Brainwashed

How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth
Narrated by: Chris Abell
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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When parents send their children off to college, Mom and Dad hope they'll return more cultivated, knowledgeable, and astute - able to see issues from all points of view. But, according to Ben Shapiro, there's only one view allowed on most college campuses: a rabid brand of liberalism that must be swallowed hook, line, and sinker.

In this explosive exposé, Ben Shapiro, a UCLA graduate, reveals how America's university system is one of the largest brainwashing machines on the planet. Examining this nationwide problem from firsthand experience, Shapiro shows how the leftists who dominate the universities - from the administration to the student government, from the professors to the student media - use their power to mold impressionable minds.

Fresh and bitterly funny, this book proves that the universities, far from being a place for open discussion, are really dungeons of the mind that indoctrinate students to become socialists, atheists, race baiters, and narcissists.

©2010 Ben Shapiro (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Look elsewhere liberals

I read this book on the premise that I wanted to explore a well thought-out conservative ideology. I would recommend looking elsewhere for those on my end of the political spectrum, this book exists to feed anti-intellectualism and confer the illusion of critical thinking. I confess, I am a conservative turned bleeding-heart liberal. I do not know about everyone else, but I loved watching Ben Shapiro roast liberals on YouTube, even if the views presented by leftists tend to resemble my own. I picked up his book "How to debate leftists and destroy them" because he has excellent rhetorical skills, and the skills he wished to confer through said book can be used by both sides of the political spectrum. He made me believe there were meaningful reasons to switch back to my conservative ways. This book seemed like it would be perfect for me considering I am a freshly minted Bachelor of Science and seemed to be an excellent way to reflect on the education I had been given. My own university was conservative, I spent copious amounts of time arguing with my ethics professor about whether climate change is real and whether the earth is 6000 years old. Most of my classmates were also on the conservative side. What made me more liberal were the books I read, not my professors, not my peers. There are some things I desperately wish I could have told Ben Shapiro as I progressed through the book. 1. Atheism does not disqualify anyone from making rational and ethical decisions in politics. Look at any study of secular and conservative state crime rates, if anything, conservative and religious communities seem to have higher rates of violence. Furthermore, atheism, in proportion to size in our communities is underrepresented in U.S. prisons (look it up). The morally inadequate heathen is simply not true. 2. "Professors insist that creationism ought not be taught in public high schools" Based on pew research center data and YouGov polling, it is so uncommon for Ph.D. trained scientists in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Sciences to hold creationist viewpoints that in proportion to their respective sizes, it is more common for U.S. adults to believe the earth is flat than it is for scientists to believe humans are not evolved organisms. Regardless of how accurate this comparison is, this is why creationism is widely regarded as a religious belief, not a tenable scientific hypothesis. Scientists do not want high school students to be taught creationism for the same reason Physicians do not want students to be taught about faith healing in a high school biomedical science class. 3. "thousands of scientists from reputable universities have written about climate change being the result of non-human related phenomena" Well sure, but we do not care about just any scientists, actively publishing climatologists are the best people to consult to determine whether the earth's temperature is warming gradually. When surveyed, 97% were found to agree that the earth's temperature is not only rising, but the result of human activity (Check NASA's website). For those who think it is mob mentality to conclude climatologists are right about climatology, please consult the basic premise of Shapiro's statement and vaccinate your children. 4. "[everything that Ben Shapiro said about terrorism]" Between 1995 and 2007, more Americans have died from falling out of bed than from terrorist attacks, yes that includes 9/11/2001. More American lives have been lost from waging a war on terrorism than receiving the brunt of terrorism. More lives of Middle Eastern civilians have been lost still. Suggesting we regard Muslim Americans with suspicion or go so far as to register them with local police is extraordinarily degrading and a complete waste of time. 5. "[America does not have a problem with Black racism]" Based on a study in Milwaukee done by Devah Pager, employers are equally likely to call a white man with a felony conviction as they are to call a black man with no felony conviction for a job interview. 6. "College students become more liberal as a result of youthful naivety" Ben's solution was parents should work to teach their children their personal moral code, for a longer period of time than four years, when one is a good deal more naive than they are between the ages of 18-22. Please think about that briefly. 7. "Professors don't care about facts" Professors dedicate their lives to facts. A typical Ph.D. takes seven years to complete. Each Ph.D. involves extremely rigorous training in the natural sciences, history, or social sciences. Such a statement as "professors don't care about facts" is as meaningful as saying Lawyers don't care about the law. 8. "Professors have class envy" Based on census bureau data, an individual with a PhD earns significantly more over the course of their lifetime than an individual with an M.S. or a B.S.. Admittedly, individuals with professional degrees earn more, but does one really think Ivy League professors could not have gotten law or MBA degrees for more money and less education have class envy. 9. "Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are not world powers" Of course they do not, they are small countries. On the other hand, according to Wilkinson et al, the Nordic countries have lower rates of homicide, lower rates of mental illness, lower rates of obesity, and greater social mobility. Social mobility is one's ability to make more than their father. Based on the data we have, if one wishes to live the American dream, go to Denmark. Their system is not socialism per se, just high taxation for things like wellfare, "free" college, and universal healthcare. 10. "[Everything Ben Shapiro said about pornography or sex]" As an accomplished prude who has found long term abstinence from both of those things to be fulfilling in some ways, I would get on board with what Shapiro is saying...... if conservatives practiced what they preached. Look at any study of the pornography consumption of conservative states vs. liberal states. Conservative states consume more pornographic material than comparatively liberal ones. Rates of premarital sex between Evangelical Christians and the religiously unaffiliated are comparable based on Guttmacher data. To have a moral agenda is one thing, to fail at ones moral agenda and then get upset with others for not abiding by it is astonishing. 11. Abortion "99% of Ivy League professors are pro-choice" Could mean there is a very good reason to be pro-choice. Here it is. Again, as an accomplished prude, I wouldn't mind seeing this one go away. The thing is, it will not, regardless of legality. Several studies exist documenting global abortion rates, if anything, countries that ban abortion have higher rates of abortion than countries which legalize it. Passing a legal ban on abortion appears to accomplish nothing other than forcing women who seek abortions to resort to sketchy sources or coat hangers. I mentioned that statistic around some of my family members. I was told I need to prioritize scripture over statistics. Apparently God's will was for metal instruments to puncture uteruses for no other reason than to exercise a vendetta. Ben Shapiro is a Harvard trained Lawyer. He is taught how to defend ideas, and he typically does so exceedingly well. He is not taught to discard ideas.

