Ben Shapiro, 33, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is The New York Times best-selling author of "Bullies." He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.

My Articles

November 16, 2017, 8:36 AM EST
During America's founding era, a significant debate took place about the nature of representation in a democratically elected government. Were representatives supposed to act as simple proxies for their constituents? Or were they supposed to exercise independent judgment? Edmund Burke was a forceful advocate for the latter position: A representative, he said, was supposed to exercise his "mature judgment, his enlightened conscience. And "he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living." John Stuart Mill, too, believed that representatives ought to act independently; he said: "A person whose desires and impulses are his own...is said to have a character. One whose desires and impulses are not his own, has no character, no more than a steam-engine has a character."
November 9, 2017, 8:56 AM EST
This week, a discharged Air Force airman with a criminal record of domestic abuse, including cracking the skull of his infant stepson, stepped into a church in rural Texas and murdered 26 people, at least a dozen of them children. Americans broke out into their usual arguments over gun control and whether "thoughts and prayers" are helpful; we argued over politicizing tragedy and legislating away rights.
November 2, 2017, 8:35 AM EDT
Get ready for a word problem.
October 26, 2017, 8:28 AM EDT
This week, President Trump went to battle with Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson. Johnson's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was killed in Niger earlier this month. Trump called his widow to offer his condolences. But Myeshia Johnson apparently interpreted that call as a callously indifferent attempt to curry favor. She conveyed her displeasure to Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who promptly went public with it. Trump responded to Johnson's anger not with compassion but with indignation: He stated that he had never been callous toward her.
October 19, 2017, 8:40 AM EDT
What drives us to ignore the obvious fact that most Americans oppose specific evils and would side against those evils when presented with evidence of them occurring?
October 5, 2017, 8:43 AM EDT
This week, an evil human being murdered nearly 60 Americans and wounded more than 500 others in Las Vegas. His attack was well-planned: The shooter had some 23 guns in his hotel room, including a semi-automatic rifle affixed with a "bump stock" allowing the shooter to operate the rifle like an automatic weapon; he had another 19 guns in his home. Video of the incident is chilling: the rat-a-tat of the gun raining bullets down on unsuspecting innocents from the hulking profile of the Mandalay Bay on the horizon, the wounded concertgoers screaming in the darkness.
September 28, 2017, 8:41 AM EDT
There's a running argument on the right these days. It begins each time the left overreacts to a Trumpian move with wild radicalism, alienating Americans in the middle. Some on the right attribute the left's penchant for political hara-kiri to President Donald Trump's masterful manipulations — it's just part of his genius. But the more plausible argument is that Trump isn't playing anyone — he's perfectly authentic. And most importantly, he always goes just a bit too far.
September 21, 2017, 8:50 AM EDT
Last week, I visited the University of California, Berkeley.
September 14, 2017, 8:46 AM EDT
On Monday, two seemingly unrelated headlines made the news. The first: America's national debt had finally reached $20 trillion. The second: New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker had finally come out in favor of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders' magical, mythical "Medicare-For-All" plan.
September 7, 2017, 8:42 AM EDT
Politics is the art of shifting the playing field.
August 31, 2017, 8:18 AM EDT
The pictures, videos and social media posts coming out of Houston, Texas, thanks to Hurricane Harvey are horrifying: children camped out on kitchen counters in order to avoid flooding; elderly women stuck in rest homes and up to their waist in water; tweets from local police departments reminding residents to bring axes into their attic in case they have to cut their way through their roof to escape rising waters. But just as many pictures and videos are inspirational: local men and women hopping into their boats and looking for victims to rescue; police carrying children out of flooded houses; Americans helping one another.
August 24, 2017, 8:53 AM EDT
Last week, President Trump ousted his White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Bannon was widely perceived as a divisive figure — a self-promoting rabid political attack dog dedicated to "winning" at all costs; a fellow who declared the website he used to run, Breitbart, a forum for the "alt-right." To put it mildly, Bannon wasn't well-liked. For months, he had been living on borrowed time at the White House and was marginalized by Trump in favor of now-chief of staff John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and senior advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, among others.
August 17, 2017, 8:42 AM EDT
The "alt-right" is evil. White supremacism is evil. Neo-Nazism is evil.
August 10, 2017, 8:15 AM EDT
So, Google is a leftist company.
August 3, 2017, 8:21 AM EDT
One of the great myths about President Trump is that America's enemies would fear him because he is predictably unpredictable.
July 27, 2017, 8:28 AM EDT
Richard Dawkins is no friend to conservatives. The atheist author has spent much of his life deriding Judaism and Christianity. He once stated, "An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor or Baal or the golden calf." Dawkins says that even moderate religious people "make the world safe for extremists." He's far to the left on politics: He's pro-abortion rights, and a supporter of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats in Britain.
July 20, 2017, 8:53 AM EDT
Expectations define behavior.
July 13, 2017, 8:37 AM EDT
This week, The New York Times dropped a potential bombshell: It alleged that Donald Trump Jr., then-Trump presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort and President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with a Russian government-linked lawyer in order to hear potential dirt about Hillary Clinton. The media immediately declared victory — this was obviously the first step toward establishing the Trump-Russia collusion about which they have crowed for nearly a year.
July 6, 2017, 7:23 AM EDT
On moving into the White House, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail Adams, "May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof." Yeah, not so much.
June 29, 2017, 8:37 AM EDT
As it turns out, it didn't take a $1,000 minimum wage to destroy the income for minimum wage workers.