Ben Shapiro Book Signing Live Q&A | The Authoritarian Moment

Ben Shapiro Book Signing Live Q&A | The Authoritarian Moment

hello everyone and welcome to the official live book signing and q a for the authoritarian moment i am your host elisha krause and we are here with the one and only ben shapiro who’s super duper excited to be here always always so tonight is a big night because ben will be answering all of your questions live for the entire hour but that’s only if you bought a book not just any book an autographed book so head on over to dailywire.com ben to purchase your autographed copy of the authoritarian moment right now there will be a text box for you to ask ben a question at checkout and you’ll also get an email with the same text box so you can submit a question at your very own convenience so go submit your questions now and ben it’s good to see you elisha krause as i live and breathe here i am what are you doing in this state the free state of florida only you could bring me back to my birthplace i’m sure this place is great that and the amazing cuban food it’s and also the freedom yeah i mean the freedom’s nice did you breathe the air of the freedom did you come in you’re like humidity it’s not good with the skin if i get un like really bad oily mega is gonna have to roll in here it’s gonna be a thing you’d be amazed the amount of money that you save in taxes just to fix those problems but not all of us can be as rich as you sir well i mean that is an unfortunate reality of life and you can make ben richard by buying i mean i don’t understand though how i’ve only been here for three days and i’m more tan than you and you’ve lived here for what like six months now i mean we’ve known this for a long time i’m like a vampire i sparkle in the sun that is my appeal yes like they open the casket and i just kind of roll out like joe biden except less old do you think vampires are authoritarian i don’t even know where to go with this all right if you haven’t can you introduce the book to everybody i read it on the plane out it was a five hour flight i wish you’d done the audio version then it would have been done in like two hours it’s true my wife has the same issue like she has the opportunity to read all of my books early and does it never instead just waits for the audio version to come out and then she listens to it yeah in the car um and because she deals with me on a regular basis she can listen to me at two-time speed so she can knock out the entire book in like three hours three and a half hours she’s an audible learner she’s like i just been on normal speed is right also because if you give my wife a book and she reads like two pages of it she’s out like a light really done yeah which is amazing because she’s like as we know a medical doctor which means she’s just ready to get through medical school um coffee yeah so can you introduce the book i know you’ve been talking about it on your show a lot i really enjoyed it i’m kind of a history nerd so i appreciated how you went through like an actual explanation of authoritarianism and where we’ve seen it in history and i don’t want to give anything away yeah so i mean the basic idea of the book and i think we all feel it on the right and in the center and even on the moderate left is that we feel right now in america as though all of the institutions are arrayed against your ability to speak freely freely and by polling data this is true if you look at every subgroup politically in the united states with the exception of people who consider themselves far left every single subgroup in the united states feels as though they are unable to speak freely they’re going to be met with social ostracization they’re going to be met with their bosses yelling at them or maybe them losing their jobs they’re going to be crowd mobbed on on facebook or twitter they’re going to be sort of unpersoned online uh and they might even be excised from sort of normal everyday activities people won’t talk to them people won’t patronize their business now these this this move is somewhat unique in modern american history for sure and the extent of it is really unique and that is because all of these institutions which we sort of took for granted as neutral have now been as i talked about in the book renormalized basically a small group of people have taken over these institutions and because there are a lot of people in the middle who are conflict diverse and and didn’t want to get in fights they basically said okay to that and the result is that virtually every major institution in american life whether you’re talking about the media or the talk about social media whether you’re talking about entertainment scientific institutions as we’re now seeing with the cdc whether you’re talking about the military i mean i was a shocker i think i’m not sure how many conservatives thought that the military is going to be wilkified but that apparently is now on the way you’re seeing it in virtually every institution of american life the renormalization of these institutions and then weaponization of the institutions to tell you to shut up and exercise you from from american life and i think the audience has a fear that i kind of have too as we’ve seen and you’ve been talking about on your show how democrats are now using the government and everything else and the media is going along with it and and i think the major question is how do we fight it like on a small scale and a broader scale so i think there are a couple of things that we can do uh one is that we can you know take the sort of conservative approach to this and we can create alternatives so that’s what we did at daily wire you’re seeing this happen in a wide variety of businesses that’s not actually my preferred solution my preferred solution is that we push a lot of these businesses particularly corporate you know the corporate world back into neutrality i think that we need neutral spaces i think sports ought to be a neutral space and entertainment ought to be a neutral space if that’s not going to happen we have to create alternatives if we are going to take back institutions and re-renormalize them like make them normal again then what that’s going to require is an actual cohesive concerted move so to understand how to do that we sort of have to understand how these institutions got there in the first place the the basic idea is that these institutions ended up left-wing because you had a small group of very motivated and intransigent people and they went to everybody in the middle and they said listen if you just give us what we want we’ll shut up we’ll leave you alone and a lot of people in the middle went oh okay and you see this happen like every day in your family there’s one person in your family who just loves the vegan analogy yes i mean not to give it away and not to dump on no it’s fine who we both know and love is vegan but i mean listen i i i understand veganism and i kind of have some vegan tendencies except the meat tastes amazing but the but the the vegan analogy is one put forward by a niece nicholas talib and his basic analogy you have a family of four one member of the family says usually the daughter says i’m vegan now and now the entire family has a choice right mom has a choice when she makes dinner that night she says i can either make two meals one for everybody else and one for the vegan kid or we’re all eating vegan tonight and then you take that family you put them in a block party with four other families and the family says listen we’re all eating vegan because of little jessica over here and so we’re going to eat vegan you know you’re free to cook meat or you can just make vegan for everybody but we need vegan yeah and so now the hostess of the party has to figure out okay do i cook vegan for everybody or do i make two separate meals which is more of a pain in the butt and so now you’ve had one person renormalize 20 people everybody’s eating a big announcement and you see this routinely throughout institutions you’ll have a small group of people at an institution who say you know what we need diversity training and the diversity training we