A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance
By Benjamin J. Montoya
With this “Bonus” Book Summary we continue to address matters of (primarily) American cultural concern.
About the Author
Ben Shapiro entered UCLA at the age of sixteen and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated Harvard Law School cum laude. At seventeen, Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate, becoming the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. He has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows and is the author of the national bestsellers Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future, and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House. Shapiro is married and lives in Los Angeles.
Universities are supposed to be places where students are forced to think, learn, and become prepared for their careers. Although these things are happening, they are doing so from the perspective of leftist indoctrination. Many, if not most, professors are leftist and, as a result, seek to instill socialistic values into their students. Ben Shapiro knows this well because he attended UCLA. He has seen it firsthand. Consider this important book to learn more.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 No Moral Absolutes
Chapter 2 Partisan Politics
Chapter 3 Workers of the World, Unite!
Chapter 4 “Not Just for the Rich and White!”
Chapter 5 Sex in the Classroom
Chapter 6 Saving the Earth
Chapter 7 The War on God
Chapter 8 Burning the Flag
Chapter 9 Teaching for Saddam
Chapter 10 “Zionest Pigs”
Chapter 11 The Bruin, the Bad, and the Ugly
Chapter 12 College Cliques
Chapter 13 Solutions
Chapter 1: No Moral Absolutes
One of the first tenets of leftist morality is that of no moral absolutes. They will say it like this, “what is right and wrong depends on differences in individual values and cultural diversity.” Now, on the surface, it may be easy to misread this statement. Do individual values and cultural diversity matter? Of course, they do. Are they to be the sole basis for morality? That is what the left wants people, especially students, to think.
The result of this view is that the left can endorse just about anything they want, including murder. This is classic socialism. That is why historically socialist leaders have been murderers—the ends justify the means. It is no different with modern socialists in the left. Professor Peter Singer of Princeton University thought that very thing. The New York Times reported his position as follows, “To Singer, a newborn has no greater right to life than any other being of comparable rationality and capacity for emotion, including pigs, cows and dogs.” If people are no different than animals—as the left believes—and if morality has no absolutes, then people like Singer can reach conclusions like this.
This is the foundation of the leftist view. It allows them to defend murderers and thugs. It also serves as the launching pad for their other ideas that the next few chapters will consider.
Chapter 2: Partisan Politics
Democrats rule in universities because the majority of faculties and administrations are leftist. In fact, the university has become the place where ideological freedom no longer exists. If someone “comes out of the closet” as a conservative, then they might as well submit their resignation letter. Their views will not be tolerated by the left.
What the left intends to do by having this overwhelming majority is to force students to take their position on every single political issue without even properly discussing and considering the position of conservatives. Take basic economics. It is a well-known fact that conservatives usually give tax cuts to the rich and the left typically taxes the rich more—so that the poor can get what they deserve, according to the rich.[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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