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 Thu, 23 May 2019 22:09:52 -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 2599adc33c101fc744e10de5585f7cf5 No, Abortion Isn't a Constitutional Right for 05/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/19/no-abortion-isnt-a-constitutional-right Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the past several weeks, a bevy of states have passed extensive new restrictions on abortion. Alabama has effectively banned abortion from point of conception. Georgia has banned abortion from the time a heartbeat is detected, as have Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. Missouri has banned abortion after eight weeks. Other states are on the move as well.</p> <p>This has prompted paroxysms of rage from the media and the political left &#8212; the same folks who celebrated when New York passed a law effectively allowing abortion up until point of birth and who defended Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's perverse statements about late-term abortion. According to these thinkers, conservatives have encroached on a supposed "right to abortion" inherent in the Constitution. <p>Updated: Wed May 22, 2019</p> d513c6a2fd44082dca76601516ec46a0 The Manufactured Constitutional Crisis for 05/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/19/the-manufactured-constitutional-crisis Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over the past several weeks, Democrats have spent their time defending the absurd notion that America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. What, pray tell, has initiated this crisis? The supposed unwillingness of Attorney General William Barr to turn over to Congress unredacted sections of the Mueller report, plus underlying grand jury materials. Barr, for his part, correctly points out that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure bar him from revealing grand jury testimony. That rule was put in place by Congress itself. Nonetheless, Democrats, seeking to manufacture a feeling of Nixonian chaos, have claimed that the Trump administration is now seeking to block the release of a report that Barr <i> himself </i> released. The Mueller report is, indeed, public.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Playing politics with our institutional health is a dangerous game. </span>Here's the truth: Our system of checks and balances is working just fine. Our politicians proclaim that the messy friction between the legislative, executive and judicial branches demonstrates that our politics is unworkable. But that friction is a feature of the system, not a bug. As James Madison explained in Federalist No. 51: "the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department, consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. ... Ambition must be made to counteract ambition."<p>Updated: Wed May 15, 2019</p> 9ae74c50283a0f5f1991738c918319e7 Why Scorn Matters for 05/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/05/19/why-scorn-matters Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Met Gala took place in New York City. The event has always been a showpiece for celebrities seeking to make a splash, from Rihanna in her Pope costume to Katy Perry dressed as a chandelier. This year's event was designed in homage to Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, "Notes on Camp." According to Sontag, "camp" is the "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."</p> <p>In reality, camp according to Sontag is something else: a deliberate attempt to tear down boundaries. "Camp taste," Sontag wrote, "turns its back on the good-bad axis of ordinary aesthetic judgment." "(H)igh culture," Sontag acknowledged, "is basically moral." Camp, by contrast, "is wholly aesthetic." In fact, it "incarnates a victory of 'style' over 'content,' 'aesthetics' over 'morality,' of irony over tragedy." It represents the "solvent of morality" and "neutralizes moral indignation, sponsors playfulness." As Kareem Khubchandani, performance studies and queer studies professor at Tufts University, told NBC News, camp "makes profane the things that are sacred." Sontag said something similar in her essay: Camp is a "sensibility that, among other things, converts the serious into the frivolous."<p>Updated: Wed May 08, 2019</p> ae3441c3fccb013f5c48a5ef9231401f Can Joe Biden Apologize His Way to the Presidency? for 05/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/can-joe-biden-apologize-his-way-to-the-presidency Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former vice president and new 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has a problem. His problem is simple: He has a record. That record is long and checkered. And that means that Biden has spent the first months of his undeclared campaign apologizing.</p> <p>In January, Biden apologized for having supported criminal sentencing laws that helped drive down crime in the United States. He did so because those laws are now considered both pass&#233; and un-woke &#8212; they've been maligned as inherently racist. Thus, Biden stated: "I haven't always been right. I know we haven't always gotten things right, but I've always tried," adding that the bill in the early 1990s "trapped an entire generation" and "was a big mistake when it was made." That's a change from 2016, when Biden told CNBC he wasn't ashamed "at all" for supporting the bill and bragged, "I drafted the bill."<p>Updated: Wed May 01, 2019</p> faf78f884a7e0acef3164301aa0751d2 Criticism of Ilhan Omar Isn't Incitement for 04/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/criticism-of-ilhan-omar-isnt-incitement Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A couple of years ago, I spoke at the University of California, Berkeley. My presence was apparently so offensive to a particular group of people that hundreds of police officers were necessary to ensure the safety of the event. As I spoke inside, the protesters milled about, chanting and shouting. One of their favorite ditties: "SPEECH IS VIOLENCE!"