need but is diversity so bad diversity is good right i mean like why are you anti-diversity and if you don’t go along with us on this then we’re going to shout that you’re racist and we’re going to go to the new york times and we’re going to have them call you racist and that is going to have a marked impact on how the public sees your business and so corporate heads tend to cower in fear over this you see this with advertisers all the time right advertisers are constantly getting two three tweets and suddenly they freak out it’s like well that’s two people who are upset but the reason they’re upset is because they have an internal group of employees who don’t like that they’re advertising in the first place on a wide variety of sources and they understand that those employees will eventually go to the media and it takes some actual corporate stones to say to your own employees no we’re not doing any of that so we do want to get to people’s questions which is really exciting again if you haven’t bought the book yet head on over to dailywire.com to purchase your autograph copy of this really cool book right here it’s only 30 i mean it’s not gonna make him that much richer but it’ll make you a lot more educated and happy and entertaining and then you can trigger some liberals on your summer vacation it’s a great deal and you’re getting ben’s signature you can go and also ask your have your questions answered live tonight over the next hour and if your question is not answered don’t worry you’re still going to get your autographed copy of the book and we have some fun things planned for you tonight but we’re going to kick get it kick things off you guessed it with an authoritarian moment i did not see that coming is this your boot well i did not see that coming all right so right now what we have oh here we go this clip is from 1933 and a parade was held for the promotion of the national recovery administration we’re gonna roll the clip in september 1933 the government sponsored a spectacular parade of new york’s fifth avenue to promote an unprecedented federal effort the national recovery administration roosevelt called the nra a partnership in planning between government and industry its goal to speed recovery by establishing profit levels for business and wage levels to labor in a show of national solidarity more than two million employers across the country promise to abide by the nra codes [Music] alrighty thoughts on that authoritarian moment yes i mean the the sort of background to that for folks who don’t know is that in the middle of the great depression fascism was kind of the wave so mussolini was considered actually in pretty good odor by by a large swath of the left in the united states the same thing was true of stalin and even hitler i mean hitler was featured as time magazine’s man of the year in 1936 the the walter durantes of the world were still going over to the soviet union and talking about how wonderful things were over there and general goldberg talks about this at length in in his book liberal fascism but the nra was the federal government saying to private businesses we need you to put up this patriotic symbol in your window and this is how we know that you are abiding by our request for you to limit your profit and also give certain wages to particular people and there is actual governmental pressure to the market saying like only shop at places that are showing you this special sign this blue eagle which is really creepy and authoritarian for sure i also kind of feel like we’re going that way down the slippery slope with the cdc regulations of like where you are allowed to and not go but i’m sure we’ll have some questions related to that and if you are just tuning in this is another reminder that in order to purchase a signed copy of ben’s new book the authoritarian movement you can head on over to dailywire.com ben so let’s sign some books give some hard-working well-paid people here at the daily wire who uh got these ready i’m so tempted to sign one just but i don’t want to disappoint poor christina in terrytown new york be like who the heck is elisha kraus and why did she sign ben shapiro’s book so she wants to say ask you this question thanks to our mainstream media asking joe biden real hard-hitting questions we now know that his favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate chocolate chip what is your go-to ice cream flavor wow uh so carvel is the big thing out here um and so carvel does have uh a cake batter flavor that is excellent it’s like a cookie butter flavor also that one’s really good i’m big into ice cream they also have like a uh toffee alcohol flavored thing that’s that’s excellent wait what you like alcohol now i like alcohol flavor i’m still not i’m still a child i’m gonna say how florida has changed you well i mean i always drink florida drinks right i always have like the pina colada and i look like 16 basically this is my place where i’m like an eight-year-old jew who drinks pina coladas on the beach like yeah you’ve known me long enough to know that like i was always a fl i was always florida man it was just a question of time all righty this next question comes from sean sean ben is going to sign your book right now he’s in newbernburg oregon he says it seems like a lot more people have woken up to the current authoritarian trend however most people seem to be remaining silent like you had mentioned people are afraid of speaking out right what do you think it will take for more people to start speaking up while everyone else seems afraid to do so the big thing is a feeling of momentum there always have to be a few people who step out front and then mobilize everybody else because the the dike has been breached and now you know there can sort of be a movement you saw this with critical race theory it took a few parents to get up and start saying things that’s a receive a lot of media attention a lot of other people got up and they said oh wow there are people who agree with me one of the things that the sort of conspiracy of silence that has occurred on social media and in the media with regards to dissenting views has done is make you feel like you are by yourself like you are alone uh like you’re in a vast minority friend’s posting all these hashtags it’s right exactly it’s black square time all of your friends are gonna be it’s pride month you have to post the rainbow pride flag or something and if you don’t do it then you are definitely on the outs with all of your friends and family and if you say listen i really don’t like this is my thing then you’re by yourself because you’ve done something wrong but the treatment is violence your silence is violent well they didn’t this is one of the points i make in the book they morphed the left has more from be polite right just don’t say anything that’s super offensive to speech is violence and if you say something that offends me you’ve actually committed an act of violence upon me to silence his violence which is you must mirror every single thing i say and if you do not you have done an act of violence to me but i think the bottom line is that we have to create a feeling that there are a bunch of other people who think like you and i think that’s one of the things that the book is pointing out if you think that you’re in the minority because you think that men are men and women are women you are not that is a majority position in the united states if you think that you’re in the minority because you don’t believe that the united states is inherently racist or that the institutions of the united states were founded in racism or that the cops are racist if you think that that’s a minority that is not a minority position that is a majority position it’s just that you’ve been told by all of these institutional players who control your means of garnering information that that’s just a fringe these are not fringe positions these are majority positions but back to sean’s question who does it take to step out and say something in order for people like shawn and others who are using jane doe when they ask ben shapiro a question on public internet because