How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps
a book by Ben Shapiro
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that A growing number of Americans want to tear down what it’s taken us 250 years to build—and they’ll start by canceling our shared history, ideals, and culture.
Traditional areas of civic agreement are vanishing. We can’t agree on what makes America special. We can’t even agree that America is special. We’re coming to the point that we can’t even agree what the word America itself means. “Disintegrationists” say we’re stronger together, but their assault on America’s history, philosophy, and culture will only tear us apart.
A growing number of Americans want to tear down what it’s taken us 250 years to build—they want to dump the Founders and everything they stood for
Who are the disintegrationists? From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States to the New York Times’ 1619 project, many modern analyses view American history through the lens of competing oppressions, a racist and corrupt experiment from the very beginning. They see American philosophy as a lie – beautiful words pasted over a thoroughly rotted system. They see America’s culture of rights as a façade that merely reinforces traditional hierarchies of power, instead of being the only culture that guarantees freedom for individuals.
Disintegrationists and Unionists are at the opposite ends of a continuum with corrupt, racist, exploitative, Constitution and rights lovers on one end (in leftist eyes) and politically correct, equality obsessed, woke, green, government worshippers on the other end—so the United States must devolve into three countries, or two with east and west coast sections politically joined
Disintegrationist attacks on the values that built our nation are insidious because they replace each foundational belief, from the rights to free speech and self-defense to the importance of marriage and faith communities, with nothing more than an increased reliance on the government.
This twisted disintegrationist vision replaces the traditional “unionist” understanding that all Americans are united in a shared striving toward the perfection of universal ideals.
How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps shows that to be a cohesive nation we have to uphold foundational truths about ourselves, our history, and reality itself—to be unionists instead of disintegrationists. Shapiro offers a vital warning that if we don’t recover these shared truths, our future—our union—as a great country is threatened with destruction.
Liberal leftists are trying to cancel our shared history, ideals, and culture, flushing our Founders and their beautiful ideas down the nearest toilet
Shapiro says "Disintegrationist culture makes the further claim that social
institutions have buttressed America’s evils. Those institutions, in
the view of Disintegrationists, must be leveled in order to build a
better world. The village must be burned down, and a glorious new
city built in its place.
Disintegrationist culture claims, too, that Americans’ stubborn willingness to defend their rights represents a pigheaded defense of a corrupt and hierarchical system; Americans must be trained to accept diktats from their government before they can be cured of their individual heresies.
The Unionist village must be burned down, and a glorious new Disintegrationist city built in its place, say the woke lestists
Disintegrationist culture seeks to replace America’s love of risk- taking with a sense of solicitousness from the collective. Those who take risks are to be treated as greedy leeches . . ."
“Ben Shapiro combines a sophisticated intellect and wide erudition with the skills of a really gifted mud wrestler. You’ll find all of him in this book: the deep seriousness, the ardor in combat, the sly wordplay, and the love of country—above all, the love of country. How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps is Ben Shapiro at his best. Which is to say: glorious.” (Peter Robinson, Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution and former speechwriter and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan)
Read a non-woke history book such as The Concise Untold History of the United States, and see that we abandon patriotic philosophy, culture, and history at our peril
"Most Americans still embrace our free-enterprise system—today. But will they in the future? Ben Shapiro shows that it depends on the commitments we make to our common philosophy, culture, and history. Read this book and you will be prepared to defend, confidently and joyfully, the system that changed the world for the better." (Arthur Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School, and author of Love Your Enemies)
Read this book and you will be prepared to defend, confidently and joyfully, the system that changed the world for the better
"Facing much more trying times than our own, Abraham Lincoln insisted, ‘We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.’ Ben Shapiro reminds us that this friendship has a foundation, that it is the American idea, and that we still are responsible as citizens for the work of building that more perfect union." (Kevin Willliamson, author of The Smallest Majority) "Conservatism is grounded in gratitude—gratitude for what we love and want to conserve for future generations. Ben Shapiro’s How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps is a valuable and passionate expression of gratitude for what makes this country great and why we should be grateful for what it is, not angry at it for falling short of some ideological fantasy of perfection." (Jonah Goldberg, author of Suicide of the West)
Here a social justice warrior engages in friendly, peaceful, respectful debate with a conservative (are leftists all mentally ill?)