</p> <p>This, of course, is patent nonsense. Speech is not violence &#8212; and violence is not speech. Equating the two is the hallmark of a tyrannical worldview: If I can treat your speech as violence, then I am justified in using violence to suppress your speech. And yet that obvious fallacy has become the rallying cry in defense of execrable Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 17, 2019</p> 1381a62262e53467eeb458432ab7d7fa The Open Borders Agenda Rears Its Ugly Head for 04/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/the-open-borders-agenda-rears-its-ugly-head Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, President Trump fired his homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen was, according to media and the Democrats, a monster of the highest order. She was allegedly the force behind the caging of children (that practice began under President Barack Obama and actually ended under President Trump); she was supposedly a barbarian focused on keeping innocent brown children out of America.</p> <p>And Trump dumped her because even she was not cruel enough to please Genghis Trump, the left claimed. Stephen Colbert joked, "Sure, she put kids in cages, but Trump was upset. ... So he just needs someone who can be crueler to children than Kirstjen Nielsen." Jimmy Kimmel made nearly the same joke: "Goodbye, Kirstjen, and whoever replaces you permanently is going to have some very big cages to fill." Trevor Noah quipped, "Basically, the only job she can get now is working with R. Kelly."</p> <p>In reality, Trump fired Nielsen because he believed she hadn't properly taken measures to rein in the humanitarian crisis at the border. That was half true &#8212; she didn't react with alacrity to change the necessary Homeland Security regulations, for example. But it was also a result of Trump's changing whims with regard to border strategy. Trump was in favor of a no-tolerance border policy that necessarily resulted in family separations; then he was against it; then he was for it; then he was against it. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 10, 2019</p> dcb6c94d29ae0fd93cfd4245cde79292 When You Don't Appreciate Your Civilization for 04/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/04/19/when-you-dont-appreciate-your-civilization Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Biden Courage Awards ceremony in preparation for his presidential campaign launch. There, in an attempt to forestall claims that as a white man, he simply isn't intersectional enough to compete in the Democratic primaries, he critiqued a central pillar of Western civilization as inherently racist. "Back in the late 1300s, so many women were dying at the hands of their husbands because they were chattel, just like the cattle, or the sheep, that the court of common law decided they had to do something about the extent of the deaths," Biden fibbed. "So you know what they said? No man has a right to chastise his woman with a rod thicker than the circumference of his thumb. This is English jurisprudential culture, a white man's culture. It's got to change. It's got to change."</p> <p>Biden's take was, as always, historically illiterate. The "rule of thumb" story has been circulating for years &#8212; and it has been repeatedly debunked. There was no "rule of thumb," as feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers points out. "On the contrary," she writes, "British law since the 1700s and our American laws predating the Revolution prohibit wife beating." In actuality, the phrase originated in craftsmen so expert that they could perform tasks without precise measuring tools.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 03, 2019</p> b1259ad0000c79401c95e75ec5133dd3 Why We Don't Trust Our Institutions? for 03/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/why-we-dont-trust-our-institutions Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, special counsel Robert Mueller released his long-awaited report on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to impact the 2016 election. His conclusion: no collusion. It's been apparent for quite some time that Mueller would end up here &#8212; every indictment has been based on an ancillary crime, not the chief question of election conspiracy. Nonetheless, the final result came as a bombshell.</p> <p>That's because for two years, the mainstream media have treated Trump-Russian collusion as a reality. Facts would eventually arrive to fill in the gaps in the narrative. Surely, Trump's presidency would crumble when the deus ex machina, the Mueller report, arrived.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 27, 2019</p> cf054dd4292e072c2d21eb5a5fd3a077 How to Silence Debate, New Zealand Edition for 03/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/how-to-silence-debate-new-zealand-edition Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has unleashed a barrage of openly anti-Semitic commentary. She suggested that Israel had "hypnotized the world." She recently suggested that Jewish money lay behind American support for Israel. Finally, she suggested that American Israel supporters are representatives of dual loyalty. Her fellow Democrats shielded her from blowback by subsuming a resolution that condemns her anti-Semitism within a broader resolution that condemns intolerance of all types. Many of them suggested that labeling Omar's anti-Semitism actually represents a type of censorship &#8212; an attempt to quash debate about Israel, though none of Omar's comments even critiqued the Israeli government, and though many on the left have made anti-Israel arguments without invoking anti-Semitism.