they’re afraid of the ramifications who does it take you have to organize inside your own company i mean what this really requires is collective action you need yeah if you you need basically 10 to 20 of your company to mobilize with you so find people with whom you can have solidarity it’s a hundred percent company see if you can find 50 or 20 other people who agree with you and then do exactly what the left does write a letter to the to the people who run the company and say you know what we’re not even asking for you to mirror our political priors all we’re asking for is neutrality and once the people at the top of the company realize there’s somebody pushing back neutrality would be the sort of default position that they should be seeking all right next question is william in virginia beach virginia great town he wants to ask do you see the republican party ever winning back the majority in virginia or are we just screwed here uh i think that the republican party is going to do shockingly well in virginia this election cycle i think that the virginia government is pushing nearly every radical policy i can think of and that legislature is not solid blue that is that is a it’s a blue legislature but not by much it’s still fairly narrow in virginia and let’s recall that they have had republican governors fairly recently uh and so the the the dc suburbs have turned virginia a lot more blue obviously but as the dc as the sort of virginia legislature starts to push anti-gun stuff and pro-abortion stuff and as they start to push critical race theory stuff there’s going to be blow back one of the one of the mitigating factors that has allowed democrats to gain ground in places like virginia is that virginia is a very suburban state donald trump really underperformed in the suburbs but he’s not on the ballot anymore and this is a real problem for democrats come 2022 and 2024. yeah you talked about that a little bit on your show today the breakdown of oh are all these anti-vaxxed people really donald trump voters and maybe it’s just mainstream democratic party’s gonna have to figure out how to you know win those people back all right next question is for andrew in millport new york he wants to know how can he co-parent with someone that has completely opposite political views as me and a totally different outlook on the world and how to raise a child andrew what did you do i would what did you what did you do right exactly let’s start from the beginning here so you skipped my first piece of marital advice which is do not marry somebody who does not share your values but if you if you didn’t then you’re going to have to find some deeper values the elisha uh and those values don’t necessarily have to be center of top line political in nature those can be values like you value freedom of speech and intelligence of aids and you value data right you can go to kind of vague concepts that you can agree on and then you have to make a deal with each other which is that you are not going to argue with each other about politics in front of the kids right that it it’s it’s not good for kids to believe that their parents are arguing with each other all the time especially about sort of world events in world view because all it’s going to do is is confusing you can have a discussion that’s fine but if it gets heated then you really like protect your kids right this is about your kids it’s not about you all right next question comes from dom in chesterfield new jersey what career path does one take when pursuing a degree in constitutional law he says thank you and god bless you and your family sir that’s very nice okay so uh there’s not really such a thing as a degree in constitutional law per se there’s a law degree and then you can sort of specialize in constitutional i can take special classes in that you can theoretically get a phd uh in in sort of constitutional history but when you go to law school it’s not as though you graduate as a tort lawyer you just graduate as a lawyer and then you go work in a particular sphere unless you’re searching for a phd uh that that’s sort of the answer there okay next question question comes from cole in missouri he says hey ben how will actors be able to be a part of the upcoming future of daily wire productions like your shows and films etc so we are going to be doing casting calls we are going to be doing auditions for all of this sort of stuff i know that we are already in production on a new film like as of right now and they actually were in production on two new films as of right now so um you know we’ll we’ll put out the casting call when and when and if we require additional cast right now uh a lot of the films that we’re pursuing tend to be smaller cast they’re not like casts of of thousands um but uh we’re definitely gonna be doing that not not quite yet one day you guys could be the marvel of the conservative film world i mean first the marv i mean the marvel of the marvel film world is starting to suck did you see black widow no yeah it’s not good it’s a bad it is not good first the first half hour is kind of good and then and then it falls apart i just i wasn’t interested just based on the trailer which is really sad because i loved her storyline in the last two eventually i mean so first of all they were supposed to bring it out before the last adventure before she was dead yeah now it’s kind of awkward because she’s dead yeah but what’s weird about that is that she died in a fall right in infinity war she dies falling down and um in black widow she falls from everything it is possible to fall from and is totally fine and unharmed so i know what it was about like the cliff in infinity war that was like it was the planet yeah it was like it was extraordinary i don’t know like bigger plan but whatever it is like that is the only fall that has ever hurt her and it didn’t just hurt her it killed her because in this film she falls off she goes through two separate car crashes where the car flips over and lands on the roof she climbs out she’s fine she goes she like falls off an actual roof that’s like four stories high she just gets up brushing herself up and walks away in infinity war like they should have killed her in a different way because it’s really inconsistent interesting all right there you go come here to hear political thoughts from ben stick around for the marvel movie critiques the next question is from craig second craig tonight from milwaukee wisconsin what is one fun memorable moment that you have growing up i’m going to take a wild guess and it has something to do with baseball maybe okay so yeah why don’t i do a baseball story so i have a bunch when i was good but this is a good baseball story so um i’m 10 years old my dad is coaching my little league team and i have two cousins one of whom is on the team one of whom is coaching and our team was good we won the the little league jewish championship that year which let me tell you is like winning i thought you were gonna say your team sucked oh no i’m actually my expectation i’m actually a pretty good baseball player or at least i was when i was 10. and uh and so there was one team that was really heavily favored to beat us and so my dad on the way to the game he turns to us we’re in the car it’s a toyota tercel no air conditioning from 1993 or something and uh and he says if we win today i’m taking you guys out and getting a beer and i’m 10. my cousin’s 11. my other cousin’s like 13. and so we go out we play the game it’s like 95 degrees out and somebody forgot to bring water right there’s no water for the whole game oh my gosh we win the game eight to five and on the way back my dad just pulls into like the the supermarket parking lot and he parks and we’re like what are you doing he’s like well we’re getting beer anyway okay so he takes us inside he turns to my 13 year old cousin yeah and he’s like what kind of beer do you want and my cousin’s like i like history how about sam adams so my dad buys like a six-pack of sam adams we drive up into the hollywood hills like where there are no houses and he breaks open like three of the beers he doesn’t drink he breaks