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, 05 Apr 2020 05:32:49 -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 132c2e14320fc75a6700790ea0577da5 Stop Pretending Pandemic Politics Are the New Norm for 04/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/20/stop-pretending-pandemic-politics-are-the-new-norm Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"There are no libertarians in a global pandemic." So goes the smug punchline of large-government advocates who point to the necessity of collective action in the face of an unprecedented global crisis. Without government, they say, we'd all be dead.</p> <p>Few libertarians would disagree. The hardcore libertarians at Reason magazine aren't spending their days fulminating over the evils of government-required lockdown orders in the face of a fast-spreading, deadly disease. That's because they, like all other sentient human beings, recognize that collective action is sometimes necessary.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 01, 2020</p> c4abea98d2aa7208a9ae9d14ffda4f7b America Needs a Formula for Reopening for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/20/america-needs-a-formula-for-reopening Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, President Donald Trump began openly considering at what point the American government ought to take steps to reopen the American economy. He explained: "Our country wasn't built to be shut down. America will again and soon be open for business," suggesting that the timeline will be weeks instead of months. "If it were up to the doctors," Trump said, "they'd say, 'Let's shut down the entire world.' This could create a much bigger problem than the problem that you started with." Later, Trump optimistically proclaimed that he "would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter."</p> <p>Trump's projections drew fire &#8212; as do all of his statements. These statements, however, caused inordinate faux heartburn among commentators, who shouted that Trump was weighing dollars against lives and deciding in favor of dollars. The hashtag #NotDyingForWallStreet began trending on Twitter, followed by the hashtag #DieForTheDow. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: "My mother is not expendable. Your mother is not expendable. We will not put a dollar figure on human life. ... No one should be talking about social darwinism for the sake of the stock market." Presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden said, "I don't agree with the notion that somehow it's OK ... to let people die." <p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p> 7227596cba050f3dc1c0e7f7671d27e7 Coronavirus Is the 'Chinese Virus' for 03/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/20/coronavirus-is-the-chinese-virus Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, President Donald Trump came under fire for his use of the phrase "Chinese virus" to describe the coronavirus, the source of the new pandemic that has led to a global economic shutdown as well as lockdowns of citizens in every major Western country. That media have somehow found time to hone in on the one issue that matters least &#8212; the labeling of a Chinese virus as such &#8212; in the middle of an unprecedented planetwide freeze demonstrates the utter unseriousness of those objecting. That the term should be controversial at all is nearly beyond belief. The virus did indeed originate in China. Most of all, that the Chinese government should be shielded in any way from the results of its own pathological and tyrannical misgovernment is perverse beyond measure.</p> <p>Make no mistake: The Chinese government is chiefly responsible for the explosion of this pandemic. The so-called wet markets of China &#8212; the meat markets that often include wild animals ranging from snakes to pangolins &#8212; exist for a variety of reasons, ranging from price to superstitious belief in medicinal properties of exotic animals. According to Zhenzhong Si, research associate at the University of Waterloo, "Eating wild animal is considered a symbol of wealth because they are more rare and expensive." Whatever the rationale, the communist Chinese government has been exceedingly tolerant of such markets, even though they have now been responsible for the spread of coronavirus, SARS, bird flu, Asian flu and swine fever. The Chinese government has been similarly tolerant of treatment via traditional Chinese medicine rather than evidence-based medicine, which has increased the risk of such diseases.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 18, 2020</p> dc4afbcc84672523f4751019b6442afb What the Coronavirus Should Teach Us for 03/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/20/what-the-coronavirus-should-teach-us Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As the markets have plummeted over global fears surrounding the fallout from the new coronavirus, political pundits have taken up the call: Find some meaning in the coronavirus outbreak and response. And where there is a demand for speculative opinion, there's never a shortage of supply. Thus we've seen the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, be blamed on President Donald Trump. We've seen government-managed response, which has varied widely in terms of success by country, touted as a final rebuttal of libertarian precepts. We've seen the coronavirus' economic impact cited as a rationale for breaking global supply chains and pursuing industrial autarky instead.