Brainwashed is the explosive exposé of the leftist agenda at work in today’s colleges, revealed by firebrand Ben Shapiro, a recent UCLA. Read “Brainwashed How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth” by Ben Shapiro with Rakuten Kobo. When parents send their children off to college, mom . Ben Shapiro. Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, pp. Cloth: $ ISBN: .

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How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth.

In the words of the author, Brainwashed is meant to “rip the cover off of [sic] a system that for too long has claimed diplomatic immunity while simultaneously feeding students a steady diet of leftism” p. Underneath the poorly written substance of the book, much of which seems to be a personal vendetta against UCLA Professor Robert Watson, is a devout hatred of higher education that typifies the arguments of such [End Page ] neo-conservatives as Dinesh Brainnwashed, Diane Ravitch, and David Horowitz.

A recent graduate of UCLA, year old Ben Brainwashhed is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, an international distributor of features to newspapers and internet sites.

He is perhaps best known for his conservative and controversial columns in UCLA’s Daily Bruin and the social lore surrounding his dismissal from brqinwashed paper, the focus of Chapter Shapiro’s central thesis is that the academy is overwhelmingly comprised of people who are anti-Republican, anti-Israel, and anti-American, against capitalism, religion, war, and God, while being pro-Democrat, shspiro, and pro-Iraq, in favor of socialism and communism, affirmative action and multiculturalism, homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia, radical environmentalism, and moral relativism.

Despite the book’s title, the text is often more an indictment of social policy and liberal ideology than an attack on higher education. Shapiro organizes his discussion of these themes into 12 chapters and concludes by outlining recommendations for conservatives in a brief six-page chapter entitled “Solutions.


A critique of his arguments is warranted, at least in part, by the fervor underlying his categorization of the typical American faculty member. Brainwazhed book has serious methodological limitations, as the author consistently provides no, incomplete, or biased support for his assertions.

To “document” the ways in which the academy brainwashes students, Shapiro relies on one-sentence quotations from faculty members without providing any additional information, including the extent to sgapiro one faculty’s view was representative of all faculty, whether the statement was related to the faculty’s area of expertise, whether it was based on any research, or whether it had instructional purposes beyond bdn.

Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth

Shapiro also inappropriately generalizes from his experiences at UCLA to the experiences of all students at all institutions. When included, sources supporting his perspective are drawn from conservative organizations, talk radio, and online reactionary media outlets.

The irony in Shapiro’s presentation is that, while his concluding recommendation to students is, “Please, think for yourselves” p.

It is tempting to critique the book line-by-line, not only because of the methodological flaws but also because of the pervasiveness of inflammatory language.

Two of the more outrageous examples are: We stopped counting the number of times that he used the word “idiot.

The general style and structure of the argument may be illustrated by a representative example. In Chapter 2, “Partisan Politics,” Shapiro summarizes opposition to legislation that he favors, the Welfare Reform Act, by stating that professors advocate for a “big, expensive, useless form of welfare that keeps teen pregnancy high, work ethic low, and the upper class paying massive taxes” p. But very little attention is being paid to the consequences for the children” p.


Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth by Ben Shapiro

Shapiro fails to mention that Dr. Kamerman is the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work and a nationally and internationally recognized expert on child and family policy. He also does not critique the basis for her statement but trivializes it: When you have no grounds for a real argument, weep for Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

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