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“Without a clear moral vision, we devolve into moral relativism, and from there, into oblivion.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“A man may be judged by his standard of entertainment as easily as by the standard of his work.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Tolerance fails as a virtue, first of all, because it is in some ways demeaning to people. It is much better to speak of “respect” or “empathy.” But that is precisely the problem—common sense tells us that there are people who cannot and ought not to command our respect or empathy. We regard what they stand for as stupid, crazy, evil, or all three. To be respectful of them would be to abandon all moral sense, so that a completely tolerant person would be totally passive, without a moral center. Thus we fall back on “tolerance,” which merely means conceding to people the right to be who they are, while withholding our respect. But the determined advocates of tolerance are not content with that and keep slipping back into making tolerance imply the necessity of respect . . . Thus the obligation of tolerance leads inexorably to intolerance, turning the claim to be tolerant into a tautology, a statement that merely repeats itself—“I am tolerant except about those things of which I am intolerant.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Never in our country’s history has a generation been so empowered, so wealthy, so privileged—and yet so empty.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“is not right that children be dunked headfirst into the vat of garbage we call popular culture.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Nihilism, narcissism, and hedonism are natural results of the chaotic existential subjectivism popularized by the Left. If the hallmark of the baby boomers was rebellion, the hallmark of my generation is jadedness. Nothing really matters—we’re cosmically alone.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“In place of moral absolutes, they promote moral relativism and sometimes even question the very existence of truth and reality. To them truth and reality are what we subjectively perceive them to be.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“No picture should lower the moral standards of those who see it.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“The combination of parental abdication and social liberalism in our schools means that kids are easy targets for nihilism and moral subjectivism.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Baby boomers and their music rebelled against parents because they were parents—nurturing, attentive, and overly present (as those teenagers often saw it) authority figures. Today’s teenagers and their music rebel against parents because they are not parents—not nurturing, not attentive, and often not even there.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“greatest films ever made originate largely in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s—a period when Hollywood worked”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“As L. Brent Bozell pointed out at the time, just because society is in decay doesn’t mean that Hollywood should be exacerbating that decay.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“But straw men are easier to knock down than real arguments.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Black culture has contributed hugely to American society: The civil rights movement brought meaning to American notions of equality and freedom; black contributions to politics, science, music, and art have helped enrich all of us. To demean these accomplishments and contributions by listing rap among them is to demean black culture as a whole.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Real-life teens wish they could live like the teens Hollywood promotes. Everyone has sex, and relationships are deep and meaningful, even if they only last a couple episodes. There are never any consequences to any action, except for experiencing the angst of teenage life alongside the characters. When a generation becomes desensitized to the ramifications of the culture around them, it’s natural to seek out any sort of feeling, even angst.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Over the latter half of the twentieth century, the forces of moral relativism, radical feminism, and generational nihilism have gradually destroyed the foundation of our own greatness. Instead of adopting stronger moral standards, our society has embraced the lure of personal fulfillment.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“The new authority figures of the porn generation are many, and nearly all are members of a coarsened pop culture—one fed by the destructive malaise of the relativist world.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“A 1992 survey by the Center for Media and Public Affairs revealed that while 81 percent of the country as a whole felt that adultery was wrong, only 49 percent of Hollywood did. While only 4 percent of the country outside of Hollywood had no religious affiliation, 45 percent of Hollywood was areligious. While 76 percent of Americans believed that homosexual acts were wrong, only 20 percent of Hollywood did; while 59 percent of the American public was pro-choice, 97 percent of Hollywood was. As Schiffer stated, “We’re talking about those who by self-selection and ambition run the institutions of popular culture—in contrast to a traditional cultural elite defined by erudition, wisdom, and taste.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“The Hays Code stated: “When right standards are consistently presented, the motion picture exercises the most powerful influences. It builds character, develops right ideals, inculcates correct principles, and all this in attractive story form. If motion pictures consistently hold up for admiration high types of characters and present stories that will affect lives for the better, they can become the most powerful force for the improvement of mankind.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“After nearly half a century, it’s easy to forget that the Hays Code was not some outside limitation imposed by the government. It was a content standard imposed by motion picture companies voluntarily.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“1. Why do you think today’s young people are so jaded? Do you feel that the “live and let live” culture has corrupted our moral system? Why do you think American society rejected traditional moral values—the values our founders believed were necessary for our national survival—in favor of moral relativism? How much do you feel our cultural institutions—Hollywood, academia, public schools, and the mass media—are complicit in lowering societal standards?”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Hypocrisy as humor pushes destruction of standards.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“The universities have instituted a new right: the right not to be offended. When tolerance of every sort of behavior reigns, those who believe in standards and rules are destined for castigation.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“greatest films ever made originate largely in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s—a period when Hollywood worked under the “heavy hand” of the Hays Production Code.”
Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future