• The Right Side of History

  • How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great
  • Auteur(s): Ben Shapiro
  • Narrateur(s): Ben Shapiro
  • Durée: 6 h et 6 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Date de publication: 2019-03-19
  • Langue: Anglais
  • Éditeur: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (108 évaluations)

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Description

America has a God-shaped hole in its heart, argues New York Times best-selling 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 the 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 audiobook may be the first step in getting our civilization back on track.

©2019 Ben Shapiro (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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common sense look at politics and how we got here

I was a tad skeptical in the beginning and how the connections would conclude but I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Enjoyable

Though I took issue with a few things, I found Ben's overall case to be well reasoned and articulate. It seems like a good jumping off point to learn more, which he encourages in the book. It leaves me somewhat more hopeful than I was before going through it.

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I like Ben, but...

In one phrase: God and USA good, most everything else bad.

I like Ben, and this books has some key messages; however, it is a pseudo-historical account to justify his own version of history.

Nothing wrong with that, c’est la vie after all; I just expected something different, with more objectivity perhaps.

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Much better than expected!

And I had high expectations! This is a book I will listen to again. I am 67 years of age and thought I had a pretty good grasp of history, but I learned so much from this well-written book. This a history of human thought - but made relevant to our world today. This gives hope for my grandkids’ future IF we adopt the truth here presented.

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Great Listen

Ben gives a great run down of the history of morals and ideas and what got us to where we are now. Well worth the listen.

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awesome

loved it just found it was best to slow Ben down to about 80%
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an intro to western philosophy.

The book is informative but mostly and introduction to western philosophy. having read most of the works Shapiro is referencing it's interesting to see the linear formulation he posits though it lacks a full breadth of historical context. If your new to the right, philosophy of just seeing the modern left for what it is this book will give you a solid foundation of the basic arguments being presented across the modern political spectrum.

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  • K
  • 2019-04-03

Worth listening to...

It is really worth listening to no matter what you believe or your political ideals. I really enjoyed it, and still probably listen to it again later.

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Very close to the mark

The author has done several hard things very well in this book, although there are some misses here. I don't feel the author has correctly understood the kind of ally Kant was in this narrative, as one who highlighted the importance of revelation, and one whose usage of the word "reason" was so expansive that he could easily be mischaracterized as one who would ever want reason without faith.

This book desperately needs someone like René Girard in this conversation, and John 6's "To whom shall we go?". I feel as though the author is just observing the phenomena across history rather than really getting to understand the mechanisms at play. For the final advice to be individualistic appeals to western values, I can understand that leaning from a right-leaning author, but the problem is memetic and the solution is the exposition and despelling of that memeticism.

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Listen on 3X speed

Well researched book covering a large amount of material. As a philosophy graduate I think he got the main points of each philosopher. If you are used to listening to Shapiro’s lightning fast talking I would recommend listening at 3X the normal speed. As 1X speed makes him sound like a drunk. Lol
Well worth the read/listen, this book I think gives a great argument. I believe it can offer insights and solutions for many people regardless of religious belief or lack thereof.

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  • Au global
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  • Benjamin
  • 2019-03-27

As an atheist

As an atheist I want to let others like me know that the book has a lot of religious material. And there is a slight slant towards making atheism seem illogical. Dont let that deter you though. There is a fantastic underlying premise to the book and as someone who loves history, Ben is spot on when he points to the merging of Jewish spirituality and Greek reasoning as the turning point for society into modernity. And it is undeniable that the church built a framework for the rise of European societies. While I dont actually believe in God, the belief in him might be the only reason we made it. If only because it humbled people to see themselves as equal in the 'eyes of God'.

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  • Emmett
  • 2019-03-23

I didn’t know Ben could talk so slow

For those that know Ben and listen to him speak you know he talks very fast. In this recording he slows it down A LOT. If you speed it up to 1.25x or 1.5x you will have normal Ben speed and finish the book quicker. Great Work Ben!

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  • Hunter Jacen Taylor
  • 2019-04-02

Thorough and brilliant

You ever get the sensation when someone explains something to you, that you knew it all along but never had the ability to put it into words?

That’s what this book is and is a testament to the veracity of this work and the clarity and precision of its language.

Shapiro does a wonderful job of summarizing the history of Western values as well as the forces currently besieging them. I cannot recommend this work highly enough, and this will forever be one of the 5 books I will have wherever I go.

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  • Ben
  • 2019-03-21

The first time Ben is speaking slowly!

I needed to raise the speed to 1.5 to hear ben in his usual speaking voice

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  • Mike
  • 2019-05-15

Not a book based on Reason or Morality

For as little as this book seems to discuss religion in its description and title, and for as much as it seems to stress reason and morality this book is really an ode to Christianity (or as the author claims ‘judeo-Christian). If you are not religious this is not a book to explore morality and reason and assumes morality and reason are impossible to attain and practice without first being religious, which is not only untrue but is a dangerous assertion for those not endowed with religious beliefs—a growing portion and the largest plurality of US society today. A truly meaningful book doesn’t discuss why morality is impossible to justify without religious, but discusses the intrinsic value of morality in itself and the positive benefits one will see in their personal life and society at large through these actions for purposes grounded both in reason and morality, whether derived from spirituality or not

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  • CV Padre
  • 2019-04-22

History of Philosophy

The book reads very much like a philosophy class. I enjoyed the historical review. Shapiro makes few conclusions in the bulk of the book, although his tone does occasionally reveal his viewpoint. The end of the book is worth the wait, though. He states clearly the greatest imperative to people who believe in hard work, individual merit, freedom and respect for everyone - retake the (read the book)!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-19

Long-Awaited & Excellent

I almost always listen to audiobooks at 1.50X speed, but this wasn't exactly an option for Ben Shapiro's rate of speech. Very well organized, concise, insightful, relevant, and well-timed for the issues of today. More great stuff from Ben--Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-20

very good read

Very good argument and well written. what I like about this author is he encourages reader to look at the opposing view and draw your own conclusions. very good book worth a read.

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  • Brian
  • 2019-04-11

Interesting Project, but...

Very interesting project but Shaprio cherry picks and misrepresents the history of philosophy. I was under the impression that he had a much better grasp. Instead this was an argument for those all ready to buy into the conclusion before seeing the evidence. Somewhat disappointing. Not recommended for those who know well the history of philosophy.

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  • Juan Dueñas
  • 2019-03-28

Thought Provoking

I am an atheist, raised Catholic, and will teach my kids the value of religion.

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