"Shapiro’s new book How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps is slightly better [than Ben's The Right Side of History], offering numerous qualifications and a few olive branches to opponents. But it still gets dragged down all too frequently by surface interpretations, one-sidedness, angry rhetoric, and the requisite partisanship. Strangely, Shapiro proves unable to carefully engage with conservative authors who disagree with him, casting the book in capsule-like nostalgia for Reaganite intellectualism with little sensitivity to the complex reasons conservative unity has fractured. . . . Like Shapiro, I hope the forward march of history continues and brings with it an even better world than we have now. But that can be achieved only by keeping one eye on the future, rather than both firmly fixated on the past while pining for a sense of moral unity that never was." (Source: Miles Wide and Inches Deep, Matthew McManus, Arcdigital)
Shapiro has appeared as the featured speaker at many conservative events on campuses nationwide, and several of those appearances were targeted by progressive and 'Antifa' activists
Ben Shapiro is founding editor-in-chief and editor emeritus of The Daily Wire and host of 'The Ben Shapiro Show,' the top conservative podcast in the nation. A New York Times bestselling author, Shapiro is a graduate of Harvard Law School
It should be noted that this 37-year-old conservative has already had an illustrious career. Ben Shapiro is founding editor-in-chief and editor emeritus of The Daily Wire and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show," the top conservative podcast in the nation. A New York Times bestselling author, Shapiro is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and an Orthodox Jew. His work has been profiled in nearly every major American publication, and he has appeared as the featured speaker at many conservative events on campuses nationwide, several of those appearances targeted by progressive and “Antifa” activists. He tends to deal with the real, the political, and the hot issues of the times, as an attorney, author, wildly popular podcaster, and speaker in much demand
Ben Shapiro has appeared as the featured speaker at many conservative events on campuses nationwide, and several of those appearances were targeted by progressive and 'Antifa' activists
Matt McManus (age 31+-) is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Tec de Monterrey. His forthcoming books include the Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism and Making Human Dignity Central to International Human Rights Law. He tends to deal with the theoretical and academic, since he is a professor.
On October 19, 2020, Shapiro announced he was voting for Trump in the 2020 United States presidential election: "There are three reasons I'm going to vote for Donald Trump in 2020 when I didn't four years ago: First, I was simply wrong about Donald Trump on policy. Second, I wasn't really wrong about Donald Trump on character, but whatever damage he was going to do has already been done, and it's not going to help if I don't vote for him this time. And third, and most importantly: The Democrats have lost their f***ing minds."
If a person is feeling delicate about hearing certain subjects or speakers, instead of protesting against them, s/he should avoid the subjects or speakers that are likely to upset his or her poor little snowflake feelings!
Shapiro is an outspoken opponent of safe spaces. If a student will be made uncomfortable or feel triggered by certain subjects or speakers, instead of protesting against them, he or she needs to man (or woman) up and face the ideas for the sake of his own maturity, or s/he should at least avoid the subjects or speakers that are likely to upset his or her poor little snowflake feelings!
Florida—Home of Shapiro
Shapiro gets a lot of antisemitism—he is a favorite target. He has moved to south Florida as of 2020 to escape these ass clowns.
