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How far are Americans willing to go to force each other to fall in line?

According to the establishment media, the intelligentsia, and our political chattering class, the greatest threat to American freedom lies in right-wing authoritarianism. We’ve heard that some 75 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump represent the rise of American fascism; that conservatives have allowed authoritarianism to bloom in their midst, creating a grave danger for the republic.

But what if the true authoritarian threat to America doesn’t come from the political right, but from the supposedly anti-fascist left?

There are certainly totalitarians on the political right. But statistically, they represent a fringe movement with little institutional clout. The authoritarian left, meanwhile, is ascendant in nearly every area of American life. A small number of leftists - college-educated, coastal, and uncompromising - have not just taken over the Democratic Party but our corporations, our universities, our scientific establishment, our cultural institutions. And they have used their newfound power to silence their opposition.

The authoritarian left is aggressively insistent that everyone must conform to its values, demanding submission and conformity. The dogmatic left is obsessed with putting people in categories and changing human nature. Everyone who opposes it must be destroyed. 

Ben Shapiro looks at everything from pop culture to the Frankfurt school, social media to the founding fathers, to explain the origins of our turn to tyranny, and why so many seem blind to it.

More than a catalog of bad actors and intemperate acts, The Authoritarian Moment lays bare the intolerance and rigidity creeping into all American ideology - and prescribes the solution to ending the authoritarianism that threatens our future.

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  • Mike Stacey
  • 28-07-2021

The Libertarian Moment

This book isn’t just for the right. It focuses on authoritarianism, not economic policy. I think the libertarian left (If that still exists) would agree with much in this book. The more authoritarian right (like Trump…) would disagree with a good bit of this book. The fight is against the government intruding in our lives. We can argue about economics later. Ben is consistent and precise, not just calling the other side names (as done by both parties).

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  • Dani
  • 28-07-2021

Sweet Baby Gang is here for Ben

I love all of Ben’s books but aside from Primetime Propaganda, this is probably my new favorite. It’s timely and relevant and keeps my attention. Some of his books aren’t “put in some headphones and listen while cleaning” material but this is. I also think it’s one to hold onto because it will continue to be relevant and important as this culture war continues to divide us. Hopefully we all grow a pair and stand against it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2021

Thank you Audible! It is a nice book. Nice book. G

Thank you Audible! It is a nice book. Nice book. Great book. Good book. Fun to read it.

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  • Confused
  • 29-07-2021

Treatise of the Unwoke

Shapiro has penned a significant treatise of conservative objection to the illiberal shift of today’s left. It doesn’t just offer ample, concrete, and timely examples of why alert observers oppose the progressive authoritarian crush, it convinces us that a broader resistance to this misguided impulse is imperative and offers a roadmap to the exits of the bad dream that is woke culture.

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  • Philip Starr
  • 29-07-2021

Excellent and unfortunately too true

Been Schapiro does an awesome job explaining how the left has taken over the culture and all its institutions

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2021

Important Read! Great Awareness and Insight

Read this to understand how the political left has institutionalized itself in the major areas of everyday life. Help shed light on the blinders that have been installed into the minds of many Americans.

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  • Jacob Fallis
  • 30-07-2021

Amazing thoughts!

A must read for any and all sides of the political spectrum. Each argument is well placed and put together.

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  • whatsup
  • 30-07-2021

Required reading

Authoritarian Moment is an amazing summary of our current American situation and a must read for everyone.

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  • emay
  • 30-07-2021

One Simple Tip

Put your speed on 80😂. Sorry Ben, but I think you know what I'm saying!😉

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  • Ernesto
  • 29-07-2021

This is real information

Ben Shapiro educates you inthis book of what is really going on with American and enemys within and what we can do to stop their agenda.

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  • Mr. B. Shepherd
  • 28-07-2021

Worth your time to read it

A very good book highlighting the issues on modern day life. Ben is a well known public figure who owns and runs the news agency, the Daily Wire. He often explains that the left is getting more authoritarian but is often challenged to prove this, which he does in his book.

The main thesis of the book is as follows:

1. Most people are not virtue signalling, pronoun using woke lefties. However, the majority of people are being silenced through a vocal minority who uses twitter and other mediums to either get you fired, your business reputation destroyed and person’s life ruined. The bar of what is okay today is ever shifting and so Ben argues, keeping quiet will not spare you from this but only shift the time scales of when it will occur to you. Ben says, its not an if, but a when, because the bar moves so often it will eventually land on you and the outrage mob will come calling for your blood – eventually.

