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 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:08:50 -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 b137f201aa96813720e7505c72fc251f When the Counterculture Becomes the Culture for 08/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/20/when-the-counterculture-becomes-the-culture Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In November 2015, three years after taking the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert, a career journeyman most recently unsuccessful with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The following preseason, Kaepernick began donning garb designed to mock police officers, including socks with cops dressed as pigs. He also remained seated for the national anthem during a preseason game, claiming, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." </p> <p>At the time, multiple NFL players spoke out in opposition to Kaepernick's symbolic move: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said, "You've got to respect the flag, and you've got to stand up with your teammates. It's bigger than just you, in my opinion. You go up there; you're with a team; and you go and pledge your allegiance to the flag, and sing the national anthem with your team, and then you go about your business." At the time, this was a majority proposition: Seventy-two percent of Americans thought the gesture unpatriotic, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 05, 2020</p> 936855677206a1acd987fbc29ad7dcb0 The Left's Willingness to Tolerate Violence Should Frighten All Americans for 07/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/20/the-lefts-willingness-to-tolerate-violence-should-frighten-all-americans Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Mostly peaceful."</p> <p>So goes the characterization of demonstrations that have routinely turned into looting and rioting for months on end, from Portland to Seattle to New York to Los Angeles. "Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified," read one recent ABC News tweet. CNN called protests in Portland "mostly peaceful," adding that "they have at times devolved into violence, vandalism, and arson." During riots in Los Angeles in June, as the entire county locked down, the Los Angeles Times noted, "The third night of countywide curfews followed days of massive, mostly peaceful protests ... Nearly 1,200 people were arrested Sunday after police officers clashed with demonstrators and looters shattered windows and emptied stores in Santa Monica and Long Beach."<p>Updated: Wed Jul 29, 2020</p> d22a57fbb0ca46d4ef6a3390f1b5d65f America Is Hitting the Self-Destruct Button for 07/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/20/america-is-hitting-the-self-destruct-button Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal released the results of a poll performed in conjunction with NBC News. The poll found that 56% of Americans believe American society is racist. Seventy-one percent believe race relations are either very or fairly bad. Most troubling, 65% of black Americans say that racial discrimination is built into American society, "including into our policies and institutions."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The notion that America is systemically racist bodes ill for the future. It's also a dramatic lie.</span> American history is replete with racism; racism was indeed the root of systems ranging from slavery to Jim Crow. But the story of America is the story of the cashing of Martin Luther King Jr.'s promissory note: the fulfillment of the pledge of the Declaration of Independence to treat all men equally, to grant them protection of their unalienable natural rights. America has worked to extirpate the nearly universal sin of bigotry in pursuit of the fulfillment of the declaration. The story of America is 1776, not 1619; it's Abraham Lincoln, not John C. Calhoun; it's Martin Luther King Jr., not Robin DiAngelo.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 22, 2020</p> fe4eadede4126169a04bf58dc35ebf11 Safety Lies Only in Surrender ... or Resistance for 07/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/20/safety-lies-only-in-surrender-or-resistance Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>This week, gadfly New York Times columnist Bari Weiss resigned her position at the so-called newspaper of record. She did so after years of fielding slings and arrows from her own colleagues and editors, who treated her as an ultra-conservative enemy &#8212; this despite the fact that her perspective on the world is an eclectic mix of social progressivism, skepticism toward regulation and foreign policy hawkishness. (Personal disclosure: I, along with many people right, left and center consider Bari a friend.) The pressure on Weiss from within the newspaper had reached extraordinary proportions: Excerpts of staff Slack chats revealed colleagues openly discussing why Weiss ought to lose her job, maligning her as a bigot and suggesting publicly that she is a liar. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 15, 2020</p> 78e50bc56c27e79c239dac9962a476f7 Not All Black Lives Matter to Black Lives Matter for 07/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/07/20/not-all-black-lives-matter-to-black-lives-matter Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, CNN's Don Lemon, who has spent the last few weeks bashing the supposed thoroughgoing systemic racism of the United States, hosted black actor Terry Crews. He then proceeded to browbeat Crews, who had committed the great sin of tweeting, "#ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER 9 black CHILDREN killed by violence in Chicago since June 20, 2020." Lemon specifically objected to Crews' hashtag. After Lemon humbly informed Crews that he has skin "as tough as an armadillo," he then lectured: "The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality. ... But that's not what Black Lives Matter is about. It's not ... all-encompassing ... The Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that matter, not about what's happening in black neighborhoods."</p> <p>This, of course, is largely false. The Black Lives Matter movement did indeed begin with protests about police brutality but quickly morphed into broader debates over the validity of looting and rioting, tearing down historic statues, slavery reparations and defunding the police. And Black Lives Matter, as Crews correctly pointed out, has never restricted its mandate to the question of police violence: It has announced that its focuses also include police brutality, transgender rights, gay rights, disrupting the nuclear family and freeing Palestine, among other diverse topics.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 08, 2020</p> 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>