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">None of these takeaways are particularly compelling</span>. The Trump administration's response has been about as strong as prior federal attempts to deal with public epidemics, ranging from SARS to swine flu. While Trump himself hasn't exactly projected a sense of calming administrative competence, those around him, ranging from Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, are fully capable of performing as needed. Libertarianism does not suggest that collective action ought to be out of bounds in the case of public emergencies with serious externalities &#8212; few libertarians oppose police departments or proper environmental regulations, for example &#8212; and the record of government competence has been, at best, rather mixed. The solution to vulnerable supply chains running through authoritarian countries is, first, for Western countries to consider security threats when formulating trade policy, and second, for companies to harden their supply chains by diversifying those chains <i> even further </i>. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 11, 2020</p> 6b3b2dfef604985e41303b38dfad58bb Why Americans Should Celebrate Biden's Comeback for 03/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/20/why-americans-should-celebrate-bidens-comeback Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Super Tuesday, the Democratic Party came to its senses &#8212; at least, to a point.</p> <p>Through the first three primaries, Democratic voters seemed sanguine about the possibility of a lifelong communist fellow traveler taking their presidential nomination. Conventional wisdom &#8212; including, I admit, my own &#8212; suggested that Sen. Bernie Sanders', I-Vt., early primary victories had put former Vice President Joe Biden on the road to ruin. After all, no presidential candidate of the last several election cycles has won after declaring a firewall, from Rudy Giuliani's Florida firewall in 2008 to Hillary Clinton's 2016 blue wall. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 04, 2020</p> 318ea51c28545267aa683585f98f4d39 The Worship of Dictators for 02/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/20/the-worship-of-dictators Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the socialist Democratic presidential front-runner, made waves when he merely reiterated his lifelong warmth toward the viciously evil Cuban communist regime. Brushing off the human rights violations of Fidel Castro &#8212; a man whose revolution ended with the murder or imprisonment of tens of thousands of his countrymen, and decades of impoverishment and repression for millions &#8212; Sanders explained: "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad. ... When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?"</p> <p>But, of course, Sanders hasn't merely praised Castro's literacy programs (which, by the way, were propagandistic exploits. Cuba had an 80% literacy rate before Castro's coup). Back in the 1980s, Sanders explained that he was "physically nauseated" by former President John F. Kennedy's "hatred for the Cuban revolution." In 1989, Sanders stated after visiting Cuba: "I did not see a hungry child. I did not see any homeless people." He said that the Cuban people "had an almost religious affection" for Castro.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 26, 2020</p> 2c9f6ea2b66ab9c3c88bab359780e119 Michael Bloomberg and the Politics of Money for 02/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/20/michael-bloomberg-and-the-politics-of-money Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been rising drastically in the national polling for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Frightened by that rise, Democratic candidates from center-left to communist have risen as one, declaring that Bloomberg has done the process dirty: By dropping hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, he has thwarted the process, and thus, the will of the people. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., proclaimed: "It's a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate. But at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump can get a live demonstration of how we each take on an egomaniac billionaire." And former Vice President Joe Biden stated, "Sixty billion dollars can buy you a lot of advertising, but it can't erase your record."</p> <p>All of which raises a serious question: Is Bloomberg doing something deeply wrong &#8212; is he "cheating" &#8212; by spending oodles of his own money on political advertising? <p>Updated: Wed Feb 19, 2020</p> 73e209692716b33590555b0a4f1788e8 The Glorious Alternative Reality of Leftism for 02/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/20/the-glorious-alternative-reality-of-leftism Wed, 12 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In 1966, there were 654 murders in New York City. The next year, that number increased by about a hundred. Then two hundred. By the mid-1970s, nearly 1,700 people were being murdered every year in New York City. That insane level of violence maintained until the early 1990s. Then, in 1994, the level of murder in New York City began to decline. It declined from approximately 2,000 people killed in 1993 to 289 in 2018 &#8212; a level not seen since the end of World War II. Needless to say, on a per capita basis, the murder rate had <i> never </i> been that low.</p> <p>What, exactly, happened in the early 1990s? New York City residents were simply tired of living in a crime haven. They elected Rudy Giuliani mayor, and Giuliani pledged to enforce the so-called broken windows theory to clean up so-called quality-of-life crimes, stating: "It's the street tax paid to drunks and panhandlers. It's the squeegee men shaking down the motorist waiting at a light. It's the trash storms, the swirling mass of garbage left by peddlers and panhandlers, and open-air drug bazaars on unclean streets." In April 1994, Giuliani's New York Police Department implemented Compstat, a data-driven program designed to deploy police to the highest-crime areas, preemptively targeting criminality, rather than reacting to it. Chris Smith of New York Magazine gushed, "No New York invention, arguably, has saved more lives in the past 24 years." The NYPD also began to employ the "stop, question and frisk" policy, designed to allow police officers to spot people suspected of criminally carrying weapons and frisk them for those weapons after questioning. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 12, 2020</p> 13ee88c763d6e1f45b7f632e0c15a961 Why the Democrats Won't Stop Bernie for 02/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/20/why-the-democrats-wont-stop-bernie Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is no doubt that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is now the leading Democratic presidential candidate. That's not because his ideas are overwhelmingly popular &#8212; a majority of Americans approve of capitalism, while less than 1 in 5 like socialism; few Americans are on board with total nationalization of health care, even if many like the idea of universal health care; most Americans do not approve of Sanders' anti-American ideology with regard to foreign policy.</p> <p>But nobody in the Democratic Party can stop Bernie.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 05, 2020</p> 40206e1ddf6a399780d0cec88f24263f When 'Never Again' Means Nothing for 01/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/20/when-never-again-means-nothing Wed, 29 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, the world marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Allied forces during World War II. Politicians of all stripes dutifully tweeted, "#NeverAgain." Meanwhile, many of those same politicians continued to forward the worst sort of anti-Semitism, blithely ignoring the fact that anti-Semitism isn't a relic of the past but a thriving part of the present.</p> <p>Take, for example, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Omar has, in the past two years alone, sponsored an anti-Semitic resolution that likened boycotts of Israel to boycotts of Nazi Germany; rejected a Democratic-sponsored resolution backing a two-state solution in order to chide the Trump administration and Israel, because the solution wasn't radical enough; and repeatedly suggested that Jewish money manipulates American foreign policy on Israel. Her anti-Semitism was so palpable that the Democrats were forced to debate and then water down a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. Still, Omar tweeted, "Today and every day, we must redouble our efforts to confront anti-Semitism and all forms of religious discrimination and say #NeverAgain."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 29, 2020</p> 2bab57958366b5eb251e97dc6cd7f77a The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez School of Economics for 01/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/20/the-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-school-of-economics Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Monday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., sat for a discussion with author Ta-Nehisi Coates. She dropped a number of shocking statements &#8212; statements that elicited nothing but murmurs of agreement from Coates. AOC claimed: "No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars." How, pray tell, are American billionaires responsible for such massive theft? According to AOC, the very mechanisms of capitalism mandate such theft. In her view, successful businesspeople simply exploit their workers while maximizing their profits. Hypothetically speaking about billionaires making widgets, she said: "You didn't make those widgets! You sat on a couch while thousands of people were paid modern-day slave wages and, in some cases, real modern-day slavery ... You made that money off the backs of undocumented people." </p> <p>This, of course, is nonsense. Voluntary exchange of labor for wages is, as stated, <i> voluntary </i>, and the fact that there are many people willing and able to labor in the manufacture of widgets is presumably responsible for lower wages. Companies that refuse to pay their workers market wages will soon watch those workers migrate to other businesses or other industries. It is a patent violation of free market principles to utilize force in order to compel someone to work for you; blaming the free market for coercion is like blaming free speech for censorship. Exploitation in labor markets is typically accompanied by government subsidies, regulation and interventionism.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 22, 2020</p> 746206af9dec2b77ff9fd16a71b7c424 The Perpetual Intersectional Revolution Eats Its Own for 01/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/20/the-perpetual-intersectional-revolution-eats-its-own Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In 2008, Democrats nominated for president a first-term U.S. senator with no serious legislative experience, Barack Obama. They nominated him over the long-championed, long-celebrated presumptive heir apparent to the Democratic leadership, Hillary Clinton. Obama was, of course, the first black Democratic nominee, and he would be the first black president.</p> <p>Yet in 2020, 12 years later, we have been informed by the media that Democrats are ensconced in racism anew. Why? First, because Democrats refused to activate in support of awkwardly robotic Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who is black; second, because Democrats refused to activate in support of wild-eyed former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, who is Latino; and now because Democrats refused to activate in support of scenery-chewing Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who is black. Democrats have been accused by the media of having ignored their initially diverse field in favor of old, white candidates (amusingly, the media only noticed that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was, indeed, an old white person when actual people of color were booted from the race). It appears that the memory of President Obama &#8212; not yet four years old &#8212; is not enough to insulate Democrats from charges of discrimination.