2. The left have over taken public life. Ben explains, this started in the universities which are now dominated by lefties who are indoctrinating others. He says, there are so few conversative teachers in education, according to poll data, that this fact is undeniable. Corporate companies have also been captured with many manager’s shifting attention from shareholder obligations and focusing instead on equity (equal outcomes), diversity pledges, and other woke badges of nothingness rather than focusing on building good core products, that people want to buy.

3. Ben simply argues that, Conversative people are being denied any voice in public life. They are being de-platformed and as such this is leaving the left as the only voices. People then naturally think they are the voice of the people, which they aren’t.

4. Ben argues that science is great because it is based on reasonable fact. However, the appeal to science these days has become a form of political narrative shaping in itself, being less about science rather than about trying to serve the political aims of ideology. Given the current state of the world, I think few of us dispute this. Science Ben argues is no longer Science, but is now ‘S.C.I.E.N.C.E’. An example Ben gives is, its okay to march in a protest for BLM and COVID wont get you, but if you march against lockdowns it will. This is not science – its politics.

5. Ben argues that left wing ideology has taken hold of large corporates. These companies now employ the large majority of people and don’t favour freedom nor market choice, being rather favour dominance instead. Ben argues that as these companies deploy a large number of individuals in large HR departments to push a narrative internally and force compliance with the narrative. Anyone who has worked in a large corporate has had this experience already. Ben argues that these large corporates are trying to kill small business who favour freedom and market choice and traditional conversative values.

6. Ben argues that Hollywood is obsessed with politics and is not focusing on telling a good story. All Conversative values have been taken out of Hollywood and entertainment is now being used as a propaganda machine, rather than an entertainment machine. Ben gives examples of trashy politically focused films, which virtue score rather than entertain, which the audience thoroughly dislikes. However, because you dislike them you are labelled racist and other words just because didn’t enjoy the film and because the film doesn’t share your values. Ben says, entertainment used to cater for both sides of the political divide but these days it doesn’t. The left have captured it completely and now it only focuses on their message.

7. A chapter on fake news.

8. Ben talks about how conversative people are being banned from public life, such as the bans seen on Twitter, Facebook, Parlor etc. this year. Ben argues that the reason for this is so that Conversative individuals can be driven completely from corporates and public life, leaving nothing more than the left in its wake to dictate to the rest of us how to live our lives.

9. Ben concludes, the left don’t need a justification to cancel you – they need nothing more than an excuse. Ben therefore argues, they can’t cancel you if you don’t consent to it. Ben says, leave the system and create alternatives. Ben suggests to start with education and then move onto practical elements. Ben argues, many of these leftie policies are flat out illegal. He says, most people don’t want to take their employers to court for breaches of law, but he argues that is exactly what people are going to have to do in future. He argues, the other means of redress are to withhold your money from companies you disagree with and ultimately create our own alternative institutions.

A good way to end this review is to highlight the final words of Ben’s book. He says, he worries that his kids will grow up thinking that its normal to be silenced, to be cancelled and to be hounded by the mob. He worries about them growing up and taking it for granted this their lack of freedom and their need to follow the party line is just the norm. There is no need to review the book but rather simply stop and think about these final thoughts of Ben’s. Ben explains, if you’re silent on all this then you consent to it. I can’t say I disagree with him.

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  • Jedircool2
  • 04-08-2021

great insight

this book perfectly illustrate what exactly what's going on on the democratic party right now..we are all seeing it but not doing anything about it and Ben just says it how it is out loud..at least someone Has balls.👍😁

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-2021

Contributed nothing to the discussion

The authors writing style smacks of a fragile ego and someone scared of challange and personal growth. He seemed (at least to my ears) to lack reason, and contributed only anger to the debate. If you support the views of this author the work will undoubtedly appeal, and present an interesting listen. However if you are seeking to understand the opinions of those with a divergent political view point to your own, you will struggle with this book. The author presents little except an abject disdain for change or challenge to his entrenched viewpoint (often addressing areas he dislikes without presenting a reason why, which I felt hindered the book). The narration of the book is well done, but again hindered by the content.

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