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 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:59:43 -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 80492feaa07c541776cac7abc112c065 The Left's Gender Theories Are Anti-Scientific Nonsense, but They're Gaining Ground for 12/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/20/the-lefts-gender-theories-are-anti-scientific-nonsense-but-theyre-gaining-ground Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Nov. 22, 2020, New York Times columnist Charles Blow unleashed one of the most bizarre tweets in recent memory. "Stop doing gender reveals," he stated. "They're not cute; they're violent. All we know before a child is born is their anatomy. They will reveal their gender. It may match your expectations of that anatomy, and it may not. If you love the child you will be patience, attentive and open."</p> <p>This is patently insane for a variety of reasons.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 02, 2020</p> 75a6f3cf3135edd3622b050ebe6d2f63 Biden's 'Return to Normalcy' Is Going to Be Terrible for 11/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/bidens-return-to-normalcy-is-going-to-be-terrible Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>After spending two years avoiding serious questions about his policy preferences, his team and his prospective presidency, we now know what Joe Biden intends to do should the Electoral College, as expected, vote for him in December: He'll reopen the swamp for business. The media spent four long years suggesting that President Donald Trump was steeped in corruption, ensconced in partisanship, enmeshed in dangerous foreign policy fiascos. The media assured us that they would defend democracy from Trump's brutalities, that they would spend every waking moment fighting to prevent anyone from accepting Trumpian standards as the "new normal."</p> <p>Instead, the media suggested we needed to return to the old "normal" &#8212; by which they meant a system in which the media and Democrats worked hand-in-glove together to lie to the American public about the content of policy ("If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor!" &#8212; former President Barack Obama); in which conventional wisdom was treated as gospel truth, no matter how wrong it was ("There will be no advanced and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process" &#8212; John Kerry on Israel); and in which cozy relationships between corporations and government were considered <i> de rigueur </i>. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 25, 2020</p> 274be2d467062f1fc78994d59beea27f They Want to Shut You Up for 11/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/they-want-to-shut-you-up Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Abigail Shrier, author of the new book "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," found herself at the center of a firestorm. Her great crime: writing an assessment of the psychological phenomenon known as rapid onset gender dysphoria, where groups of psychologically vulnerable young girls begin to self-diagnose as transgender after one member of a peer group does so. The book is sober and evenhanded. Nonetheless, all hell broke loose after one person on Twitter &#8212; one! &#8212; tweeted at Target, prompting the retailer to pledge not to make Shrier's book available (a decision it later reversed).</p> <p>This wasn't Shrier's first turn in the barrel. When the book first came out some months back, Amazon quickly moved to prevent her from advertising it, although books openly stumping for hormone treatment for minors suffering from gender dysphoria have met no such ban. This time, however, the publicity began to rage out of control. A transgender Berkeley professor called for burning the book, arguing, "all you're doing is removing a commodity from circulation &#8212; much as one might destroy a contaminated crop." Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union, decided to abandon any pretense about defending civil liberties, tweeting, "stopping circulation of this book and these ideas is 100% a hill I will die on."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 18, 2020</p> d5e082412f774cf64977ff33941c6078 When 'Unity' Means 'Shut the Hell Up' for 11/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/when-unity-means-shut-the-hell-up Wed, 11 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Saturday evening, presidential frontrunner Joe Biden &#8212; who doesn't actually become president-elect until vote counts are certified &#8212; gave a preliminary victory address. In that address, he spoke of his mandate to govern: a mandate, he said, that extended to marshalling the "forces of decency ... fairness ... science ... hope." Which is a pretty vague mandate, as it turns out.</p> <p>But there was another overarching mandate Biden expressed: a mandate to come together, to unify as Americans. "To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy," Biden said. "We are not enemies. We are Americans."