Of the few people that most influenced me and helped me solidify my values and political beliefs, Ben Shapiro undoubtedly is at the very top.
I first ran across Ben a couple years ago by watching his review of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” I knew he was some sort of a political pundit from seeing his name now and then in the news, but I didn’t know he had a show. Shortly thereafter, the Parkland school shooting happened, and I began listening daily to The Ben Shapiro Show to keep up with the news. I haven’t missed a day since then.
Benjamin Aaron Shapiro was born on January 15, 1984. His father, David Shapiro, was a professional pianist, and Ben learned violin from a very young age. Although his family did not practice Orthodox Judaism when he was born, they did begin to do so early in his life. To this day, he is still a faithful Orthodox Jew.
Ben skipped two grades, graduating high school at 16 years old. He studied political science at UCLA, and it was there that he wrote a rebuttal to an article in The Daily Bruin. He continued writing for the publication from time to time, and it wasn’t long after when he began writing a column for Creator’s Syndicate. In doing so, he became the youngest syndicated columnist in America at the time, at just 17 years old.
After UCLA, Shapiro moved to Boston to study at Harvard Law School, all the while continuing his writing. He graduated at the top of his class and practiced law for a short while. However, he ultimately ended up quitting his job at a law firm and decided to focus all his attention on his media career.
As a young writer, Shapiro was mentored by Andrew Breitbart. In 2012, he became the Editor-at-Large for Breitbart News. He resigned in 2016, however, frustrated by Steve Bannon’s leadership of the organization, and for how they failed to stand up for one of their own employees after she accused Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of inappropriate conduct.
Shapiro, along with friend and business partner Jeremy Boreing, founded The Daily Wire in 2015, launching his own podcast as well. Since then, The Ben Shapiro Show has become the largest conservative podcast and radio show in the country. The Daily Wire has also become one of the most influential conservative publications in the nation. In 2020, Ben announced that The Daily Wire was going to move into the area of entertainment, to fight back against the institutional power left-leaning Hollywood wields. Their first movie, “Run, Hide, Fight” was released in early 2021.
Ben’s signature quote, “Facts don’t care about your feelings” perfectly sums up how conservatives need to approach politics, and his faithfulness to his values while analyzing the facts was what got me hooked. His podcast and books have helped me, and countless others, mature in their political thinking throughout the years. Listening to him showed me that values are what must determine your political beliefs, not following politicians bindly.
Without his influence, I wouldn’t have started writing for Lone Conservative, and I certainly wouldn’t be the conservative I am today. That is why Ben Shapiro is my conservative hero.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.