open three of the beers for us he gives each one of us a beer my my older cousin takes one sip he says it tastes terrible yeah not interesting i had about like one third of the beer yeah you know beer does not taste good right it’s not like you have to be kind of an adult to appreciate beer except if you’re my 11 year old cousin my cousin who’s like one year older was a big kid and he takes it in like three goals like the entire beer because he was thirsty right he had anything decent enough beer on a hot day actually tastes great right starting you know it’s amazing exactly so it’s it’s we’re frying there’s no air conditioning in the car and it’s 95 degrees out so my cousin just downs the entire beer in like three gulps and then my dad is like okay we’re going to go home now we start driving we’re on the freeway and suddenly we look over and realize that my cousin joel has the beer bottle out the window of the car he’s just waving the beer bottle around and my dad’s like joel get it that got the beer bottle in here i’m gonna get arrested and so we’re all tackling joel in the backseat so yeah good times that is hilarious i call your dad papa socks my dad’s the best because you know you guys are white soccer yeah that’s right like those type of stories just make me love him even my dad is the best server loves my dad all right this question comes from hayla i hope i’m saying your name right from bay city michigan beautiful state especially in the summer time who is your favorite authoritarian leader to educate leftists about because they seem to just always idolize them um well you know it’s kind of hard because when you talk about people who are full authoritarians the closest thing that we’ve had in the united states so a full authoritarian leader was woodrow wilson and the left is beginning to have a rethink on woodrow wilson not because they cared about the authoritarianism mainly because he’s a racist and so we which is true he was a vicious horrible racist also he was a radical authoritarian who literally arrested his political opponents took control of like the entire economy of the united states and radically shifted the definition of how the government was supposed to deal with the individual citizens so he was a horrible leader one of the worst presidents of all time and it’s been amazing to see the historic recapitulation of his role so he went for it like 15 years ago if you took a poll of historians because historians are congenitally biased for presidents who quote unquote do things who are active woodrow wilson was always a top 10 president for historians like 10 years ago now he’s like a bottom 20 president for historians and that’s not because they’ve re they’ve kind of re-looked at the fact that he was kind of in favor of eugenics and the fact that he shut down free speech and all that uh they’re really pissed at him because he was a racist that’s that’s the one single factor analysis that we do now of a president and it’s a very important factor it is it is there are many other reasons why woodrow wilson is one of the worst presidents of all time alrighty so he’s the one that you should educate all of your left-leaning friends about when it comes to authoritarianism and i don’t know if you’re a brave soul you could go to dailywire.com ben and buy them a signed copy of his book right you could it’s a good way to test your friendships this thomas he’s in belgium they got some good beer over there send us some thomas pretty please have you ever considered doing a comparison of the united states and eu politics uh i’ve talked about it sort of tangentially a little bit uh there are some pretty wide differences between american-style conservatism and uh european style conservatism particularly so the left in europe looks very much like the social democratic left looks very much like the democratic party here in the united states although the democratic party in the united states is now actually exporting really weird radical policies to the eu to the extent that you now have sort of mainstream center or left figures in the eu going we don’t want any of that right you have emanuel macron in france going we don’t want any of your world crap don’t bring that over here you’re starting to see that in britain too and it’s really fascinating to see that we have now outstripped the europeans in terms of radicalism because it used to be all of their bad ideas ended up over here you’d have progressivism starting in germany in the 1890s suddenly it makes its way over here or existentialism in the 30s making its way over here um but uh now i guess we export all of our bad ideas over there the big distinction between conservatives there are conservatives here is conservatives there look a lot more like these sort of nationalist populists here they’re kind of like tucker carlson in terms of politics uh whereas conservatives traditionally in the united states have been much more small government libertarian minded alrighty this question comes from aaron who is in tipton west midlands united kingdom what a foreigner is that like is that like city county and country i don’t know i think so all right he says hey ben what advice would you give a fellow libertarian conservative running in their school elections where most of the electorate are quite liberal and do you think turning a bit squishy in the messaging would help the campaign um i i tend to think not uh i think that it depends on what you mean by squishy so the nice thing about being quote unquote conservative libertarian is that you have a really good pitch and the pitch is stop being a jackass and bothering other people right that is the pitch for conservative libertarians it’s it’s you guys want to boss everybody else around and bother everybody else and i don’t want to do that so i don’t know why you can’t leave me alone and i can’t leave you alone and for young people it’s a pretty good pitch because young people mainly want to be left alone to do whatever it is that they want to do uh and so i i don’t think that you have to water down that particular message okay all right so it looks like we might have another authoritarian moment coming up dang god that freaks me out every time is this your boat it is not okay i don’t even know what size this is this one is another authoritarian moment but this time it’s from a different country not the united states from russia circa 1945 and a parade held man these authoritarians and their parades men do you love their parade do you love their military parades usually held after the defeat of germany in world war ii russia hails victory in moscow’s red square during her may day parade above the tomb of lenin stands marshall stalin taking the salute from a great cavalcade of soviet military strength american officers are guests at the ceremony watching famous katusha rocket guns on trucks made in the usa all right so can you break down what was happening there yeah i mean that’s the end of world war ii obviously and that is the brief moment in time when the united states thought that the russians were were our allies which lasted for approximately two and a half seconds um because there’s a good case to be made uh that the russians actually started world war ii that that it was the ussr i mean the the molotov uh ribbon trough pact really began world war ii and without the backing of the soviet union there’s very little chance that the the germans turn and wheel and and strike the west so uh the stalin’s got gotten off pretty easy in sort of the the historical analysis of who are the worst dictators of all time male got off super easy right if you like if you have to rank worst dictators of all time there’s a solid case that mao is actually number one considering the number of people that he killed um and uh and that stalin is number two and the hitler’s number three and that’s coming from somebody i am no hitler fan let me tell you hitler not great but hit like if you’re gonna rank these people you don’t have to they can say they all are evil and horrific because they were but in terms of long lasting impact on the world stalin was a much more effective dangerous and