Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 22 Jul 2018 04:43:42 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ben-shapiro-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro 8e726eacd7c45fbada5deed9aeeac507 What Is Democratic Socialism? for 07/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/what-is-democratic-socialism Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The new rising star of the Democratic Party is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The 28-year-old former bartender doesn't know much about politics &#8212; this week, she bungled her way through an interview answer by referring to Israeli "occupation" of Palestine and citing her lack of expertise on the issue despite her international relations degree. But she's young; she's energetic; and she speaks in glowing terms about rights to housing, food, college and health care. She's a charter member of the Democratic Socialists of America, a group, we're informed by The New York Times' Michelle Goldberg, that is on the rise. "Its growth has exploded since the 2016 election," Goldberg reports, "from 7,000 members to more than 37,000."</p> <p>What exactly is democratic socialism, and what distinguishes it from socialism plain and simple? Ocasio-Cortez doesn't know. When asked about it by Meghan McCain on "The View," she stated that there is a "huge difference" between the two notions but then concluded, "I believe that in a moral and wealthy America, in a moral and modern America, no person should be too poor to live in this country." Which doesn't explain the difference at all.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 18, 2018</p> 4df1ce8898911f534f6884ecf87f898f When Abortion Becomes a Sacrament for 07/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/when-abortion-becomes-a-sacrament Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, amid widespread Democratic tumult regarding the selection of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alleged comedian Michelle Wolf paid tribute to the most important facet of American life: abortion. On her Netflix show on Sunday, Wolf dressed up in red, white and blue, and shrieked into the camera, "God bless abortions, and God bless America!" She explained: "Women, if you need an abortion, get one! If you want an abortion, get one! ... And women, don't forget: You have the power to give life and men will try to control that. Don't let them!"</p> <p>Along with that inane outburst, she justified abortion itself. "Look," she stated, "access to abortion is good and important. Some people say abortion is killing a baby. It's not. It's stopping a baby from happening."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 11, 2018</p> acf6db5c175b4fede2c5cddbc8e48a0c What the Courts Are for for 07/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/18/what-the-courts-are-for Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Democrats are in a state of sheer panic.</p> <p>They're panicking because last week, Justice Anthony Kennedy &#8212; a reliable vote in favor of certain leftist priorities including abortion and same-sex marriage &#8212; announced that he will step down from the Supreme Court, leaving President Trump a second selection. This apparently will lead to the end of a free America. According to Jeffrey Toobin of CNN, the remade Supreme Court will spell doom: "Abortion illegal; doctors prosecuted; gay people barred from restaurants, hotels, stores; African-Americans out of elite schools; gun control banned in 50 states; the end of regulatory state."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 04, 2018</p> 795791d8cb2589c8a6c7d8dc35f67ccb The Rise of the Mob for 06/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/the-rise-of-the-mob Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., issued a clarion call to Democrats outraged at the policies of the Trump administration: It's time for mob action. In the wake of mobs targeting Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Waters explained: "God is on our side! On the side of the children ... Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."</p> <p>Waters has always been a fan of mob action. She infamously touted the violent and brutal 1992 Los Angeles riots, which did approximately $1 billion in property damage and ended with 63 people dead. Waters called the events a "rebellion," labeling them a "spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration." And yet Waters has been affectionately nicknamed "Auntie Maxine" thanks to her rabid attacks against the Trump administration.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 27, 2018</p> b0b2558241a5d47d833ffff7f81fb378 The Banality of Bias for 06/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/the-banality-of-bias Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Peter Strzok is an FBI agent with a career spanning more than two decades. He was section chief of the counterespionage section in 2016 and thus in a position to oversee both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian election interference investigation. And he was supposedly perfect for the job: a Georgetown University graduate with a master's degree, married to a Securities and Exchange Commission official. Strzok was qualified and patriotic. He was a lifelong civil servant.</p> <p>He was also a heavily biased, blatantly political bureaucrat.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 0f0497433d2fa3a53804ac2898d88452 Trump's Triumph or Kim's Coup? for 06/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/trumps-triumph-or-kims-coup Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, President Trump went to Singapore to meet with the most repressive dictator on the planet, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un. Kim presides over a slave state of 25 million people, with gulags stacked with hundreds of thousands of political dissidents. He has diligently pursued nuclear weapons and long-range missile tests. He was greeted as a celebrity in Singapore, with President Trump shaking his hand, calling him "very smart" and "a funny guy" and generally praising him to the skies.</p> <p>Fans of President Trump were ecstatic. To them, this was a breakthrough movement: an American leader sitting down with a North Korean leader, finally breaking through the clutter of the past to get down to brass tacks. To Trump critics, this was a debacle: The president handed Kim an unprecedented propaganda coup, complete with grinning photos and thumbs up before a backdrop of interpolated North Korean and American flags. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> 132d4be99534b806b20a9ed2d00135d6 Supreme Court: Be Polite When You Violate Others' Rights for 06/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/18/supreme-court-be-polite-when-you-violate-others-rights Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court ruled on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. That case involved a religious Christian man, Jack Phillips, who decorates cakes for a living. Two men came into his shop one day and demanded that Phillips decorate a cake for their same-sex wedding. Phillips refused. For this grave breach of civic duty, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission referred his case for prosecution, ruling that he had breached the customers' rights to receive service.</p> <p>The Supreme Court ignored the key issues of the case. It refused to countenance whether First Amendment speech rights could be violated in favor of nondiscrimination laws &#8212; whether, for example, a gay songwriter could be forced to perform work for an evangelical Christian choir looking for a tune to liven up Leviticus 18. It refused to consider whether First Amendment free association rights could be completely overthrown by reference to nondiscrimination laws &#8212; whether any business could be told to serve anyone for any reason at any time. Finally, it refused to consider whether First Amendment freedom of religion could be overturned in favor of nondiscrimination law &#8212; whether religious practice stops at the front door of the home and the church.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> b88e46cb7241308091977b06c99d1554 The Suicide of Europe for 05/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/the-suicide-of-europe Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BEN SHAPIRO</p> <p>RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018, AND THEREAFTER</p> <p><p>Updated: Wed May 30, 2018</p> 0dddfea2c87c4b6f880d0e126db1bf6c How the Russia Investigation Helps Trump for 05/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/how-the-russia-investigation-helps-trump Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, for the first time in months, a generic ballot poll showed Republicans beating Democrats in the midterm elections. According to Reuters, Republicans are now leading by six points. And while that poll is obviously an outlier, the movement of the generic ballot in the direction of Republicans isn't: The average lead for Democrats has been dropping steadily since late February, from a nine-point lead to a four-point lead.</p> <p>Why?<p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 4d274bd785aa84d207cbbd2ada79eb04 Why Jerusalem Matters for 05/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/why-jerusalem-matters Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Trump administration inaugurated the new American embassy in Jerusalem. The celebration in Israel was palpable; the embassy move came amidst the national celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state. The streets filled with Jews of all sorts, cheering and dancing.</p> <p>Meanwhile, on the Gaza border, Hamas broadened its monthlong campaign to break down the Israel border, staging border "protests" attended by thousands &#8212; including terrorists who have used the supposed protests as a staging point for violent attacks on Israeli troops and territory. Palestinian terrorists have caused mass chaos, throwing Molotov cocktails at troops, attempting to rush the border, flinging explosives and tying incendiaries to kites in an attempt to set Israeli territory alight. The Israeli Defense Forces have responded with restraint. Despite this, a few dozen Palestinians have been killed, not the hundreds or thousands Hamas would presumably prefer. <p>Updated: Wed May 16, 2018</p> 01e1498fccbad149c6fbae0c93edd9a8 The Day the Iran Deal Died for 05/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/the-day-the-iran-deal-died Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Team Obama lives in a world of fiction.</p> <p>As President Trump announced to the world that he would finally put a stake through the heart of the Iran deal &#8212; the signal foreign policy "achievement" of the Obama administration &#8212; Obama's former staffers lamented, rending their sackcloth and smearing their ashes. "I will never forget the dark cloud that hung over the White House in the years Iran was advancing nuclear program & Obama was briefed on all the risks of using military force," former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted. "Trump has demolished America's credibility & paved the way for Iran to re-start its nuclear program. Trump has done the unthinkable: isolated the US & rallied the world around Iran."<p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> aef5c2c0250e30e272749e4a98bed0bc Oh, Say Kanye Sees for 05/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/18/oh-say-kanye-sees Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's easy to dismiss Kanye West.</p> <p>It's easy to dismiss him because he's nutty. This is a fellow who tweets about antique fish tanks and fur pillows. This is the guy who calls himself Yeezus (after Jesus) and suggested that then-President George W. Bush didn't care about black people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He isn't exactly known for his bouts of emotional stability.<p>Updated: Wed May 02, 2018</p> b88cfc1ccab788f0903cac38c894caa3 Who Controls Your Kids' Lives? for 04/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/18/who-controls-your-kids-lives Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former Republican Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas was fond of telling a story about his time stumping for educational change. "My educational policies are based on the fact that I care more about my children than you do," Gramm once said to a woman. "No, you don't," she replied. "OK," said Gramm. "What are their names?"</p> <p>Gramm's fundamental premise is inalterably correct: Parents care more about their children than do the members of the bureaucracy. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">parents are being gradually curbed in their authority by precisely those bureaucrats across the West.</span><p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> 413d9331db6f2b89a8ef3b92092944f1 If You Don't Agree With Me, You're a Racist Who Likes Death Threats for 04/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/18/if-you-dont-agree-with-me-youre-a-racist-who-likes-death-threats Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Monday, George Yancy, a black professor of philosophy at Emory University, wrote a lengthy piece in The New York Times detailing the awful death threats he has received from white racists. I can sympathize &#8212; throughout 2016, I received my fair share of death threats. But Yancy sees those death threats as representative of a deeper malignancy plaguing all of white America, not a sickness within a subset of the population. Thus, he asks, "Should I Give up on White People?"