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 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:30:47 -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 0f89674e3835505aadc144a4b6aeade4 The Problem of 'Anti-Racism' for 07/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/20/the-problem-of-anti-racism Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today, the nostrum goes, it is not enough for Americans to be not racist. They must be "anti-racist." This woke terminology has infused our lexicon. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., recently declared from the well of the Senate: "Being race-conscious is not enough. It never was. We must be anti-racists." What, pray tell, is the difference between being against racism and being anti-racist? Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to Be An Antiracist," provides an answer: Racism is no longer to be defined as the belief that someone is inferior based on race. Instead, racism is to be defined as the belief that <i> any </i> group differences can be attributed to <i> anything other than racism </i>. Thus, any system that ends with different outcomes must be racist. Indeed, Kendi contends, "Racism itself is institutional, structural, and systemic." </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">To be anti-racist means to tear down these systems. Any obstacle in the pursuit of equality of outcome must be torn down, assumed to be a product of discrimination.</span> Basic decency, then, means that we must oppose even institutions that have been considered hallmarks of freedom. Those institutions, after all, have exacerbated inequalities, or at least failed to rectify those inequalities. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 01, 2020</p> 6b29172a6d7e0a274a170fed225eaf1d The Only Good People in History for 06/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/20/the-only-good-people-in-history Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Truly, we live in auspicious times.</p> <p>Those who have sinned will be cast down; those who are sinless will set new social standards for the rest of us. After all, we now live in the only generation ever to produce truly virtuous human beings. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 24, 2020</p> 180023a7a9753d3c6326300929bebc7e Our Totalitarian Moment for 06/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/20/our-totalitarian-moment Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America feels like it's falling apart.</p> <p>That's because it is.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 17, 2020</p> f14e6d4532b2b8a22c0a5677f554a02f Woke Chaos and Naked Power for 06/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/20/woke-chaos-and-naked-power Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With the death of George Floyd &#8212; a heinous atrocity virtually every American decries &#8212; unity should have prevailed. Americans hate police brutality; Americans care about black lives; Americans despise looting and rioting; Americans want to protect citizens but preserve the ability of the police to stop crime. </p> <p>Instead, the country seems to be falling apart. That's because of the utterly chaotic political and media response to the Floyd tragedy: a response that demands agreement but, most of all, requires compliance. You must kneel.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 10, 2020</p> 08e017ba716b1ec47345157e11260f6f The Controlled Burn Rages out of Control for 06/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/06/20/the-controlled-burn-rages-out-of-control Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the wake of riots that have spread across America, leaving shattered businesses and wounded communities in their wake, it feels as though our nation is collapsing around us. That's bizarre, considering that virtually all Americans agree with the following two propositions: first, that it is evil for a police officer to place his knee on the neck of a prone suspect struggling to breathe for eight long minutes; second, that breaking store windows; stealing televisions and shoes; beating business owners; and attacking police officers is wrong. That seeming unanimity should mean unity in the face of police brutality and rioting and looting. </p> <p>It doesn't.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 03, 2020</p> 6fcda049eeaeb70d8f5e1abcd09eeec1 Making the World a Worse Place, One Twitter Mob at a Time for 05/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/20/making-the-world-a-worse-place-one-twitter-mob-at-a-time Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Life is filled with nuance, with complexity. Take, for example, the case of Amy Cooper. Cooper is a 41-year-old white woman who worked at Franklin Templeton, an asset management firm. She was walking her dog without a leash in the Ramble section of Central Park when she was confronted by a black man named Christian Cooper (no relation). He told her to leash her dog; she refused. According to Christian, he then stated, "Look, if you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it." She asked what he meant. He then summoned her dog, planning to give the dog treats. "I pull out the dog treats I carry for just such intransigence," he explained. </p> <p>At that point, he began filming the exchange. She told him to stop taping; he refused. While grabbing her dog by its collar, she informed him she would call the cops. "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life," she said. He responded, "Please tell them whatever you like." She did, in fact, call the police, and said: "I'm in the Ramble, and there's a man, African American. He has a bicycle helmet, and he is recording me and threatening me and my dog."