uh and threatening mass murderer over the course of you know decades right i mean he ruled the soviet union from the 20s all the way through the through the mid 50s basically as opposed to hitler who was in charge of germany from 1933 until essentially 1945 and um and whose defeat resulted at least in the liberation of half of europe as opposed to everywhere stalin put his boots that place ended up being a repressive hell hole alrighty hence the reason why if you buy your signed copy of the book it’s like very simple but good cover art because it works i think because you talk about like i drew it myself i did not you oh i would have i wouldn’t be surprised if you told me your daughter did she’s talented she is talented but because i don’t have a drunk jackpot there’s a reason why we have the the phrase of like under the heel of because too many times in world history there have been so many authoritarians this is one of the few times when they actually asked me like for ideas on cover art and i said a jack boot because the phrase that came to mind is the is the old orwell phrase that it’s just a boot stamping on the human face forever from 1984 and that is what i think people are feeling like in a soft fashion obviously but it’s it’s growing and it’s getting worse and you are starting to see institution people feel so put upon by their institutions and it’s it’s story after story day after day on topics that used to seem really non-controversial and now if you say basic statements of fact you’re afraid that you are going to be unpersoned and that’s that is a deeply disturbing situation absolutely next question comes from patrick in colorado springs colorado that reminds me of my adventures in odyssey days as a child all right how does the right fight against the weaponization of the population movement um so i i’m trying to figure out exactly what they mean by weaponization of population movement i i guess what they presumably mean is the left trying to move populations either from abroad or at home within the within the country to try and change the politics so i’m not a big believer that immigration per se is a threat to the united states i think that the united states is a sovereign country we get to determine whether people entering the country add to or detract from the country i’m generally very pro-immigration but i think that we ought to you know make sure that the people who are entering the country are presumed to share our values and and so the idea that we’re going to bring people in who don’t share our values for any reason doesn’t seem like a net win for the citizens of the united states as far as population movement inside the country right now the sort of big sort that’s happening where people who are blue are staying in blue states and people who are right are leaving i’m not sure that’s bad for the country frankly i mean i think that it’s it’s bad long-term um it’s better if the country you live next door to somebody who you disagree with and you can still share a country but as the left gets more and more uh authoritarian as i say in the book um yeah i think that people who are you know oriented toward conservatism have a very good case for leaving i mean i will say quality of life is radically improved for my family not living in a heavily blue area i think also at what point will the mainstream media be unable to hide their uh detest for uh red states well states continue to do so well and blue states continue to fail at a certain point reality is going to set in for some of these blue states you’re starting to see it in california with the recall of newsom right there they’re like seven republicans in california by comparison with the democrats i mean they’re still the most republicans of any state because it’s a huge state but by comparison i mean republicans control nothing in the government anywhere across the state of california basically and and newsome is going to get recalled because democrats are not good at governing we’re going to do it it’s going to be lots of fun this next question comes from matt in manheim pennsylvania he says he’s a 20 year old law enforcement veteran who is completing his doctorate and he wants to add himself to the best list of doctors i am hoping to break into academia to teach criminal justice and we talk about changing the culture in academia but don’t have a direction on how to begin so do you have any advice on how to begin the process first you have to find a faculty advisor who’s actually going to allow you to write on topics that are controversial and this is a hard thing one of the things that’s happened in the university system is that the university system basically creates the self-perpetuating elite where professors who are left-wing tend to approve thesis theses that are that are left-wing and so you have to find somebody who’s willing to oversee your thesis if it happens to be a right-wing thesis and then the reality is that you can do an awful lot with a position at not even a particularly prestigious college there are a lot of professors in sort of the conservative movement who are famous and have done extraordinary work from purchase at not particularly well-known colleges the one of the you know sort of criminal justice minds who comes to mind right now is wilfred riley who teaches at eastern kentucky university it’s not an ivy league school but the work that he’s doing is deeply important and and i think that you know from a perch at a university you can do a lot of a lot of good all right this question comes from scott in irvine scotland scott in scotland how do we prevent institutions from becoming weaponized in the future so the the unfortunately the only way to do this would be to either have everybody understand weapons down or we just have mutually assured destruction those are the only two options right now there’s this kind of wing of the conservative movement that’s like well we should never use mutually assured destruction you know let them be the bad guys and we’ll be the good guys and we’ll sit over here and get our butts kicked and and that’s not a good strategy at a certain point we have to convince the left that the best thing to happen here is to go back to neutrality with these institutions and if they don’t then we’re going to do to these institutions what they do in to the institutions because we can’t just sit there and allow them to run roughshod over purportedly neutral institutions and then turn those against us we just can’t do that all right next question comes from my home state and it is eric in yukon oklahoma do you believe that a conflict between china and the united states will actually happen and do you have a prediction of the outcome of such a conflict it’s hard to imagine an open military conflict between the united states and china directly i think what is much more imaginable is some form of proxy war in taiwan uh or some form of proxy war in the south china sea and china does not want to get into a shooting war with the united states because we will win uh we we still do have significantly more military firepower we’re the greatest military force in the history of the world still and china knows that um but what china also understands that we are really really reticent to use force with regard to china and they’ve got a lot of our corporations over a barrel because we opened our markets to them and they opened their markets conditionally to our corporations uh and so i think that the most likely scenario is a gradual ratcheting up of tensions the possibility of a shooting more exists but it’d be mainly if if there is a mistake of intent right where china thinks okay well if we move on taiwan militarily the u.s isn’t going to do anything and then the u.s feels that it’s its line has been crossed and the u.s responds in kind but uh and that is why it’s it’s so ridiculous that the west has has basically done nothing in the face of chinese predation like now would be an excellent time to start severing economic ties with china and if that costs americans money frankly i think americans are kind of up for it considering the chinese just unleash a virus