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The Right Side of History – Ben Shapiro

Titulo del libro: The Right Side of History

Autor del libro: Ben Shapiro

Edición de libro: FIRST EDITION

Formato de libro: EBook

Date published: 2019

Illustrator: HarperCollins

ISBN: 978-0-06-285792-7

Número de páginas: 196

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The Right Side of History
This book is about two mysteries.
The first mystery: Why are things so good?
The second mystery: Why are we blowing it?
Human beings spent tens of thousands of years living in dire poverty, under subsistence conditions, in constant threat of physical danger both from nature and from other human beings. For nearly all of human history, life has been nasty, brutish, and short. In 1900, some 10 percent of all infants died before reaching their first birthday in the United States; in other countries, the number was far higher. Approximately one in every one hundred mothers could expect to die in childbirth.
Yet we now live in an era in which mothers can expect to survive pregnancy and childbirth (the mortality rate among pregnant women has dropped 99 percent).1 Babies can be expected to survive infancy and then live another eight decades; we live in an era in which the vast majority of the American population lives in climate-controlled spaces with plenty of food, a car, and at least one television. We can speak with each other across thousands of miles instantaneously, find and collate information with the touch of a few keys, send money seamlessly whirring around the globe, and buy products manufactured in dozens of different places for cents on the dollar without leaving our homes.
Then there are our freedoms. We can expect that a baby born in the United States will never be enslaved, murdered, or tortured; an adult in the United States can go about his or her daily business with the expectation that she will not be arrested for espousing an unpopular viewpoint or worshipping the wrong god or no god at all. There are no restrictions barring particular races or genders from particular jobs, no governmental rules designed to privilege one particular biological or religious in-group at the expense of any other out-group. We can live with whom we choose, have as many or as few children as we want, and open any business we see fit. We can expect to die richer than we were born.

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  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Dedication
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Chapter 2: From the Mountaintop
  • Chapter 3: From the Dust
  • Chapter 4: Coming Together
  • Chapter 5: Endowed by Their Creators
  • Chapter 6: Killing Purpose, Killing Capacity
  • Chapter 7: The Remaking of the World
  • Chapter 8: After the Fire
  • Chapter 9: The Return to Paganism
  • Conclusion: How to Build
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Index
  • About the Author
  • Also by Ben Shapiro
  • Copyright
  • About the Publisher
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