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(Photo: Screengrab/YouTube/David Knight)Conservative author Ben Shapiro, giving remarks at a Young America's Foundation event at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Ben Shapiro has made a name for himself in conservative circles, appearing daily on radio, TV and at events around the nation. His off-the-cuff and rapid retorts have solidified him as a favorite commentator among politicos — but what's Shapiro's backstory? He recently sat down with "The Billy Hallowell Podcast" to talk about free speech, culture and the roots of his career.
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Shapiro, whose signature line is, "Facts don't care about your feelings," decried the crisis of truth that seems to be plaguing the American conscience, explaining his worries that people seem more motivated today by emotion than facts.
"I think that folks now treasure the subjective over the objective," Shapiro said, adding that this dynamic is the biggest cultural problem of the day. "I think that there are a lot of folks who, the facts don't make them feel good about themselves — they don't make them feel good about the narrative that they tell about their own lives."
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As a result, he believes people tend to disown the facts and then avoid viable debate, turning what should be factual arguments into character arguments. This naturally results in the demonization of ideological opponents — something that has plagued culture of late.
Listen to Shapiro discuss abortion, free speech, civility and more:
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"Right now, people are getting a lot of pleasure, particularly in the social media era, from just smacking people, and it's easy to do that from behind a screen," Shapiro said. "It's hard to do that when you're actually in person, and this is one of the problems with having an online society — it's easier to be mean and nasty when you don't actually have to look in...
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