</p> <p>Yancy's case isn't particularly strong. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 18, 2018</p> 1d0a732ab652a00edde070a4125b9202 The Death of the DOJ and the FBI for 04/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/18/the-death-of-the-doj-and-the-fbi Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the FBI raided the office, hotel room and home of President Trump's personal attorney and self-described "fixer," Michael Cohen. According to various media reports, the Department of Justice signed off on a warrant for the search; presumably, the law enforcement agency is searching for evidence regarding Cohen's $130,000 payment to pornography actress Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006. Cohen has openly stated that he paid Daniels to shut up about her peccadillo with Trump &#8212; and he has said that Trump had no knowledge of the payment.</p> <p>That presents a problem. If Cohen paid off Daniels without Trump's knowledge, that raises the question as to whether their agreement was binding. If not, then Trump may have been party to a violation of campaign finance law, since a $130,000 in-kind donation is well above any legal limit. And if Cohen and Trump coordinated that arrangement, none of their communications on the matter are subject to attorney-client privilege.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 11, 2018</p> 41908a8acf4aab80a29a40b41912cc0a The Grisly History of Chappaquiddick for 04/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/18/the-grisly-history-of-chappaquiddick Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On April 6, a bombshell will hit America's theaters.</p> <p>That bombshell comes in the form of an understated, well-made, well-acted film called "Chappaquiddick." (Full disclosure: They advertise with my podcast.) The film tells the story of Ted Kennedy's 1969 killing of political aide Mary Jo Kopechne; the Massachusetts Democratic senator drove his car off a bridge and into the Poucha Pond, somehow escaped the overturned vehicle and left Kopechne to drown. She didn't drown, though. Instead, she reportedly suffocated while waiting for help inside an air bubble while Kennedy waited 10 hours to call for help. The Kennedy family and its associated political allies then worked to cover up the incident. In the end, Teddy was sentenced to a two-month suspended jail sentence for leaving the scene of an accident. The incident prevented Kennedy from running for president in 1972 and 1976, though he attempted a run in 1980 against then-President Jimmy Carter, failing.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 04, 2018</p> d0032ccb979e96d70ec77be0b15a436c A New Kind of Gridlock for 03/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/18/a-new-kind-of-gridlock Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States, they feared the possibility of partisanship overtaking rights-based government. To that end, they crafted a system of checks and balances designed to pit interest against interest, promoting gridlock over radical change. The founders saw legislators, presidents and judges as ambitious in their pursuit of power.</p> <p>They could not have foreseen our politicians.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 28, 2018</p> 1762f342abafe01a7880901f4ec076ab Stop Making Children Into Moral Authorities for 03/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/18/stop-making-children-into-moral-authorities Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On March 14, high school students from Parkland, Florida, led a school walkout in favor of gun control. The media have already appointed student witnesses of the horror at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School untouchable moral authorities; their opinions are not to be questioned.</p> <p>But now, the left has found even more sympathetic faces for its agenda: kindergarteners. According to The Wall Street Journal, "Schools are grappling with how to address the event with children as young as 5 years old and with finding ways for children who are too little to be told about school shootings to take part." Children in pre-K at Manhattan Country School will sing, "If I Had a Hammer" and "Paz y Libertad." Public schools like PS 321 in Brooklyn allowed children to do activities linked with the protests. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 21, 2018</p> 68da36a805ee6fe6ecf7df3e72159521 Until Democrats Come to Grips With Why Hillary Lost, Trump Will Keep Winning for 03/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/18/until-democrats-come-to-grips-with-why-hillary-lost-trump-will-keep-winning Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last weekend, Hillary Clinton spoke in India. There, she continued to struggle publicly with the most humiliating experience of her life, not her husband's continual sexual misconduct or her State Department's mishandling of Benghazi but her loss of the presidency to a reality television show host. Hillary's not over it. And she never will be.</p> <p>That much was obvious from her incredible, palpable anger at the American public. She first explained that Trump voters are stupid poor people: "what the map doesn't show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America's gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward." </p> <p>But Clinton wasn't done. She then stated that Trump voters are ignoramuses who still stumble out to their outhouses in the middle of the night and stoop over a hole in the ground while reading old copies of Ku Klux Klan newsletters. Those people, she said, fell prey to Trump's racist "Elmer Gantry" pitch: "you didn't like black people getting rights. You don't like women ... getting jobs. You don't want to ... see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I'm going to solve it."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018</p> d66add5ba6b261cf13a80d8aa168d4f5 Intersectionality and Anti-Semitism for 03/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/18/intersectionality-and-anti-semitism Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is an anti-Semite. This isn't in question. It's a fact, and one the minister continues to underscore with each speech. Last week, he spoke before the 2018 Saviours' Day event in Chicago. He stated: "White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off the eyes of that Satanic Jew, and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through." Just for good measure, he added, "Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out," suggested that Jews are "the children of the devil" and claimed, "when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door."</p> <p>He's not a subtle fellow.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018</p>