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 15, 2020</p> 79b1550b14a36598961dbf972aa3e0c5 Trump's Iran Policy Isn't the Problem; Barack Obama's Was for 01/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/20/trumps-iran-policy-isnt-the-problem-barack-obamas-was Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, President Donald Trump launched a global round of teeth gnashing when he ordered the killing of the greatest terrorist leader in the modern Middle East, Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was unquestionably responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq and thousands of others throughout the Middle East &#8212; mostly Muslim. His global terror network ran from South America to Europe to Africa to Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Soleimani was an unparalleled organizer and a pitiless murderer. His death was richly earned.</p> <p>But for many in the media and on the domestic and international left, Trump's action was precipitously "provocative." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Soleimani's killing &#8212; which came directly after a Soleimani-approved terror assault on America's embassy in Baghdad and amidst reported further plans for escalated terror against American targets &#8212; "disproportionate." Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., suggested that Trump, not the Iranians, had "escalated" the situation. Former Vice President Joe Biden said that Trump had "just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 08, 2020</p> 9170eda56d303f5e5aa645e11ae67e4b When Anti-Semitism Doesn't Matter for 01/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/19/when-anti-semitism-doesnt-matter Wed, 01 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In October 2018, during Sabbath morning services, a white supremacist attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, murdering 11 people and wounding another six. In April 2019, in the middle of Passover, a white supremacist attacked the Chabad of Poway synagogue, murdering one person and seriously wounding another three. Both incidents started absolutely necessary conversations about the prevalence and nature of the white supremacist threat to Jews across the country.</p> <p>Four people were murdered at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City by self-described Black Hebrew Israelites just weeks ago; five people were stabbed at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, New York; this week alone, New York police are investigating at least nine anti-Semitic attacks. The upsurge of violence against Jews in New York in particular has finally prompted commentary from Democratic politicians ranging from New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who just weeks ago expressed shock at anti-Semitism reaching "the doorstep of New York City"; to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who expressed puzzlement at the attacks, noting broadly: "This is an intolerant time in our country. We see anger; we see hatred exploding."<p>Updated: Wed Jan 01, 2020</p> f08dccdf0f9feed65c0cab36e325f799 The Right to Destroy Cities for 12/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/19/the-right-to-destroy-cities Wed, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court effectively mandated continued legal tolerance for homelessness across major cities on the West Coast of the United States. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Americans have a right to sleep on the streets, and that it amounts to "cruel and unusual punishment" under the Constitution to levy fines based on such behavior. That court &#8212; a repository of stupidity and radicalism, the Mos Eisley of our nation's federal bench &#8212; decided that writing a $25 ticket to people "camping" on the sidewalk is precisely the sort of brutality the Founding Fathers sought to prohibit in stopping torture under the Eighth Amendment.</p> <p>That ruling was so patently insane that even liberal politicians such as Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the appeal attempt. "Letting the current law stand handicaps cities and counties from acting nimbly to aid those perishing on the streets, exacerbating unsafe and unhealthy conditions that negatively affect our most vulnerable residents," he explained. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 18, 2019</p> 00498c9bf1390a81171bfa9ac9623e48 Will Democrats Accept the Results of the 2020 Elections? for 12/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/19/will-democrats-accept-the-results-of-the-2020-elections Wed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the lead-up to the 2016 election, Democrats fretted openly about the possibility that Donald Trump, being a rather poor sport, might refuse to acknowledge an election loss. To be fair, Trump refused to state that he <i> would </i> accept election results, depending on the circumstances: "I'll keep you in suspense," he stated in his Oct. 19, 2016, debate with Hillary Clinton. Clinton, for her part, called his statement "horrifying," adding that he was harming American democracy.</p> <p>Trump, of course, won. And Clinton spent the next couple of years suggesting openly that she had been robbed in the election. Democrats blamed Clinton's election loss on Russian interference, on voter suppression, on anything but Clinton's campaign performance. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 11, 2019</p> f467921e120af492e5f5d4883152aa31 The Disproportionate Trickle-Down of Bad Social Politics for 12/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/19/the-disproportionate-trickle-down-of-bad-social-politics Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Paul Krugman of The New York Times posited a theory: Red states cause depression and suicide. In a column titled "America's Red State Death Trip," Krugman wrote: "In 1990, today's red and blue states had almost the same life expectancy. Since then, however, life expectancy in Clinton states has risen more or less in line with other advanced countries, compared with almost no gain in Trump country. At this point, blue-state residents can expect to live more than four years longer than their red-state counterparts." On this basis, Krugman blasts Attorney General William Barr, who suggested earlier this year that militant secularism lies behind rising mortality in the United States. Instead, Krugman suggested that "these evils are concentrated in states that voted for Trump, and have largely bypassed the more secular blue states."</p> <p>Krugman's analysis here is deeply flawed. It is flawed because it is far too simplistic. First off, states are not good proxies for political viewpoint <i> within states</i>, which would be far more telling: Texas encompasses both Austin and Lubbock, for example. Secondly, Krugman links 2016 voting patterns to 1990 data, but some of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic shifted over that same time frame from blue to red (e.g., Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan), demonstrating that voting may have resulted from distress, not the other wary around. But more importantly, Krugman assumes that conservatism presages lower life expectancy, rather than that those in lower-income rural areas are turning toward conservatism as a result of the social liberalism pushed forward by the left. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 04, 2019</p> f3fac3bcc705845354cd7bf15e441936 Pete Buttigieg's Big Mistake: Telling the Truth for 11/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/19/pete-buttigiegs-big-mistake-telling-the-truth Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has risen to the top of the heap in early Democratic presidential primary polling in Iowa and New Hampshire, came under serious sustained attack for the first time in his candidacy. Buttigieg's early candidacy gained credibility thanks to the moderation he displayed compared with other Democrats. He quickly lost steam when he tacked to the left. Now Buttigieg has swiveled back toward the center, launching a series of assaults on the radical plans of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and stealing her momentum in the largely white early primary states.</p> <p>Normally, such political rises are attended by a spate of negative reactionary coverage, and Buttigieg's story is no different. The most effective attack on Buttigieg has centered around his complete lack of black support &#8212; a crucial problem for a candidate whose party sees black voters as a near supermajority of primary voters in states like South Carolina. Some of those attacks have focused on Buttigieg's less-than-stellar governance in South Bend, where crime rates have remained critically high and relations between the local population and police have been strained throughout his tenure.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 27, 2019</p> 681c1352cb462b7343d82a130dc489d2 How to Disunite America for 11/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/19/how-to-disunite-america Wed, 20 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">This week, Chick-fil-A, the immensely popular Christian-owned chicken sandwich giant, caved to the cultural left. For years, the left targeted Chick-fil-A, dating back to the 2012 revelation that Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy supports traditional marriage &#8212; and, horror of horrors, that charities given donations by Chick-fil-A support traditional marriage. This prompted paroxysms of outrage in the media, who quickly demanded that Chick-fil-A toe the Democratic Party line, despite the fact that then-President Barack Obama did not officially endorse same-sex marriage until May 2012.</span><br></p> <p>The rage of the cultural left led to unsuccessful boycotts &#8212; Chick-fil-A's business expanded from $1 billion in 2001 to $5 billion in 2013 to $10.5 billion today &#8212; but successful hijackings of local government. When the cultural left can't achieve what it wants through public mobilization, it simply uses the power of government to blackmail those it dislikes. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 20, 2019</p> fba0dc9562dbbf4cd07526ad43d7a563 Are Conservative Immigration Restrictionists Racist? for 11/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/19/are-conservative-immigration-restrictionists-racist Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, The Atlantic released its newest issue, provocatively titled "How to Stop a Civil War." Leading its collection of essays is a fascinating piece by Yoni Applebaum. In it, Applebaum posits that at the crux of America's vitriolic politics lies demographic change: "The United States is undergoing a transition perhaps no rich and stable democracy has ever experienced: Its historically dominant group is on its way to becoming a political minority &#8212; and its minority groups are asserting their co-equal rights and interests." This, he suggests, has led to an impasse for the center-right, which refuses to adapt to changing demographics, instead doubling down on President Donald Trump's white, working-class base. Applebaum explains, "When a group that has traditionally exercised power comes to believe that its eclipse is inevitable, and that the destruction of all it holds dear will follow, it will fight to preserve what it has &#8212; whatever the cost."</p> <p>But Applebaum's thesis doesn't explain why, in his view, conservatives have abandoned the attempt to persuade new populations. Applebaum himself acknowledges that a "conservatism defined by ideas can hold its own against progressivism, winning converts to its principles and evolving with each generation." Why, then, have conservatives supposedly given up?<p>Updated: Wed Nov 13, 2019</p>