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 Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:50:11 -0800 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 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> 3468b3144c5411cce9daab28d86e08ea Is Elizabeth Warren Set to Fall? for 11/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/19/is-elizabeth-warren-set-to-fall Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This has been an awful week for the purported new 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. For months, Warren has received nearly unmitigated praise from the media for her bevy of "plans." She's been praised as "wonkish" and "brainy" and "focused." Her growth in the polls has been the dual result of a strong organizational effort by her campaign in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and endless gobs of drool from reporters.</p> <p>But now the bloom is coming off the rose.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 06, 2019</p> a0d8e2f46c47b96a70438a3bbd66884d The J Street Democrats for 10/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/19/the-j-street-democrats Wed, 30 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, four of the top candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination &#8212; Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro and Bernie Sanders &#8212; gathered at the J Street Conference to explain why the United States ought to pressure the state of Israel to make concessions to terrorists, why the Obama administration was correct to appease the Iranian regime and why American Jews ought to value the opinions of Bernie Sanders over those of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the future of Jewish safety. Two other top Democrats &#8212; Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden &#8212; sent video messages in support of the group.</p> <p>By contrast, when the American Israel Public Affairs Committee held its annual conference in March, not a single Democratic presidential candidate showed up. The Democrats are, by and large, simply too ashamed to stand with an actual pro-Israel group, although prominent congressional leaders still show up to mouth nostrums about bipartisan support for Israel.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 30, 2019</p> 5c42c395d88a8187d2df31f8d27c8e3f The 'Lynching' Controversy and the Death of Common Language for 10/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/19/the-lynching-controversy-and-the-death-of-common-language Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the Bible, the people of Babel unite in fighting God; they decide to build a massive tower to challenge God's supremacy. God, annoyed by their presumption, promptly causes them to speak a variety of tongues, dividing them and ending the foolhardy project. </p> <p>The story represents a simple truth: unity relies, at least in large part, on shared language.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 23, 2019</p> fad3387dfc351907a82e7e7190a0056a Beto Says the Quiet Part out Loud for 10/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/19/beto-says-the-quiet-part-out-loud Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Failing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is raging against the dying of his political light. Desperate and alone, his campaign on the precipice of collapse, Beto has banked on one policy: radical honesty. And that means he is now saying the quiet part of the progressive agenda out loud. This is a candidate who openly claims he'll come take Americans' guns (though he then pretends this won't involve the police acting as an enforcement arm in removing those weapons). This is a candidate who suggests that abortion one day before full term is a constitutional right.</p> <p>And <span class="column--highlighted-text">now this is a candidate who admits that he will seek to bankrupt virtually every traditional religious institution in America.</span><p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 3760eae096c3311af636d1c39d1a4058 The NBA Proves That Corporate Social Activism Is All About the Dollars for 10/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/19/the-nba-proves-that-corporate-social-activism-is-all-about-the-dollars Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In recent years, the NBA has become famously political. During the heyday of the Black Lives Matter movement, the NBA permitted players to wear slogan-printed T-shirts in support, and stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke out loudly on the issue. The Sacramento Kings actually announced a partnership with the local branch of the movement. And NBA players have had little problem denouncing President Trump, whom James called a "bum." In 2017, Commissioner Adam Silver actually tried to blackmail the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, by pulling the All-Star Game, all in an attempt to restore the so-called "bathroom bill" for transgender people.</p> <p>The NBA has reaped the benefit from its benevolent attitude toward left-leaning social activism, too. Silver, like former Commissioner David Stern before him, has been praised ad infinitum by the press, compared favorably to that alleged corporate hobgoblin Roger Goodell of the NFL. Silver told CNN just last year that "part of being an NBA player" is social activism and a "sense of an obligation, social responsibility, a desire to speak up directly about issues that are important." Silver stated the league wants players to "be multi-dimensional people and fully participate as citizens." He specifically explained that the league had a role in ensuring that the situation remains "safe" for players afraid of suffering career blowback.