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 11, 2020</p> 6ee46b8ffac8194615afc9da3dc62718 The Woke Lose for 11/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/the-woke-lose Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Tuesday night, the American people spoke. They spoke with millions upon millions of voices to produce the greatest presidential election voter turnout in over a century. And they sent a variety of messages, most of them quite positive. </p> <p>Voters rejected the prevailing narratives of a media determined to make the election a pure referendum on Donald Trump's character. Even if Joe Biden prevails eventually, he will likely be faced with a Republican Senate majority and a 2022 contest that will put the House of Representatives squarely in Republican sights.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 04, 2020</p> 6db4f9bce2d6d03881e350a9876f02ee The Great COVID Lie for 10/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/20/the-great-covid-lie Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Until COVID-19 hit, President Donald Trump was on a glide path to reelection. On domestic policy, Trump's tax and regulatory cuts spurred the economy to heights unseen in 50 years; his Department of Education cracked down on the star-chamber courts applied on college campuses in cases of alleged sexual misconduct; he has appointed scores of well-qualified constitutionalist judges, including three Supreme Court justices. On foreign policy, Trump is the first president of my lifetime not to enter any foreign wars; he has brokered historic peace deals in the Middle East between Israel and Arab countries; he has stood up to Chinese predations in unprecedented ways.</p> <p>If this election had been held in February, Trump likely would have won. And he likely would have won rather easily. That's because Trump's often-terrible rhetoric would have taken a back seat to his actions, and Americans' pessimism about Trump's character would have taken a back seat to their optimism about his agenda.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 28, 2020</p> 8e4576b21d1557cf9f49821a3a9479b8 The Media Officially Becomes the Communications Department for Joe Biden for 10/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/20/the-media-officially-becomes-the-communications-department-for-joe-biden Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the New York Post published a bombshell story. Hunter Biden's laptop was apparently given to a computer repairman in Delaware, and a copy of the hard drive was turned over to the Post. The Post found several alarming emails. The first was a communique from a Ukrainian businessman from the natural gas company Burisma &#8212; the same company from which Hunter Biden would gain a reported $50,000-per-month salary as a board member, despite knowing nothing about Ukraine or natural gas. The communique contained the businessman's thanks to Hunter for brokering a meeting with Joe Biden.</p> <p>This was mildly damning, considering that Joe had blithely informed the world that he knew nothing of his ne'er-do-well son's foreign activities. What was more damning was an email thread that appeared to concern proposed compensation packages from the now-defunct CEFC China Energy Co. That thread identified Hunter as "Chair/Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC," with a proposed equity split of "20" for "H" (presumably Hunter) and "10 held by H for the big guy." A Fox News source privy to the thread confirmed that the "big guy" was Joe Biden. An apparent text from Hunter to one of his children contained this tantalizing suggestion: "(U)nlike Pop, I won't make you give me half your salary." <p>Updated: Wed Oct 21, 2020</p> b1e40061067872c4d8c8316e9e55e172 Why Democrats Hate Amy Coney Barrett for 10/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/20/why-democrats-hate-amy-coney-barrett Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Democrats struggled to explain why Judge Amy Coney Barrett should not be confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court. They trotted out hackneyed arguments, suggesting that some political norm had been broken by a Republican president nominating a judge to be confirmed as a justice by a Republican Senate in an election year. There have been 19 times where a seat became vacant in an election year and both the presidency and Senate were controlled by the same party, resulting in 17 judicial confirmations. They suggested that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish to leave her seat open until a Democrat takes power represented a sort of binding legal commitment.</p> <p>And they fumed.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 14, 2020</p> e319051323a8c693a81c094637ce2621 If Trump Loses, It's on Trump for 10/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/20/if-trump-loses-its-on-trump Wed, 07 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Joe Biden is a terrible candidate.</p> <p>He is 77 years old; he is incoherent; he has called a "lid" every other day of his campaign to avoid serious questioning. His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, is so unpopular that she dropped out of the Democratic primaries before they even reached her home state. The Biden-Harris campaign is absolutely lackluster.