that has killed at least 4 million people worldwide including 600 thousand americans yep all right next question comes from tyler who is at mcguire air force base he says with the power that social media has is and as it continues to grow do you think that there will be a time in the future in which it becomes regulated by the federal government and if so what are your thoughts on that i’m deeply afraid that it will become regulated by the federal government there are a couple of different ways that you could theoretically regulate social media one is a not bad way and one is a horrific way this is why when you see people like oh the left and the right they agree social media ought to be regulated no they they do not actually the left would like elizabeth warren to sit over social media and determine what good content looks like and i think that for the most part people on the right would like for social media to go hands off in terms of policing quote unquote misinformation because we just don’t trust their standards as to what misinformation constitutes i think that as i’ve suggested before maybe the proper solution is to get rid of what’s called the catch-all clause in section 230 of the communications decency act uh that would probably be the best sort of policy solution there’s not widespread agreement for that however i just i can’t see given the amount of ire that social media has drawn uh that there won’t be a president of some party who just in order to get the win does something in terms of policy that ends up centralizing more power in the federal government the solution to failures of social media is not to give the idiots who staff the federal government more power oh and it’s always i always tell people think of the shoe on the other foot yeah like you might like it when biden’s in there but you ain’t gonna like it if it’s somebody else but yeah only right this question comes from luke in pensacola florida who says hey ben welcome to florida i know you’ve said you’re not interested in public office but we could really use your help filling the shoes of governor desantis when he wins the presidency in 2024 hey name it claim it man name it claim it please and thank you love your stuff oh i mean from your mouth to god’s ears with regard to governor desantis he would be an excellent president he’s an excellent governor um why would i ever run for office that sounds absolutely horrendous you make less money wait are you kidding like how many people are buying books right now like like right this very instant how is this possible i mean it’s incredible but also also like uh the the reality is that that campaigning and asking people for money and having to shade my message because i want to win office and like i’ve worked at a 501c3 and going to people and asking them for money is really uncomfortable and really kind of terrible and then if you win then you go live in tallahassee right which is like okay i guess but not not his love for the sunshine state only goes so far folks well i mean what kosher restaurants are there in tallahassee how do i even eat how am i doing i’m just like picking lettuce out of the garden your assistant would be like flying you in kosher food on your jet and then it would be a whole thing no but we just established i’m way just established i’m way less rich if i’m a politician so yeah alrighty then i mean you can go the mitt romney route and fund your own campaigns and here’s the good news i’m 37 years old so if in 30 years i decided to run for president i will still be the youngest person running for president so i 30 years of money making and then and my kids growing up and then we can talk about it all right this question comes from new south wales australia the question comes from adrian who says considering that the left runs most organizations and institutions at what point do you think the right will be proactive in their political approach rather than playing catch-up i have the same exact question girl also when the timing is appropriate given the current pandemic would you consider coming to australia to do a special so i think the answer is right now i think the right is getting much more active and then as far as coming to australia i would love to come to australia if they ever open up again yeah i mean it is incredible they’re shutting down australia now for like four cases of covet this is nuts i mean the the book i really focus i do have a chapter on the perversion of science in the book about the the attempt to turn science as a process into science as the institution and then the use of science as an institution to just push forward a bunch of crap that is completely anti-scientific which is what you’re seeing with regard to covid and masking policy and lockdown policy again but i mean the the actual governmental authoritarianism that we are now seeing and being accepted by heretofore free peoples people being like yeah you know i understand that there’s no science to back this but sure i’m still going to mask up in front of my children or i’m going to mask my children or what if we all just lock down here because there’s one case of covet like what are we are we that fearful of regular life that we that we’re willing to give this much power to idiot bureaucrats like these people can’t even tie their own shoes and you’re telling them they can rule your life has anyone ever met a politician be like man i wish that guy were in charge of my bank account not a single human being has ever had this oh man that that guy who’s my congressman i can’t wait to have him come over and babysit my kids not a single human being has ever had that thought and yet we’re like what if they just told us how to handle our bank account or tell us how to raise our kids how about no how about no to all of this garbage all right the next question comes from oliver who is in melbourne australia man you got lots of aussie fans that’s super cool who says dear ben how important is it that the united states keeps its strong relationships with countries like their home in australia when it comes to issues such as china and other international events taking place in the indo-pacific hugely important so people neglect the fact that australia is super duper close to china and that the the western country that is actually feeling the heat the most right now is australia china has threatened to cut off business ties it has threatened to close shipping lanes to australia australia is an ally japan is an ally we have a lot of allies in that region there are things that we can do there uh yeah frankly i think that that re-entering some form of the trans-pacific partnership which was actually a trade bloc that was directed against the chinese would be it would be a good thing but yeah i mean australia needs to stand strong and we need to be right behind them for sure all right so the next question comes from elissa i hope elisa in myriad of california what is one of your favorite fictional books or book series that’s a good one oh man i have so many fiction books that i absolutely adore uh the one that i actually just bought a signed autographed copy of a book uh that’s uh it was in a copy of fahrenheit 451 by bradbury which i think is just a masterwork uh and it’s so it’s so well read that it’s actually underrated right this happens sometimes there’s a movie that’s been seen so many times that people like such a great movie and then you watch it like it actually is a great movie right wizard of oz is one of those movies where people are like it’s one of the great movies of all time it’s so unbelievable and then everybody watches it and you forget how good it is then you watch it again you’re like oh this is a tremendous film same thing with the fahrenheit 451 uh as yeah all the russians are great and depressing uh the uh mark twain is fantastic i’m a big fan of herman melville’s writing harper lee is great i mean skill mockingbird is fantastic there are a couple of more obscure books that i really like and always recommend if you’re looking for an obscure novel a a depressing but wonderful obscure novel is called every man dies alone by a guy named