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 09, 2019</p> b6b4d0f7aea2c0ddb3b16008b26d5143 Impeachment Isn't Merited for 10/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/19/impeachment-isnt-merited Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump is a bull in a china shop. He says inadvisable things to inadvisable people, mainly because he is inadvisable &#8212; literally no one can advise him. The vast majority of things Trump says are ignored or brushed off by those who understand the difference between bloviation and manipulation. Still, Trump's constant stream of noise can make it difficult to tell the difference between the two.</p> <p>So when an intelligence community whistleblower came forward with an allegation that, on a call with the Ukrainian president, Trump proposed a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government &#8212; release of military aid in exchange for a Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden &#8212; the allegation didn't appear absurd on its face. The timeline, after all, seemed to match up: Trump allegedly suspended military aid to Ukraine personally a week before talking with the Ukrainian president, only to release the aid after the holdup was met with public scrutiny. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 07d62b33ffa166426550ad9ab26a288f Catastrophic Thinking Without Solutions for 09/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/19/catastrophic-thinking-without-solutions Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In July, Adam Grant, organizational psychologist at Wharton Business School, tweeted: "Agendas aren't driven by problems. They're driven by solutions. Calling out what's wrong without proposing ways to make it right is complaining."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">This week, complaining was the order of the day.</span><p>Updated: Wed Sep 25, 2019</p> 3dc5e7d82477aa6edcf6ebbe1f751c24 The Alternative History of the United States for 09/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/19/the-alternative-history-of-the-united-states Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, Democrats held their first true presidential debate. With the field winnowed down to 10 candidates &#8212; three of them actual contenders for the nomination &#8212; only one moment truly stood out. That moment came not from Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders but from a candidate desperate for attention: Beto O'Rourke.</p> <p>O'Rourke ran in 2018 for a Senate seat in Texas and lost in shockingly narrow fashion to incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. But his persona at the time was more Biden than Bernie: He ran as a unifying quasi-moderate, an Obama-esque figure determined to bring Americans together. In the early going of the presidential race, Beto was figured to be a prime contender: An April poll showed him in a solid third place. But he's faded dramatically; now the once-media darling is polling below 3 percent.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 18, 2019</p> 8833fe8576a231e086ac50ed56c19066 Did We Learn the Lesson of 9/11? for 09/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/19/did-we-learn-the-lesson-of-911 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's now been nearly a full generation since Sept. 11, 2001. There are people currently serving in the U.S. military who weren't born when that act of evil took place &#8212; and the military still has thousands of troops in Afghanistan, the home base of the Taliban-supported al Qaida attack on the United States that took nearly 3,000 American lives. </p> <p>With time comes forgetfulness. The same period of time has now elapsed since Sept. 11 that elapsed between the end of World War I (1918) and the German re-occupation of the Rhineland in contravention of the Treaty of Versailles (1936). Believing that World War I had ended all war, the Allied powers did nothing. That same year, Germany concluded its Axis alliance with Italy, as well as its Anti-Comintern Pact with Japan. Less than three years later, the world would be at war.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 11, 2019</p> 86f8a9bdfff62a70c17f53de52b65d8d How the Quest for Power Corrupted Elizabeth Warren for 09/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/19/how-the-quest-for-power-corrupted-elizabeth-warren Wed, 04 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I first met Elizabeth Warren when she was a professor at Harvard Law School, in 2004. She was fresh off the publication of her bestselling book, "The Two-Income Trap." There's no doubt she was politically liberal &#8212; our only face-to-face meeting involved a recruitment visit at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, where she immediately made some sort of disparaging remark about Rush Limbaugh &#8212; but at the time, Warren was making waves for her iconoclastic views. She wasn't a doctrinaire leftist, spewing Big Government nostrums. She was a creative thinker.</p> <p>That creative thinking is obvious in "The Two-Income Trap," which discusses the rising number of bankruptcies among middle-class parents, particularly women with children. The book posits that women entered the workforce figuring that by doing so, they could have double household income. But so many women entered the workforce that they actually inflated prices for basic goods like housing, thus driving debt skyward and leading to bankruptcies for two-income families. The book argued that families with one income might actually be better off, since families with two incomes spent nearly the full combined income and then fell behind if one spouse lost a job. Families with one income, by contrast, spent to the limit for one income, and if a spouse was fired, the unemployed spouse would then look for work to replace that single income.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 04, 2019</p>