</p> <p>Now Omar's defenders have come out of the woodwork to suggest that criticism of her anti-Semitism was somehow responsible for the white supremacist shooting of 50 innocent people in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Two protesters, New York University students and best friends Leen Dweik and Rose Asaf, confronted Chelsea Clinton, who had gently chided Omar for her Jew hatred. "After all that you have done, all the Islamophobia that you have stoked," Dweik screamed, "this, right here, is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words you put out in the world. ... Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there." Dweik, it should be noted, has called for the complete elimination of Israel.</p> <p>Her message was parroted by terror supporter Linda Sarsour, who tweeted: "I am triggered by those who piled on Representative Ilhan Omar and incited a hate mob against her until she got assassination threats now giving condolences to our community. What we need you to do is reflect on how you contribute to islamophobia and stop doing that." <p>Updated: Wed Mar 20, 2019</p> 4545cc85ae64040249cffc0edf02c8ad Government Isn't the Social Fabric for 03/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/government-isnt-the-social-fabric Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Over the weekend, Democratic Fresh Face and socialist darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., spoke at the South by Southwest conference. While sitting amidst the enormous bounty provided by capitalism &#8212; top-notch electronic equipment, a massive crowd of paid ticket holders &#8212; AOC tore into capitalism. She called the system that has raised 80 percent of the globe from extreme poverty since 1980 "irredeemable." She railed against the injustice of people having to work jobs rather than write poetry &#8212; as though socialist countries are famous for ensuring that people work only the jobs they find spiritually rewarding. </p> <p>Finally, she settled on her most damning line of attack: America as it currently stands is "garbage," because in the United States, "if you don't have a job, you are left to die."</p> <p>That's an odd critique given the long history of death associated with socialism &#8212; some 45 million deaths under Mao, some 30 to 40 million under Stalin and some 2 million under Pol Pot, for starters. But it's an even odder critique given the fact that life expectancy has radically increased under capitalism: In 1850, the average European life expectancy was 36.3 years, while today, the average life expectancy across Europe stands at approximately 80. Furthermore, the United States currently boasts effective full employment. Our poor are in danger of dying of <i> obesity </i>, not starvation. And we spend, on a state and federal level, at least $1.1 trillion per year on means-tested welfare programs. By census data, that amounts to nearly $9,000 per household in the United States annually, or nearly $28,000 for every person living in poverty in the United States. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 13, 2019</p> 5d55add943b7172b7a132f83e0612041 The Righteous Mission of Bernie Sanders for 03/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/19/the-righteous-mission-of-bernie-sanders Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Sen. Bernie Sanders' perspective on the world is deeply wrong. He has spent his career defending oppressive socialist regimes across the planet while criticizing the supposed predation of the United States; he has generated no legislation of significance in decades of public service. His platform currently advocates for tax rates that mirror those of the Nordic countries, spending tens of trillions of dollars on various government-provided entitlements, and the destruction of well over 150 million people's private health insurance plans.</p> <p>But there is one area in which Bernie Sanders represents the better angels of the Democratic nature: race.</p> <p>Sanders is currently being excoriated by a radical segment of the Democratic Party for his racial views. Despite the fact that Sanders marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, he is now viewed as retrograde in his racial viewpoints. That's because he believes that socialism is a cure-all for racial discrimination. For example, Sanders refuses to endorse racial reparations, stating instead that broad-based governmental programs ought to benefit those who are lowest on the income ladder. He has likewise stated that candidates ought to be judged based on their ideas rather than their intersectional characteristics. In 2016, Sanders stated, "One of the struggles that you're going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics."<p>Updated: Wed Mar 06, 2019</p> 4569d82ebf5456e4b8978e2d463211d6 Venezuela and the Myth of Kinder, Gentler Socialism for 02/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/19/venezuela-and-the-myth-of-kinder-gentler-socialism Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Venezuela is a socialist country. Venezuela is also a dictatorship. Currently, Venezuela has fallen into open violence and complete chaos, with the strongman Nicolas Maduro ordering troops to open fire on those attempting to bring humanitarian aid into the country.</p> <p>Yet, strangely, Maduro still has his defenders. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the leading declared Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and avowed socialist, refuses to label Maduro a "dictator." Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said in full 9/11 truther mode, "Democrats need to be careful about a potential trap being set by Trump et al in Venezuela. Cheering humanitarian convoys sounds like the right thing to do, but what if it's not about the aid?" Fresh Face of the Democratic Party Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has remained shockingly silent about Venezuela, except to tell The Daily Caller News Foundation, "I think that, you know, the humanitarian crisis is extremely concerning but, you know, when we use non-Democratic means to determine leadership, that's also concerning, as well." Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., another Fresh Face of the Democratic Party, grilled U.S. envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams in an obvious attempt to stall on behalf of a gentler approach to Maduro.</p> <p>Why the shocking unwillingness by the socialist hard-liners in the Democratic Party to condemn Maduro and join the rest of the world in calling for his ouster? After all, we've been assured by Sanders, AOC, Omar and others that <i> true </i> socialism isn't at stake in Venezuela &#8212; <i> true </i> socialism can be found in nations like Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Yet even so, these socialist Democrats can't find it in their hearts to cut ties with Venezuela.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 27, 2019</p> 366a67db1535c677b7ced32f3099baf6 3 Lessons From the Jussie Smollett Hoax for 02/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/19/3-lessons-from-the-jussie-smollett-hoax Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>So, Jussie Smollett was lying.</p> <p>The "Empire" actor claimed that when he was walking home at 2 a.m. in Chicago, in the midst of the polar vortex, he was accosted by two assailants, both of whom shouted anti-gay and anti-black slurs at him. They then attempted to throw a noose around his neck and pour what he thought was bleach on him while shouting, "This is MAGA country!" he says.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 20, 2019</p> b35806970f8eabd2d4f82e9ef5a7944b The Republican Pouncing Problem for 02/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/19/the-republican-pouncing-problem Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the past few weeks, prominent Democrats have endorsed infanticide; admitted to dressing in blackface; called for an end to fossil fuels, airplanes and farting cows; and trafficked in open anti-Semitism. None of this is a serious problem for many in the media. For members of the media, the <i> real </i> story is that Republicans keep pouncing.</p> <p>Two weeks ago, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam stated in an interview that he favors legislation that would allow a woman to abort a baby at the point of dilation and then added that in certain cases in which a baby would be born alive, the baby would be kept "comfortable" while parents and doctors decide what to do with it. This seems rather radical. Here was the Washington Post's take, as said in a headline: "Republicans seize on liberal positions to paint Democrats as radical." The positions, you see, are ackshually mainstream. It's just that Republicans <i> seized </i> on them and <i> painted </i> them as radical.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 13, 2019</p> e70262a30ef18cf2449da0b4605c1f66 Baby Killing Is Fine. Yearbook Photos Are the Problem for 02/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/19/baby-killing-is-fine-yearbook-photos-are-the-problem Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Last week, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was hit with a shocking blast from the past: a photo on his medical school yearbook page of a man in blackface and another man in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam quickly apologized for the photo, then said he wasn't in the photo and then admitted he had once worn blackface and dressed up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest. He nearly moonwalked at a press conference before his wife gave him a look that could curdle milk.</p> <p>For this sin &#8212; the sin of an old, disgusting, racially insensitive photo &#8212; Northam now finds his political career on the skids. As of this writing, he's hanging on by his fingernails, even as his lieutenant governor struggles with dicey sexual assault allegations.</p> <p>The same week that Northam found himself in hot water, he endorsed a Virginia bill that would have broadened the ability of women to obtain an abortion up to the point of birth. Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran, a sponsor of the bill, stated in defense of her legislation that women would be able to obtain an abortion during <i> labor </i>. Northam then defended the bill, adding that if a baby were born alive during such an abortion &#8212; he assumed that the abortion would be due to "severe deformities" or "a fetus that's not viable" &#8212; then the baby could be "kept comfortable" while the family and the doctor decide its fate.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 06, 2019</p> 9fb13c17e41194281c067aaa9efd32c3 The Democrats' Radicalism Problem for 01/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/19/the-democrats-radicalism-problem Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Trump is deeply unpopular. According to RealClearPolitics, his favorability ratings now stand at just 41 percent &#8212; near-historic lows. This means that Democrats have the upper hand heading into 2020. All they have to do is <i> not </i> be radically insane.</p> <p>And they just can't do it.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 30, 2019</p> c4b3954c08468508106a6779900d9c41 Factually Incorrect Cannot Be Morally Correct for 01/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/19/factually-incorrect-cannot-be-morally-correct Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>A few weeks ago, the Fresh Face of the Democratic Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., gave one of the great defenses in the history of politics. Accused of fibbing and twisting facts to meet her radical agenda, Ocasio-Cortez explained, "I think that there's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually and semantically correct than about being morally right." Her statement was widely derided. But it is indeed the mantra of today's politics. The narrative must be preserved at all costs &#8212; even the cost of the truth.