This is a neat little collection of some objectionable things that Ben Shapiro has said.
Ben Shapiro doesn’t know the Constitution of the United States, yet he talks about it authoritatively.
Which part of the Constitution allows you to seize and redistribute
Motivation: He talks about “in the name of your utopian vision here”, which some apologetic fans could see as an out for him (Not trying to make a straw-man here; just preemptively addressing some more pedantic arguments i can think of), but i think the larger argument that Ben is putting forth is about the common conservative talking-point that “Taxation is theft”. Which it very may well be, but that doesn’t change the fact that the US has in its constitution that congress can actually make people pay their taxes.
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States”
~Article 1 section 8 of the United States Constitution.
The part where you seize is the taxes and the part where you redistribute is in the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States. It’s clearly a very Democratic Socialistic passage of the constitution, but it’s there, clear as day; supporting Bernie, full stop.
Ben is wrong about this, and it’s really quite embarrassing that he would even ask this rhetorical question without having looked it up first. I guess if he retracted it or took the tweet down, that’s forgivable, but as far as i can tell, there’s no retraction from him. He really doesn’t seem all that worried that this is out there for all to see.
The Israel v Palestine Conflict is not a Difficult Issue
Motivation: I looked up if i could see a broader context to this quote, but i honestly do think that Ben believes this. It’s pretty strange that he would say this and expect anyone to take his opinions on geopolitics seriously ever again. Here’s the quote
Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage. This is not a difficult issue.
More to come…
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on anything, so I’m always looking for anyone who wants to expand or contradict what i said. Why am i wrong? Am i missing something?
Cultural Appropriation is, for those who do not know, the act of taking a part of any minority group’s culture. It’s usually white people who get accused the most, seeing as white people are a majority in the west. So If white people try to sell Mexican food that’s cultural appropriation. If a white person dresses in a sombrero, again, that is considered cultural appropriation.
Even if it is fiction
What damage has cultural appropriation caused? Well, it’s closed down several businesses, made several people annoyed and it has made more people intolerant both on the right and the left! The whole concept as a whole, is in it of itself, a uniquely American thing. Hear me out.
There’s a stereotype about Americans that they’re spoiled and that they want everything they see, and that they’re so entitled that they try to speak for everyone. I’ve only seen this sort of behavior on this large a scale in one country. The US. And where did the concept of cultural appropriation come from? The US.
I’m a Swede, which means that my culture is vikings, meatballs, Swedish traditional garb and so on. You don’t see me complaining about the show Vikings. (Swedes are not a majority in the US, after all)
Or when Japanese people dress up in our traditional garb and celebrate Midsommar in a place called Sweden Hill. (Swedes are not a majority in Japan, after all)
Or when the American show, The Muppets make fun of Swedes with the Swedish Chef.
It would be ridiculous if i got mad at any of this. In fact, the only appropriate response is a smile. I fucking love it! And guess what? The rest of the world enjoys it when their culture is featured in any way shape or form as well. And we don’t need a bunch of Americans who has ancestry in other countries, speaking for those countries. The fact that you speak for other countries that you don’t know the first thing about is what makes you American. The fact that you try to stop people from expressing themselves with other cultures ideas is what makes you American! You are an American, not Japanese, not a Swede, not a Russian, not an African, not a Latina; American!
No one owns a trademark on a culture, in fact, cultures are an amalgam of lots of different cultures and countries. Even just the food of all the different countries don’t have their genesis in each respective country. Minute Earth lays it down so that anyone can understand just how small the world really is and just how much we borrow from each other.
Like, in Sweden, it is the culture to celebrate Christmas (Which is in it of itself an amalgam of many different cultures) by watching a Disney special that airs every Christmas. That’s not of Swedish origin. Of course it isn’t! That’s American as shit!
So am i appropriating American culture? And are Americans appropriating my culture? No! You’re just doing what cultures have always done! Intermix. See you on the flipside!
I like your videos, but this really isn’t one of your best. Cheers!
For a number of years now, i’ve felt less and less inclined to change genders. I don’t know when i decided to put this little deadline on myself, but i decided that this year’s Autumn was the deadline for my decision. The deadline for when i’ve got to take the road most commonly traveled. The deadline for when i have to move on.
I’m not trans! I’m someone who doesn’t really care about gender identity. Not in myself; not in others (On account on me being a bisexual). Now, i could be one of those who feel like this needs a label, but i’d rather just let people perceive me as they wish, because to me, it doesn’t matter. And since it doesn’t matter, why put a label on it? Why should i be concerned about that?
Sex is a binary. You either have a dick or a vagina. But gender is a matter of many things. We’re all on different levels of masculinity and femininity, so it becomes a gradient. A gradient where you don’t mind appearing as a manly viking, but also don’t mind appearing as a girly girl.
