The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

August 11, 2019 - Comment

Now a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Human beings have never had it better than we have it now in the West. So why are we on the verge of throwing it all away? In 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Shapiro spoke at the University of California–Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required

Now a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

Human beings have never had it better than we have it now in the West. So why are we on the verge of throwing it all away?

In 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Shapiro spoke at the University of California–Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required to protect his speech. What was so frightening about Shapiro? He came to argue that Western civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas; that we have let grievances replace our sense of community and political expediency limit our individual rights; that we are teaching our kids that their emotions matter more than rational debate; and that the only meaning in life is arbitrary and subjective.

As a society, we are forgetting that almost everything great that has ever happened in history happened because of people who believed in both Judeo-Christian values and in the Greek-born power of reason. In The Right Side of History, Shapiro sprints through more than 3,500 years, dozens of philosophers, and the thicket of modern politics to show how our freedoms are built upon the twin notions that every human being is made in God’s image and that human beings were created with reason capable of exploring God’s world.

We can thank these values for the birth of science, the dream of progress, human rights, prosperity, peace, and artistic beauty. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions more spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens built America, ended slavery, defeated the Nazis and the Communists, lifted billions from poverty, and gave billions more spiritual purpose.

Yet we are in the process of abandoning Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, watching our civilization collapse into age-old tribalism, individualistic hedonism, and moral subjectivism. We believe we can satisfy ourselves with intersectionality, scientific materialism, progressive politics, authoritarian governance, or nationalistic solidarity.

We can’t.

The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains how we have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives each of us to be better, the sacred duty to work together for the greater good,.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Bravo Ben. Gratitude from a Concerned Mother… As a mother, especially the mother of a passionately conservative teenager entering his college search year amongst today’s unsettling environment, I am so grateful to Ben Shapiro for writing this timely book. I’ve grown increasingly concerned with the unnecessary and completely unwarranted infighting within humanKIND along with an erosive tribalism mentality that certain ideologies seem to want to perpetuate in order to control more and more people-enabled by adults who should know that they…

Anonymous says:

This Book Makes Me Feel So Proud To Be An American! What an essential voice in the political commentary world! I loved Ben’s book “Bullies” and I’m loving this book too so far. I’m on my second reading.You don’t have to agree with everything he says to learn something from him. His arguments and logic are airtight. This book’s thesis is an important one. It IS Reason and Religious belief that makes this country great.Ben’s knowledge of classic Western philosophy is impressive. The scholarship is at times broad and deep…

Anonymous says:

Valuable review of western civilization Kindle edition was released last night and I’ve already finished it. Excellent overview of how the roots of Jewish morality and Greek philosophy of reason led to the development of western civilization, and why we need to adhere to both to preserve goodness and liberty

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