<p>Updated: Wed May 27, 2020</p> 75ed2bd3da7c329585c7b92b7d67f110 How Biden Could Be Handing Trump His Reelection for 05/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/20/how-biden-could-be-handing-trump-his-reelection Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In national polling, former vice president Joe Biden is the clear 2020 front-runner. He's up nearly 5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average; he's up in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. That's because Biden campaigned as the anti-Bernie Sanders: a "return to normalcy" candidate rather than a transformational one. His entire pitch relied on his high name recognition, the general perception of his likability and his unthreatening demeanor.</p> <p>The coronavirus pandemic merely underscored this pitch. Biden hasn't waned in the national polling since the pandemic &#8212; his lead has been utterly consistent. That's true even though Biden has been relegated to his basement, gaffing through completely anodyne statements about COVID-19, glitching his way to a few thousand viewers at a time, being interrupted by the birds honking outside his window. How can a major party candidate win if nobody cares whether he's even alive? Because Biden's candidacy isn't a referendum on Biden but on Trump: President Donald Trump is widely perceived as volatile, unstable, chaotic. Biden is perceived as somnambulant. Better a sleepwalker, many voters seem to think, than the rolling chaos of a second Trump term.<p>Updated: Wed May 20, 2020</p> 3889c2d2f7ea354de34167792ae7b01f How the Obama Administration Shattered the Rule of Law for 05/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/20/how-the-obama-administration-shattered-the-rule-of-law Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, former President Barack Obama reemerged from hibernation to lecture Americans about the threat to rule of law posed by the Trump administration. After Attorney General Bill Barr announced that the Department of Justice would be dropping its case against President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who had pled guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, Obama told his former aides, "our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk." He explained, "There is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. ... And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we've seen in other places."</p> <p>In reality, of course, Flynn was never charged with perjury. He was charged with lying to the FBI in the course of an investigation, a separate and far lesser offense, particularly given the fact that his alleged lie was immaterial to any underlying crime. In fact, as America found out over the past two weeks, Flynn wasn't supposed to be the subject of any investigation at all: The FBI had decided to close an investigation into Flynn in January 2017, even after supposedly nefarious calls between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok &#8212; the same man who pledged to lover and former FBI attorney Lisa Page that Donald Trump would never be president and suggested an "insurance policy" against that possibility &#8212; then intervened to keep the investigation open. The next day, during an Oval Office meeting, President Obama himself asked then-FBI Director James Comey about the Flynn-Kislyak communications. Next, Comey upped the ante: He avoided following normal FBI-White House protocols in order to interview Flynn, and Comey's deputy director, Andrew McCabe, avoided informing Flynn of his rights. Nonetheless, the FBI agents who conducted the interview suggested that they did not think Flynn was lying during that interview. As it turns out, notes between top FBI officials at the time said, "What's our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?" Flynn would later plead guilty to one count of lying to the FBI &#8212; at least in part because the FBI was threatening his son with prosecution.</p> <p>This should be a massive scandal. It should be a massive scandal because, at the very least, it demonstrates the nation's chief law enforcement agencies, prompted by political actors at the very top of the government, racing to bend the rules in order to pursue a case they were convinced they would make: the case that the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russian government. From the purposefully botched Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to the absurdly conjured prosecution of Flynn, the most powerful institutions in American life violated the protocols meant to restrict abuse, firmly secure in their own feelings of moral rectitude.<p>Updated: Wed May 13, 2020</p> d1d076f5e28453e5cb4c3b2650237cfa What Are We Trying to Accomplish With Coronavirus Policy? for 05/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/20/what-are-we-trying-to-accomplish-with-coronavirus-policy Wed, 06 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As Americans debate how to reopen our society in the wake of COVID-19, we seem to be breaking down into three groups: first, those who believe the virus isn't particularly serious and desperately want to reopen everything as soon as possible (a small minority of Americans, by polling data); second, those who believe the virus is extraordinarily serious and want everything to remain closed as long as possible (a significant minority of Americans); and third, those who believe the virus is extraordinarily serious, that the economic damage brought about by COVID-19 is extraordinarily serious and that we will have to reopen in considered fashion (the vast majority of Americans). While politicians on either side of the debate hope to position their opponents as advocates of either group 1 or group 2, the reality is that the honest debate is happening within group 3.