A growing number of Americans want to tear down what it’s taken us 250 years to build—and they’ll start by canceling our shared history, ideals, and culture.
Traditional areas of civic agreement are vanishing. We can’t agree on what makes America special. We can’t even agree that America is special. We’re coming to the point that we can’t even agree what the word America itself means. “Disintegrationists” say we’re stronger together, but their assault on America’s history, philosophy, and culture will only tear us apart.
Who are the disintegrationists? From Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States to the New York Times’ 1619 project, many modern analyses view American history through the lens of competing oppressions, a racist and corrupt experiment from the very beginning. They see American philosophy as a lie – beautiful words pasted over a thoroughly rotted system. They see America’s culture of rights as a façade that merely reinforces traditional hierarchies of power, instead of being the only culture that guarantees freedom for individuals.
Disintegrationist attacks on the values that built our nation are insidious because they replace each foundational belief, from the rights to free speech and self-defense to the importance of marriage and faith communities, with nothing more than an increased reliance on the government.
This twisted disintegrationist vision replaces the traditional “unionist” understanding that all Americans are united in a shared striving toward the perfection of universal ideals.
How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps shows that to be a cohesive nation we have to uphold foundational truths about ourselves, our history, and reality itself—to be unionists instead of disintegrationists. Shapiro offers a vital warning that if we don’t recover these shared truths, our future—our union—as a great country is threatened with destruction.
Thanks Ben for a timely and thought provoking read.
Thought provoking and timely. I wish more of my generation would take personal responsibility over their lives (and kids lives), instead waiting on the world to give them a handout every time they feel entitled to it. Thank you Ben for fighting the good fight, and thank you for not settling for mediocrity. Your passion is an inspiration and many times has pulled me out of ruts of complacency and hopelessness!
Terrific perspective of America’s system as it plays out today. Would recommend for any political party wanting to understand how our government was set up to stand the test of time
Amazing very relevant especially now
Great book, huge fan of Ben and his podcast but this book was very informative for what we are facing as a nation and how we are to hopefully reconcile what now seem like very vast differences. 10/10 would recommend