President Obama is a man who embodies all the personal characteristics of a fascist leader
President Obama is a man who embodies all the personal characteristics of a fascist leader, right down to the arrogant chin-up head tilt he utilizes when waiting for applause. He sees democracy as a filthy process that can be cured only by the centralized power of bureaucrats. He sees his presidency as a Hegelian synthesis marking the end of political conflict. He sees himself as embodiment of the collective will. No president should speak in these terms — not in a representative republic. Obama does it habitually. (Source: 'Obama's Philosophically Fascist State of the Union Address, Ben Shapiro, 3 February 2010)
They're talking about this dumb story that President Trump wanted to nuke hurricanes. Which, by the way, I don't care whether it does anything, I just think it sounds cool. I mean, what if there are sharks in the hurricanes? What if it's a sharknado?
They're talking about this dumb story that President Trump wanted to nuke hurricanes. Which, by the way, I don't care whether it does anything, I just think it sounds cool. I mean, what if there are sharks in the hurricanes? What if it's a sharknado? (Source: Ben Shapiro, wikiquote)
Shapiro warns us that "American philosophy is under attack, with Disintegrationists
claiming that natural rights do not exist—that no rights are
discoverable from human nature and reason, because neither human
nature nor reason exists. Human nature is inherently malleable, and
reason a mere tool of power, wielded by political enemies in order
to suppress dissent.
"Likewise, equality before law is morally wrong, according to Disintegrationists—such equality merely reinforces preexisting hierarchies of power. Instead of equality before the law, or equality in individual rights, Disintegrationists seek equality of outcome.
Disintegrationists are using the wrong hero in their political drama, which should be us—you and I—not the government
"Finally, Disintegrationists see government not as a guarantor of individual rights and equality before law, but as an overarching cure-all, available to change the hearts and minds of men. To that effect, the institutional framework installed by the founding fathers in order to effectuate their philosophy has come under assault by Disintegrationists, too. Disintegrationists oppose the doctrine of enumerated powers as insufficient to meet the needs of citizens; they oppose checks and balances as barriers to progress; they oppose federalism as a framework for oppression."
Speaking of "equality of outcome," above, What about equality of outcome trumping equality of opportunity to liberal fanatics? Any effort to cause equal outcomes would necessarily and unfortunately involve coercion by government. Milton Friedman wrote that striving for equality of outcome leaves most people "without equality and without opportunity." Karl Marx's famous maxim on the subject is "To each according to his contribution."
The economic systems of socialism and communism are sometimes misconstrued as being based on equality of outcome, but they are not. The "equality" in a communist society is thus not about total equality or equality of outcome, but about equal and free access to the articles of consumption. Marx argued that free access to consumption would enable individuals to overcome alienation. The most insistent proponent of equality of outcome in modern political discourse was Fabian socialist, political thinker and dramatist George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950). (Source: Equality of outcome, Wikipedia)
Apparently, the politically correct morons leading NeoMarxist thought are dumber than stumps
If the idiotic idea from woke leftist wackos that people succeed only because of privilege is true , then how do you explain Oprah Winfrey, who grew up in poverty and ended up a billionaire? She is black—no privilege at all. She is female—no privilege at all. Apparently, the politically correct morons leading NeoMarxist thought are dumber than stumps.
Noam Chomsky is the brilliant author of Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
In NeoMarxist thought, people succeed not because of opportunity or efforts, but because of privilege. Only government can remedy the unfair privileges that capitalism confers. They are correct that capitalism is innately exploitative, but it is not related to privilege but to the capitalistic system being rigged from top to bottom reflecting oligarchic power, not democracy in action. See the best book of the 21st century: Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.
In the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Dodo tells Alice that "everybody has won and all must have prizes." One analyst suggested that this quote describes the controversial concept of equality of outcome. It touches on the Participation Trophy Debate in which kids get trophies for participation so their feelings are not hurt for losing. This is bad psychology since part of learning is learning to deal with disappointments and these trophies undermine such learning. The rewards and punishments of behaviorism are effective incentives if your goal is merely obedience. But, if your goal is nurturing—a superior goal—then you need to avoid rewards and punishments and employ authoritative parenting and/or teaching. See Authoritative and Democratic Parenting Programs.