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 07, 2020</p> 8423c7ae03e83c7df249f59c5fb86bf6 Why I'm Leaving California for 09/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/20/why-im-leaving-california Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My family and my company are leaving California.</p> <p>It's heartbreaking.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 30, 2020</p> 0a738552b880c9951a1019bdc66f93cd Democrats Threaten to Burn Down the Republic to Stack the Supreme Court for 09/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/20/democrats-threaten-to-burn-down-the-republic-to-stack-the-supreme-court Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. Her death immediately initiated a political firestorm in Washington, D.C. &#8212; one that threatens the very integrity of the republic. That's not because, as the media and Democrats would claim, some sort of institutional norm has been violated by a Republican president selecting a replacement for Ginsburg to be voted on by a Republican Senate. It's because Democrats have declared that so long as they are unable to replace Ginsburg with an activist left-wing judge willing to use the Constitution to cram down liberal policy prescriptions, they will tear down every barrier to majoritarian tyranny.</p> <p>The Constitution was specifically constructed to promote gridlock. That's because the Founding Fathers greatly feared majoritarian tyranny &#8212; legalized mob rule by which simple majorities could cram down violations of rights on minorities. To that end, they balanced the House of Representatives, which was popularly elected, and the Senate, which was represented by state and selected by state legislatures. They balanced the legislative branch with the executive and judicial branches. They balanced power between a federal structure and state governments. The founders believed that the greatest protection for individual rights lay in ambition checking ambition at every level.</p> <p>Progressives have, since the beginning of the 20th century, objected to this philosophy of government. Instead, they have seen institutional gridlock as a danger to "getting things done." Former President Woodrow Wilson infamously explained that "Men as communities are supreme over men as individuals," and that, therefore, there ought to be no institutional checks against governmental necessity. Democrats have faithfully carried forward that vision, checked only by political reality &#8212; Wilson unconstitutionally expanded the executive branch; Franklin Roosevelt infamously sought to pack the Supreme Court; Lyndon Johnson radically expanded the size and scope of the federal government; Barack Obama declared that the government itself "is us." <p>Updated: Wed Sep 23, 2020</p> 07d3f8a3a252bbc48fb8c73cdf288138 Lawn-Sign Virtue Signaling and the Death of Politics for 09/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/20/lawn-sign-virtue-signaling-and-the-death-of-politics Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, America's West Coast found itself on fire. Millions of acres have burned across California, Oregon and Washington. The smoke clouds have been so immense that they have blotted out the sun in certain areas; air quality has been so poor that hundreds of thousands of people have been forced indoors.</p> <p>There are several key reasons for the extent of these wildfires. Federal and state policies have been geared around stifling wildfires for decades, rather than allowing controlled burns to prevent accretion of flammable vegetation. As ProPublica reports, California alone saw the burning of 4.4 million to 11 million acres per year prehistorically; between 1999 and 2017, that number dropped to only 13,000 acres per year; in February 2020, Nature Sustainability concluded that California would need to burn some 20 million acres to restabilize in terms of fire. Meanwhile, even those who pursue controlled burns must jump through extraordinarily regulatory hoops to do so: The Clean Air Act treats smoke from controlled burns as a pollutant, for example. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 16, 2020</p> dc5b6bac0f1e6f900660f1636567916c The Democrats Pick the Criminal for 09/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/20/the-democrats-pick-the-criminal Wed, 09 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Aug. 23, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer. The original video, which only included the last moments of the incident, gave no context for the incident. But further video and police reports made clear what happened. </p> <p>According to the police association, the police were called to the scene by a black woman who had dialed 911 to report that Blake was attempting to steal the keys to her car. There was an open warrant on Blake for third-degree felony sexual assault; the alleged victim is the woman who dialed 911, and she apparently had a restraining order against Blake. Back in May, she alleged that Blake entered a room where she was sleeping near one of her children, thrust his finger into her vagina, pulled it out, smelled it and said, "Smells like you've been with other men." The alleged victim also said that Blake sexually assaults her approximately twice per year.