hans filata which is about a couple resisting the nazis in like 1941 germany uh and the and the other book is a book called the secret of santa vitoria which is also a world war ii book but like much more enjoyed by a guy named robert creighton who’s a big best seller they made a movie out of it with anthony quinn and it’s it’s a really really fun read it’s a great book are you like read the book before you watch the movie guy always yeah so i recently this year and our friend bethany mandel in our homeschooling curriculum read uh the nathaniel bowditch which is a good and apparently was one of the first disney films but it’s not the t-plus my girls why was it was it racist or something no i don’t know i think or is it not racist and they call it racist like lady and the probably actually all right next question comes from jk in nashua new hampshire hey ben will the dodgers regret having spent so much money on the mookie bets contract i don’t i don’t do sports ball guys so i hope i’m saying that name right you didn’t say you did it right uh yes okay i mean yes they spend an awful lot of money on how much time did they spend oh what was it 250 million or something something like that it was an unbelievable amount of money now listen the doctor’s still good team i mean they’re not going to like go bankrupt but it’s it but yeah they spend a lot of money on that contract and how are your socks doing i know my songs are good this year really yes they’re good and they have a lot of a lot of guys on the dl they’re coming back off the deal uh they’re the best pitching staff in the majors the disabled list oh okay all right next question comes from jack in wesley chapel florida hello he has a couple of questions you only get one book though okay jack what’s in your opinion the most damaging thing to america the abide the biden administration has done so far and secondly do you think that trump has a better shot of winning in 2024 or desentis thank you in advance okay so um most damaging thing that biden has done so i’m going to put this on three tracks because i think that there are three really really damaging things that he’s doing damaging thing number one is that he came into office pledging to be a unifying moderate and then he has proceeded to polarize america along racial lines with all this crap about how if you’re in favor of voter id then it’s the same as jim crow and that is radically exacerbating social problems in the united states problem number two is he’s spending more money than has ever yet been created by man or god uh and that is going to have significant downstream effects it’s already having inflationary effects right now but reshifting the way that americans think about the economy is a really bad thing and it’s going to have real consequences over the next decade or so including extraordinarily slow growth and finally i think that his entire approach to foreign policy which seems to be to revivify connections with countries that are terrible like iran uh while kowtowing to china and russia and pulling completely out of afghanistan i know that there’s a position on the right that says pulling out of afghanistan is a great idea i just i don’t understand that position to be frank with you it does it doesn’t we’re not talking about an active war zone we’ve had one combat casualty in afghanistan over the last 18 months it is more dangerous to be a cop in chicago than it is to be a soldier an american soldier in afghanistan these days and keeping a small footprint there to keep for example bagram air base that we can launch airstrikes against the taliban seems to me significantly more important than joe biden getting a very temporary political win that isn’t going to redown by the way in but you watch the date today it’s july 27th we’re supposed to be pulling out basically within the next couple of weeks i love it when we announce military pull-outs too that’s always great that’s always great i guess we’re supposed to pull out completely by september 11th as though this is some sort of win which is amazing i mean like that is so tone-deaf it’s unbelievable so we’re going to hand back afghanistan on the anniversary of september 11th to the people who housed the people who committed september 11th i just i it’s it’s mind-boggling by the end of november you’re going to see mass casualties slaughter and the american people don’t pay attention to foreign policy until they see ugly images on the tv which means that by my prediction by summer of next year we will have troops in the quote unquote advisory capacity back in afghanistan all right next question comes from jeff in illinois as a teacher oh god bless you jeff what is the best way to address and debunk the debate of critical race theory within the walls of the school building so i think that the best way to handle it if you are told to handle it is to explain what critical race theory is and then explain why it’s wrong so critical race theory’s basic notion is that neutral things like individual rights are actually just a cover for racial superiority and inferiority and racial hierarchies i think that coming to grips with the falsity of that pointing out that that is not true uh pointing it it’s very easy to point out that the evils of american history are replicated nearly everywhere else on earth the good of american history is replicated nearly nowhere else on planet earth and that is a pretty simple way of understanding why it is that the united states is a good country and was founded on good principles even though the founders very often did not live up to those principles at the time how’s your hand doing that’s so far so good i mean this is i signed like literally ten thousand book plates the other day so yeah i’m doing okay so far we’re signing the real deal right now guys so you know get that ready i think i have an ice bucket for you at the end i don’t know my husband uses it when he’s grilling on his green egg but you know you i guess you can use it when you’re yeah but your husband is like a pirate eric is a pirate he’s like a viking pirate i think once you call them like a lumber sexual well that’s clearly true because he’s like i saw a picture of him recently yeah he’s got the beard and now he’s got like the he’s he’s more viking now he’s got like the long hair going i saw yeah it’s like how long is it like shoulder length vikings mixed with miami vice i think and your generous wife hey you know what he brings home the bacon fair everyone else is up and also i mean he’s a very handsome viking man yes i mean let’s and we make beautiful let’s be real your babies are very cute so we’re staying in california we’re just going to be fruitful and multiply and then hopefully in 18 years the voting block is like there yeah you’re delusional but you know enjoy enjoy the ride all right i think we have another third authoritarian moment here we go one of these days just gonna hit one of us i know i’m actually afraid elisha how’d you get that black eye it was a scheme by the god king no all right this one oh this comes xi jinping yeah bad guy good times this is this winnie the pooh over here uh 100th year anniversary of the chinese communist party you know the guy is responsible for covet let’s take a look and the murder of 40 million people in the great leap forward [Music] [Applause] [Music] ah [Applause] [Music] okay so yeah we had a bit of a mic emergency there just to let you guys in on the behind the scenes this turned into a scene from um singing in the rain like where lena lamont is they’re trying to hide the microphone and uh and it’s uh it’s actually in the bushes but then it’s also like in the bustle yeah good times you found it though that’s such a good movie though it’s a great movie gene kelly all right p all right so talk about that one about oh sorry that’s confused you want me to sing like good morning no no i really don’t actually so yes i’d rather talk about the communist chinese party and i gotta say the audience is like just get him to sign more books that he should stop with the singing yeah that we’re all like that very very often it’s been it’s been so long alicia but in any