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From 2010, but still current

I hadn't noticed that it was only the audiobook version of this book that was released in 2017. The actual book turned out to be from 2010. Which means that the examples given are from that political period as well, naturally.

Nevertheless, Shapiro has a sharp mind and the analysis he offers is still current when it comes to the political climate on American university campuses.

Narration was well-done, the narrator tried to at least somewhat "channel his inner Shapiro". However, I'd have preferred Shapiro himself, I believe his book would have benefitted extra from the unique speed and tone that are so characteristic of the author.

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Definitely proves the title of this book

It covers the biases of liberal universities and the intolerance of conservative ideology. It is a fantastic book for actual free thinkers.

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The sad state of us education

Controversial, graphic, true? Shapiro might be too much alarmist or is it? A rare opinion

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great !!

Been Shapiro great as always very good book loved it thanks for the information!! thanks

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Great book. Highly recommended.

This book kept my attention to the time of finishing it in one sitting. Well sourced, well stated. Give this a listen.

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Does anyone actually study at college?

Enjoyable. Eye-opening. I did not experience any of this type of behavior in my college days. But then again, I was actually ....studying... Whatta concept I guess. And now, with a kid in college, one a year away, one 2 years out and one 4 years out. I am on the hunt to further empower my kids from the BS that's apparently out there. This is a good start.

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Disappointing

When I saw that the release date for this audiobook was 2017, I expected to expected to hear a discussion of white privilege, Antifa, and black lives matter among other topics. But this book was about John Ashcroft, George Bush, & the war in Iraq. It turns out that the book is copyright 2004, not 2017. I was misled. The audiobook was released in 2017. Before Amazon purchased Audible, I do not think Audible would have been deceptive like this. Very disappointed.

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Really great. Tough to hear for hours how rotten universities are.

Message is really really important. It’s tough to hear so much negative activity is occurring. I have a hard time with so much negativity. I would much prefer to hear the author rather than the orator. Give me Ben Shapiro! Thanks for all of your time and effort, Ben.

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Ben's book rocked!

the only item that I would change is the narrator. Would have preferred Ben's, but then I would have finished the book in. 33 mi?

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  • Zulfiqar
  • 12-18-18

Disappointed

Being a big fan of Shapiro’s sharp logic, I was disappointed by this book. It’s just a hyperbolic rant.

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  • Pepe
  • 01-07-19

Well documented and interesting

This book reviews opinions from professors, lectures, college campus newspapers and similar items where the opinion trends in universities can be seen. The result is that in any aspect there is a very large bias towards left and extreme left in college. From an European point of view, it is surprising to see that USA is going through the same polarization as we are. Bottom line: do not pay for instruction in a USA university!

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  • UMAGA
  • 08-31-17

some good, some bad

Good reply to liberal bias e.g. feminism and various forms of perversion, but littered with Ben's blind support of Israel, and anti-islamic rhetoric. Careful selection of anecdotes to support his views.

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  • Peter
  • 11-16-17

Reinforced what I already knew

The book regurgitates alot of left Uni Prof. content to illustrated the brainwashing point. I would have prefered more of Bens views and supporting facts opposing the left views.

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  • Carlin
  • 12-13-17

Great read, well argued, just a few too many names

Great arguments, very well sourced and founded on facts, maybe a few too many names and references. However the basic premise, that universities are full of leftist indoctrination and very biased, is well argued.

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  • Benjamin
  • 11-23-17

Ben Shapiro = conservative brilliance

Love this, Ben Shapiro is a genius, well structured and engaging start to finish. well done

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  • Cam Liston
  • 08-30-17

Shapiro - Zealot & Prude

When not referring to sex or religion Shapiro is on point!

However his extreme zealotry and prudish nature spoil large portions of this book.