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William D. Gairdner

William D. Gairdner, Ph.D., is a former Olympic athlete and professor of English, and the bestselling author of seven books, including The Trouble with Canada and The Trouble with Democracy. Most recently he was the managing editor of Canada’s Founding Debates.

Read about William Gairdner and Oh, Oh, Canada! in the National Post, and at Western Standard

The War Against the Family

A Parent Speaks Out on the Political, Economic, and Social Policies That Threaten Us All
William D. Gairdner



Widely recognized as the most powerful and complete critique of the war against the family presently taking place in Western democracies.

“(Gairdner is) the voice of the silent majority.”
Edmonton Journal

Inspired by his own passionate experience as a son, husband, and father, Gairdner offers in this book a forum for a long-overdue debate about the future of the family in Western civilization.

Gairdner traces the war against the family to an egalitarian ideology that begins with Plato and survives today as a utopian liberalism that has become a caricature of itself, everywhere promoting the equality and rights of individuals but ignoring their duties and obligations. Driven by its devotion to egalitarianism and the promise of what can only be a morally and socially irresponsible form of “freedom,” the modern state effectively weakens all of society, of which the traditional the family unit is the most important element.

So constituted, the modern democratic state is driven to target the family unit as a bastion of privacy, privilege, and moral authority at odds with the state’s own secular and egalitarian motives. Hence, the war against the family.

All those who are concerned about the direction of modern life and the country they are leaving for future generations are sure to benefit from this cri de coeur written by a man of deep experience and searing insight.


$34.95 CAD / $34.95 USD / £22.95 GBP

672 pages

ISBN 978-0-9784402-1-3

Available now from: (U.S.) (Canada) (UK)