America Still Needs Athens and Jerusalem

Ben Shapiro’s 10th book, The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great, concerns itself with Western history, where it came from and where it’s going. It’s the latest in a line of recent releases from public intellectuals, all troubled by the same paradox: We live in the wealthiest and most technologically advanced society in recorded history, and, at the same time, one of the most unhappy ones.

Generation Shapiro

Ben Shapiro

I spend a few weeks every year teaching high school and college students, and in my interactions with young people in and around universities I have noticed a trend. After class, at meals, and in walks around campus, the politically engaged students invariably ask me the same question: What do I think of Ben Shapiro?

Nor am I alone. Recently Eliza Gray had a similar experience while reporting on young conservatives in the age of President Trump.

There’s Nothing ‘Mystifying’ About the Left Melting Down Over Mark Duplass

If you, like me, peruse the political Internet, you surely read this week about a dramatic episode involving filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass and conservative writer Ben Shapiro. Duplass—I know him best from the outstanding The League—suggested to his “fellow liberals” that if they were interested in crossing the aisle, they should think about following Shapiro, …

The Dangerous New Watering Down of ‘Incitement’

Ben Shapiro at Politicon 2017, Pasadena, Calif. / Getty Images

In January 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire on a Quebec City mosque, killing half a dozen worshippers. Bissonnette held far-right, Islamophobic views. At trial, crown prosecutors presented evidence that he followed several right-wing and alt-right Twitter users, ranging from moderate voices like Fox’s Bret Baier to overt racists like Richard Spencer. But the Twitter account he visited …