The Right Side of History heralds the arrival of a serious Jewish intellectual. Having cut his teeth as an Internet pugilist in the Andrew Breitbart mold, Ben Shapiro emerges with this, his seventh book, as a thinker of depth, a writer of crisp prose, and a worthy and astute champion of the West at a time when she badly needs them.
Shapiro’s conception of the West is different from that of others who in recent years have taken up her cause. For those writers—think Steven Pinker and the like—the West sprang up, abruptly and miraculously, with the advent of Enlightenment skepticism, scientific rationalism, and modern capitalism. In Shapiro’s view, however, at the heart of that “West” is a “mechanistic, materialist vision of human beings and the universe.”