</p> <p>So, what does a considered coronavirus reopening strategy look like?<p>Updated: Wed May 06, 2020</p> e33ee42a99683fa6e616605c15675e5c The Biden Double Standard for 04/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/20/the-biden-double-standard Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, new evidence emerged in the sexual assault allegation by former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade against the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. According to Business Insider, four people have stated that Reade told them contemporaneously about her accusation that Biden forcibly penetrated her with his fingers in 1993. Meanwhile, the Media Research Center uncovered a clip, purportedly of Reade's mother, calling into "Larry King Live" back in 1993 to obliquely refer to the allegation. While such evidence does not speak to the actual event at issue, it does demonstrate that Reade has been talking about the alleged incident since it occurred.</p> <p>The media ignored the original allegation for weeks. Now, even while reporting on the new developments, they've found ways to downplay their importance. Thus, The Washington Post &#8212; democracy dies in darkness! &#8212; wrote an article headlined "Trump allies highlight new claims regarding allegations against Biden." Normally, headlines are designed to convey information about the underlying story. This headline was apparently written in English, translated to Swahili and then to Punjabi via Google Translate and then back to English before printing. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 29, 2020</p> 8f1b4379c14b702f1e60d0514d715947 Every Crisis an Opportunity for 04/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/20/every-crisis-an-opportunity Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the price of oil futures collapsed catastrophically. In fact, the prices collapsed into negative territory in the near term. This bizarre situation, prompted by lack of consumer demand and lack of storage facility, led the irrepressible Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to tweet: "You absolutely love to see it. This along with record low interest rates means it's the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet." This tweet was too dumb even for her &#8212; an extraordinary bar, given her past commentary &#8212; and she deleted it. But she then reiterated the point in a follow-up tweet, characterizing the rock-bottom oil prices as a "key opportunity" to "create millions of jobs transitioning to renewable and clean energy."</p> <p>Needless to say, investing in expensive green energy at a time when oil producers cannot <i> give away oil </i> is peak stupidity. But the Boston University economics major's faux pas merely underscores an uncomfortable truth regarding this pandemic and its aftermath: For the most partisan, every crisis is an opportunity to push political priors. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 22, 2020</p> 9e1494d7eb93429ecb21c6c3a5f57ab7 What Does Reopening Look Like? for 04/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/20/what-does-reopening-look-like Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As our national lockdown drags on, Americans seem less and less inclined to move swiftly toward societal reopening. Perhaps that's due to the consistent media focus on the risks of reopening. Perhaps that's also due to the psychological comfort of the status quo: When we've been made to feel safe in our home, it's difficult to leave it. Or perhaps we, as a society, have so fundamentally altered our own perception of risk aversion that we aren't willing to leave our houses unless the risk is close to zero.</p> <p>Whatever the reason, it is simply untenable to lock Americans down for months more. Calls to do so ignore not only the catastrophic human suffering inflicted on millions &#8212; employees who no longer have jobs, children who can no longer attend school, entrepreneurs who have seen their life's dreams and savings destroyed at the behest of the government &#8212; but the reality of economics, which is that government cannot interminably pay everyone to stay at home. Furthermore, long-term lockdowns do not even prevent the virus from eventual second-wave spreading; when we emerge from our homes, we will pass the virus to one another again.</p> <p>So, how should we view the risks of reopening our society?<p>Updated: Wed Apr 15, 2020</p> 81f0d0eb651d8022468a10d2afd52bf8 The 3 Big Questions Nobody Is Answering for 04/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/20/the-3-big-questions-nobody-is-answering Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, according to members of the federal government, and state and local governments, Americans have begun to flatten the curve in the novel coronavirus outbreak. The excitement was muted &#8212; after all, trends can easily reverse &#8212; but real. Americans have abided by recommendations and orders. They've left their jobs to stay at home; they've practiced social distancing; in many places, they've donned masks. The result: a reduction in expected hospitalization and death. According to the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model most oft cited by members of the Trump administration, the expected need for hospital beds at peak outbreak was revised down by over 120,000, the number of ventilators by nearly 13,000 and the number of overall deaths by August by nearly 12,000.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Here's the problem: We still don't know the answers to the key questions that will allow the economy to reopen.</span><p>Updated: Wed Apr 08, 2020</p> 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>