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 09, 2020</p> 4c2c9569a7cb42997a538f766c571e35 Why Won't Biden Condemn Antifa or BLM Violence? for 09/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/09/20/why-wont-biden-condemn-antifa-or-blm-violence Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was finally forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America's major cities for months on end: riots in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland and Seattle, among other cities. For a full week, the Democratic National Convention ignored that ongoing violence, driven by members of the Black Lives Matter and antifa movements. The media went right along with the narrative that violent riots have been "mostly peaceful," that conservatives were "pouncing" on occasional violence for political purposes and that the true threat to American safety could be found in Donald Trump's Twitter feed. </p> <p>The only solution to America's ills, Biden held, could be found in repeating pernicious slogans about supposed systemic American racism. On Aug. 9, Biden tweeted: "It's been six years since Michael Brown's life was taken in Ferguson &#8212; reigniting a movement. We must continue the work of tackling systemic racism and reforming policing." Never mind that two state investigations and the Obama Department of Justice found that Brown was justifiably shot; no facts are necessary to continue repeating mantras.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 02, 2020</p> ff359283d779d70951f6becf09c0bea2 Democrats Push Charges of Racism for Purposes of Convenience for 08/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/20/democrats-push-charges-of-racism-for-purposes-of-convenience Wed, 26 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In June 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tore into former Vice President Joe Biden in a Democratic primary debate. She openly suggested that he was a racist whose past political activity would have kept a "little girl" like her from attending integrated public school. About a year later, Biden selected Harris for his vice presidential candidate. It followed naturally that some intrepid reporter might ask Harris about why she had joined forces with such a historic bigot.</p> <p>So far, Harris has been asked that question twice. Stephen Colbert asked, obviously assuming that she had prepared an answer. She hadn't. Instead, Harris broke into her now-famous Awkward Joker Cackle, saying with a laugh, "It was a debate!" Colbert quickly tried to laugh with her to alleviate the extraordinary tension &#8212; and to back away from the unforced revelation that Harris is simply a political hack willing to leverage charges of racism for career gain. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 26, 2020</p> 134767e85d75cf5b320f0d65bcf05acb The Remaking of the Middle East for 08/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/20/the-remaking-of-the-middle-east Wed, 19 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, while all eyes have been on the Democratic National Convention taking place via Zoom, truly historic events have occurred in the Middle East: a long-awaited peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, including full normalization of relations; presumed peace deals to follow between Israel and Sudan, Oman and Bahrain; the possibility on the horizon of a similar deal with Saudi Arabia. These are not only historic events; they are unmitigated goods: the recognition of a Jewish state in the Middle East is the precondition to any peace in the Middle East. And the formation of a durable coalition to stave off the aggressive Islamism of Iran provides more stability and greater deterrence in the region.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It's easy to tell whether these are historic events by identifying those who oppose them.</span> Iran is particularly angry; so is Iranian publicity agent Ben Rhodes, who served as former President Obama's deputy national security adviser. The tyrannical government of Turkey is deeply miffed; so is the terrorist government of the Palestinian Authority. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 19, 2020</p> 9edaf4a0dfee47f98bbcaed555421487 Joe Biden's Awful Vice Presidential Pick for 08/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/08/20/joe-bidens-awful-vice-presidential-pick Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For well over a year, former Vice President Joe Biden has carried forth a simple strategy: Be nonthreatening. Facing a volatile, mistake-prone incumbent, Biden merely had to mimic vital signs, stay out of the spotlight and avoid looking off-putting or radical. And he accomplished those objectives, to great effect. He barely stumbled his way through the Democratic primaries, representing the nonradical voting repository for those alienated by the extremism of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; he refused to kowtow to the Twitter blue checkmarks calling for him to endorse rioting and looting; he shied away from insane slogans about defunding the police. He stayed in the basement, playing prevent defense against President Donald Trump.</p> <p>All he had before him was one final hurdle: picking a vice president.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 12, 2020</p> 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>