</p> <p>Take, for example, Ocasio-Cortez's ridiculous statements this week on the state of modern America. She explained that her plan to radically restructure the American economy is necessitated by the fact that "the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don't address climate change." She added: "And your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it? And like, this is the war &#8212; this is our World War II." Now, put aside her Nostradamus-like assertion regarding the incoming apocalypse. The important part followed: "How are we saying, 'Take it easy,' when the America that we're living in today is so dystopian with people sleeping in their cars so they can work a second job without health care and we're told to settle down."</p> <p>Now, when President Trump describes America as a dystopia rife with crime and suffering, the media point out that America is hardly a hellhole &#8212; we're the most prosperous country in the history of the world. But when the charming AOC uses her false depiction of America to press for higher marginal tax rates, we're supposed to buy her story.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 23, 2019</p> 73090b9080b3499f3ac5042e6e56bf0c When Checks and Balances Fail for 01/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/19/when-checks-and-balances-fail Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In February 2017, Dr. Christopher Duntsch became the first surgeon in American history known to be sentenced to prison for botching a patient surgery. A licensed neurosurgeon, Duntsch left a string of deaths and maimed bodies in his wake: He was accused of causing the death of two surgery patients and leaving 33 others permanently damaged. His patients left their lives in his hands; he left them paralyzed or dead. </p> <p>The checks and balances that were supposed to contain Duntsch failed utterly. His medical school licensed him but didn't require the preparation necessary to instill competence. Hospitals suspended him but didn't report him. The medical board could do nothing without forms filed against him. Patients were left without recourse.</p> <p>When checks and balances fail, damage is usually the result.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> 91a4db5346bd60cd50ae5f95f32d7325 The Scientific Experts Who Hate Science for 01/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/19/the-scientific-experts-who-hate-science Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. This isn't the first time a major mental health organization has favored politics over science &#8212; in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association famously reclassified "gender identity disorder" in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, calling it "gender dysphoria" and then explaining that living with the delusion that you are a member of the opposite sex is not actually a mental disorder at all. That ruling was based on <i> zero </i> scientific evidence &#8212; much like the original DSM-5 classification of pedophilia as a "sexual orientation" before it was renamed "pedophilic disorder" under public pressure.</p> <p>The latest example of the American Psychological Association's political hackery concerns the topic of "traditional masculinity." In the APA journal, it announced that it had released new guidelines to "help psychologists work with men and boys." Those guidelines suggest that "40 years of research" show that "traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly." The APA explains that "traditional masculinity &#8212; marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression &#8212; is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors." </p> <p>Never mind that traditional masculinity &#8212; a masculinity geared toward channeling masculine instincts of building and protecting, rather than tearing down &#8212; built Western civilization and protected it from the brutalities of other civilizational forces. Never mind that traditional masculinity protected femininity and elevated women to equal status in public policy. Traditional masculinity is actually just men sitting around and eating burgers while grunting at one another about football, all the while crying on the inside because they have been prohibited by society from showing their feelings.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 09, 2019</p> a28207bf962e7176841f8b2bf3a156a4 2019: The Year of the Wokescolds for 01/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/19/2019-the-year-of-the-wokescolds Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>2018 was a chaotic year. It was a chaotic year for the markets, for domestic and international politics, and for social mores. 2019 promises more of the same, if the end of the prior year was any indicator. And it promises something else: the continued rise of the Wokescolds.</p> <p>Wokescolds are the new representatives of moral panic. We've seen plenty of moral panic before in the United States, from worries about violent video games, to concern about allegations of sex abuse at day care facilities. But never have we seen a moral panic of the stunning breadth of today's woke moral panic. It's a moral panic that insists we change fundamental characteristics of our society, from biology, to language, to politics, to religion, to romantic relations, to art, to comedy. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 02, 2019</p>