case um yeah so there’s winnie the pooh riding down the street so the cheers of throngs of people who are cuddled into place if they if they don’t call xi jinping has re-enshrined a dictatorship in china in incredible ways his predecessor weng chaibo uh was was famously a person who was supposedly attempting to open the economy and then it was going to reveal new sort of open politics and it never happened it turns out that the going theory in the west which is that if you provide economic benefit and free trade into dictatorial countries that this somehow makes them less dictatorial remains an unproven theory uh and instead it turns out they’re weaponizing capitalism against the west yeah they just it’s kind of like putin they just give it to all their buddies and their oligarchs until they send you to siberian camp somewhere all right next question comes from emil in quebec city quebec canada just like yourself i’m a huge fan of western movies and classical music which western movie score is your favorite that’s a good one the best one is clearly magnificent seven oh that is clearly the best western score although i do have a soft spot for uh the dimitri tiankin score in a gunfight at the okay corel because it has one of those opening songs where they where they actually sing you know about the plot yeah i kind of i kind of dig that but yeah the the score to magnificent seven is fantastic and elmer bernstein is is the western composer it all sounds like copeland by the way that sounds like aaron copeland interesting all right this comes from kevin in tampa florida what is your position on global warming is it real or not and given your reasoning as to why also if it is real will it affect us in the near future okay so the answer is that by all available data that i have seen uh global warming is real uh even people who are sort of lukewarmers acknowledge the global warming’s world there’s serious debate over how much human activity is affecting global warming and more importantly what we can do right now because once the carbon is in the air it stays up there for ten thousand years it ain’t coming down anytime soon so the the kyoto protocols for example if we had undertaken that it would have really done very little to to actually lower the trajectory of the climate the same thing is true of the paris accords which are going to do very little the number one emitter on planet earth by far right now is china the united states has been lowering its emissions because we have better technology and natural gas which the left doesn’t like apparently and i also don’t like nuclear power if we actually want to focus on mitigating the effects of global warming that’s gonna be a lot easier and humans are much better at adapting rather than you know changing entire ways of life that have added enormous like carbon-based fossil fuels i’m an unbelievable boon to humanity and people who don’t have them are literally burning dung in their homes right now and then dying of the attendant diseases so fossil fuels are great the only problem is of course that this does have an impact on the climate that is a slow rolling impact that’s going to be felt over the course of the century human beings have an excellent way of adapting to this sort of stuff so if we actually want to spend money on stuff what we should be spending money on is developments of technologies like geoengineering to change the weather for that worried about it or developing technologies to start carbon out of the air or building sea walls or if you’re worried about miami being underwater we need to build some more sea walls because there are lots of cities in the united states that exist below the sea level and the same thing is true you know all over the world but there’s this sort of weird idea about global warming that because the earth is gradually warming over the course of the century that we are going to see catastrophic murder by the environment of billions of people or hundreds of millionaires are going to die right i mean and none of this has turned out to be true in turn it turns out that when people see the weather changing they tend to move they tend to leave these particular areas and that’s not great i mean that’s not ideal but it also is what humans have done for literally all of human history i mean you’ll recall that there used to be an actual like bridge between russia on this end and alaska right i mean sarah palin could see it from her house and the and that no longer exists because the climate is constantly changing and because the water level rises and falls and you have icebergs that exist you know 500 years ago that don’t exist now and that’s not the end of the world it may not be ideal for people who are living in particular places but human beings are great adaptation it’s the one thing that we are the best at we create technologies we move we we can change sort of how we how we live what is really hard is to say to everybody right now turn off your air conditioner stop driving your car stop using fossil fuels and it’s one thing to say that to a bunch of ritchy riches in france and the uk and the united states but you’re gonna say that’s somebody who’s living in like djibouti you’re gonna seriously like you’re gonna go over to africa and you’re gonna say to people you know what you’re living online in like abject poverty what we really need from you is to live in abject poverty for like a long time because at least your carbon emissions are really low like no that is not that is not a solution all right next question comes from rob i i’m sorry rob i know you’re in the great state of georgia but i don’t know how to say your your small town name and i’m going to biff it so i’m not even going to try he wants to know how can a young college-age conservative begin to make a difference in the cultural war okay so if you are a college age conservative you’re now a reporter is what andrew breitbart used to say you got a cell phone you’re a reporter there’s a lot happening on college campuses that needs to be exposed to the light of day and you can be one of the people who does that there’s a lot of stuff that’s newsworthy a lot of taxpayer dollars are going into those colleges a lot of parental dollars are going into those colleges and the colleges are a font of horrendous ideas that affect the rest of the country so become a reporter grab a cell phone and get to work and there’s great organizations out there like america’s foundation we’ll print it yeah send us a story we’ll print it that you’re you’re going to speak there in a couple of weeks i am yeah yeah i think next week and yeah thank you or a great resource for you is fantastic all right this question comes from joshua in kokomo indiana that’s funny because when i think kokomo i don’t think indiana indiana all right will america’s institutions be 100 liberal by 2044. uh no there will just be alternative institutions if they all turn liberal there will be alternative conservative institutions and i will be a lot richer because honestly like the way that this is going to work is if we end up with one conservative razor company and one liberal razor company i’m ideally placed to start a conservative razor company so like on a personal financial level then fine bring it but on a on a country level i really hope that we can back away from this because it is it’s not good that there should be like you go to the store or two separate stores and now we’re just completely segregated in terms of politics that is not a good thing also what about the people in the middle yeah like where do they shop yeah they buy two razors i’m not sure next question comes from aiden in fort worth texas he says hi and what is your advice for young conservatives and is it still worth it to go to college excellent question so when it comes to college if you’re not in a stem field i always start with this if you’re in a stem field yes it’s worth it to go to college you’re going to have an actual job connected to your education right my wife being a doctor it was good for her to be in pre-med before she what does
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