I guess what i’m trying to say is that it doesn’t matter to me, so therefor, i’ll just default to the one i have now, so i don’t have to mess around with the many hardships that HRT, speech therapy and SRS brings. And it feels liberating to write this down. I used to think that my anxiety was linked to gender dysphoria, yet i’ve gone around presenting male all this time, and the anxiety has gone down! Of course, that could be a hidden statistic for all i know. Far be it from me to speak authoritatively on psychology and neurology. So like with everything in my life, i have doubts. I always doubt. But that doubt is down to the same level i have of my doubts that i’m just a brain in a jar in a simulation.
In conclusion, i would advice anyone to just do yourself. Right now, i think the way i’m doing me is a winning formula. I’m feeling better, i’m doing KBT, i’m doing all my hobbies, i laugh, i spend time with friends, and most of all, i’m presenting male. And all of it feels good to me. I feel right.
Of course, you can always develop as a human being and life is a constant self-discovery quest.
About a week ago, i asked someone to simply elaborate on why she would vote for Hillary. And without even arguing against voting such a way, i’m going to demostrate how one Hillary supporter completely fell appart at even the slightest scrutiny of her position!
This is Jennifer Boylan! And i asked her this (A greater context of the conversation):
“Is there literature available that divulges your reasons for supporting Clinton?” Twitter ~JennaGrip
This is a reasonable question, seeing as she had just tweeted her implicit support of Hillary. All i wanted to know was what her reasons for supporting Hillary in the election.
And this was her response and my response to that
“As opposed to Trump? The only literature I have is this piece of paper declaring me sane.” Twitter ~JennyBoylan
“So no real arguments then? Just your typical “lesser of two evils”?” Twitter ~JennaGrip
Which isn’t an argument for something! Simply stating that you hate one candidate isn’t the same as arguing for another! So it’s not an actual argument.
“You’ll find this shocking, but I don’t try to change people’s politics with tweets.” Twitter ~JennaBoylan
Immediately, she goes into defensive mode! Remember, all i wanted was to read something by her, wherein she defends voting for Hillary.
And i’ll have to add to this, that you shouldn’t actually go into trying to change people’s politics ever! Not in Twitter, not on Facebook, not on Instagram, not in an actual argument, not in a lecture! Not ever!
Change in people’s politics comes naturally through argumentation! I realize you don’t do that kind of stuff, but that’s the truth.
But more to the point, i didn’t even ask for that! I know, shocking, right?
That’s why I initially asked. You don’t seem to want to convince anyone anywhere. Twitter ~JennaGrip
The first sentence of my response is dead on, but the second one misread what she actually said. I even said “Convince”. As if she said “I don’t try to change people’s mind on Clinton”. But really, i was just disappointed that she wouldn’t make such an effort anywhere. Even though she does write for various different sites.
Whatever I’m trying to say, I prove it through the fact of my life. My writing’s not bad either. Twitter ~JennyBoylan
Your lived experience means absolutely nothing when it comes to argumentation! Should we automatically take Pat Robertson seriously because of his advanced age? Or maybe good ol’ George H.W? Or maybe we should discount age altogether, huh?
Your writing’s not bad either? Are you saying my writing isn’t bad? Did you mean “My writing’s not bad, either”?
You know, perhaps your writing is better than mine, but since we’re doing adhoms, can i tell you where you got that attitude? By surrounding yourself with Yes Men! Maybe you’ve kept hearing this line of compliments a little too long!
Here’s another thing on this whole “Aheim Bettar ett languich den ju!”. This isn’t my first language. Or second. It’s my third language. So if it’s not up to your highfalutin standard, i’m deeply sorry, oh, wise sage!
Or maybe i misunderstood what you said! After all, i’m just some English is my third language fuck!
Oh, you sweet thing! Twitter ~JennaGrip
This is where any hope of a real conversation ended for me, and i went into troll mode! She was already there, but now i followed suit!
If you want to read the rest, you can check the Greater context, and make up your own mind about this whole mess! I’m just glad to finally have written this, so i can put it behind me!
In summary, i’m very sad about it! Because i used to have a lot of respect for her, but after her horrible handling of even the slightest questioning, i myself have to question her handling of her questioning.
As a funny little extra, i thought it was amusing that, during this back and forth, one of her little sycophants tweeted me this:
Idea that tweeters seeking convincing actually seek to be convinced is hilarious. Twitter Elisa
Yeah, i guess you can assume that about people. Yup! Everyone else is close minded! Not you, though!
Sarcasm aside, i actually do hear people out. Don’t believe me? Then let’s debate, @TrulyTG