Ben Shapiro and the future of American conservatism
EXCERPT: The rise of Ben Shapiro points to a conservatism that embraces the communications technologies of the internet age, emphasizes the rights of life and speech and religion and self-defense, is familiar with and comfortable in the crazy blender of American popular culture, and is caustic in its opposition to socialism and bureaucratic control. A critic of Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, Shapiro has nonetheless come to occupy something of a middle position within the universe of conservative opinion: critical of President Trump's behavior, but also willing to applaud Trump when his policies advance constitutional freedom. Shapiro is someone that both Trump's right-leaning opponents and right-minded friends respect. Even a few liberals are willing to entertain his ideas—until they are shamed into denouncing him, of course.