political control”



By Michael Hernandez

NEWBURY PARK—“The culture is driven by sex,” said Councilman Rob McCoy at his Valentine’s Day American Legacy lecture at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Ct.   “Sex sells and is the driving force in culture.”

McCoy said that St. Augustine, wrote about libido dominandi—sexual liberation and political control (Book 1) of the City of God in which he writes:  “Human society can be divided into two cities depending on how man lives:  “City of man:  men live according to themselves or City of God:  men live according to God’s laws and designs.”

St. Augustine wrote:  “Thus, a good man, though a slave, is free; but a wicked man, though a king is a slave.  For he serves, not one man alone, but, what is worse, as many masters as he had vices.”

Michael E. Jones has developed the theme of libido dominandi—sexual liberation and political control in an April 15, 2005 book by the same title in which he writes:  “A man had as many masters as he had vices.  This insight would provide the basis for the most sophisticated form of social control known to man.  

“Fourteen hundred years later, a decadent French aristocrat turned that tradition on its head when he wrote that “the freest of people are they who are most friendly to murder.”  Like St Augustine the Marquis de Sade would agree that freedom was a function of morals.  Unlike St. Augustine, Sade proposed a revolution in sexual morals, to accompany the political revolution then taking place in France—launching a sexual revolution, from 1773 to the present.

According to McCoy, Libido Dominandi shows how sexual liberation was from its inception—a form of control.  Those who wished to liberate man from the moral order needed to impose social controls as soon as they succeeded because liberated libido led inevitably to anarchy.

Aldous Huxley wrote in his preface to the 1946 edition of “Brave New World” that “as political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.”  Huxley’s book explains how the rhetoric of sexual freedom is used to engineer a system of covert political and social control.

Jones book explains how through the development of “technologies of communication, reproduction, and psychic control—including psychotherapy, behaviorism, advertising, sensitivity training, pornography and blackmail—allowed the Enlightenment and its heirs to create masters out of men’s vices.”

McCoy referred to Samson and Deliah (Judges 16) and how God used Samson as his judge and “equipped him to contend with the culture” despite his immorality because he was “was willing to do what no one else was” and the apostle Paul would later mention Samson in his famous Hall of Fame passage on faith (Hebrews 11:32).

According to McCoy, Libido Dominandi—sexual liberation and political control—became most pronounced after the (Samuel) Roth v United States Supreme Court decision in 1957 which opened up the gateways of obscenity and pornography despite a 6-3 ruling authored by Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. which redefined the Constitutional test for determining what constitutes obscene material unprotected by the First Amendment.

Prior to Roth v United States under common law in the 1868 English case Regina v. Hicklin, any material that tended to “deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences” was deemed “obscene” and could be banned on that basis. 

Samuel Roth, who ran a literary business in New York City, was convicted under a federal statue criminalizing the sending of “obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy” materials through the mail for advertising and selling a publication called American Aphrodite while David Alberts, who ran a mail-order business from Los Angeles, was convicted under a California statue for publishing pictures of “nude and scantily-clad women.”

While the Supreme Court affirmed both convictions, the dissenting arguments made by Justices Hugo Black and William O. Douglas claiming that the First Amendment protected obscene material.  Pornography and sexually oriented publications proliferated as a result as the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s put pressure on the Supreme Court to allow state and local governments to determine the issue and by 1973 in Miller v. California the Supreme Court had redefined its definition of obscenity and applied a three-part test for obscenity that reflected “community standards.”

“What are you doing tonight?”  said McCoy.    Libido Dominandi—sexual liberation and political control—“is not going anywhere.   Enough is enough.”


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email:

Mr. Hernandez is dedicated himself to advance the 13 spheres—as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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