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

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

by Ben Shapiro


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America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times bestselling author Ben Shapiro, and we shouldn't fill it with politics and hate.

In 2016, Ben Shapiro spoke at UC Berkeley. Hundreds of police officers were required from 10 UC campuses across the state to protect his speech, which was — ironically — about the necessity for free speech and rational debate.

He came to argue that Western Civilization is in the midst of a crisis of purpose and ideas. 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 spiritual purpose. Jerusalem and Athens were the foundations of the Magna Carta and the Treaty of Westphalia; they were the foundations of Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Civilizations that rejected Jerusalem and Athens have collapsed into dust. The USSR rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, substituting a new utopian vision of “social justice” – and they starved and slaughtered tens of millions of human beings. The Nazis rejected Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and they shoved children into gas chambers. Venezuela rejects Judeo-Christian values and Greek natural law, and citizens of their oil-rich nation have been reduced to eating dogs. 

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

We can’t.

The West is special, and in The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro bravely explains that it’s because too many of us have lost sight of the moral purpose that drives us each to be better, or the sacred duty to work together for the greater good, or both. A stark warning, and a call to spiritual arms, this book may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062857903
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 4,589
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief 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 on hundreds of radio and television shows. He has appeared as the featured speaker at many conservative events on campuses nationwide, several of those appearances targeted by progressive and “Antifa” activists.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Pursuit of Happiness 1

Chapter 2 From the Mountaintop 19

Chapter 3 From the Dust 39

Chapter 4 Coming Together 55

Chapter 5 Endowed by Their Creators 73

Chapter 6 Killing Purpose, Killing Capacity 97

Chapter 7 The Remaking of the World 121

Chapter 8 After the Fire 159

Chapter 9 The Return to Paganism 183

Conclusion: How to Build 211

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 223

Index 243

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The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like this review if Ben Shapiro should host Meme Review again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OUTSTANDING BOOK- if you want to understand why we are the most incredible country in the world, why the current climate of hate and decent are so confusing and saddening this is the book for you- Facts pure and simple which are hard to find these days this is true, but the TRUTH can't be hidden read it guys !
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It wasn't exactly what I expected, but it was great
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Interesting and insightful
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geat read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have NEVER read a worse book than this one. The layout was horrible as was the transition from each topic to the next. I suggest you read the vastly superior book Becoming, by Michelle Obama!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great layman’s work exploring various prestigious philosophers that lays the groundwork to explaining Judeo-Christian values and how they influenced the West during the Enlightenment.
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