Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro debated Ana Kasparian Monday night, covering topics such as education, Critical Race Theory, and the news media.
Kasparian, who cohosts the popular progressive online news show “The Young Turks,” offered her perspective as progressive pundit against Shapiro’s conservative viewpoint. The two commentators found plenty to disagree on while headlining the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s annual dinner. The Daily Wire has compiled some highlights from the event.
Shapiro has ‘not thought one day’ about leaving California
Since Shapiro emigrated from California last year, the Daily Wire’s editor emeritus has “not thought one day about that decision.”
“It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made for my family. We are overjoyed. Florida is a wonderful state,” Shapiro explained. He said that he chose to live in Florida in part because of its tax rates – Florida does not tax income – and its vibrant Jewish community. The main breaking point with California came over lifestyle, however.
“My wife for years was saying, ‘yeah, we’re paying higher taxes, but you make a lot of money, so, you know, that’s fine.’ But the problem is you don’t get any of the public services back in California,” Shapiro said.
California for years has struggled to deal with a growing homelessness crisis that has increased crime and drug use in suburban communities. Shapiro said he would walk out his front door to see a homeless man shooting up heroine. He added that The Daily Wire’s offices had to be boarded up during the protests and riots over George Floyd last year.
“When [The Daily Wire] left” California, Shapiro added, “we thought we were going to lose half the people working for us. Instead, I think over 90% of our people said, ‘You’re going? Get us out of here.’ Everybody wanted out.”
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The first point of contention came over school choice and the value of private education. Kasparian began by arguing that the United States should ban private education altogether. Finland “has the top education model, and they have completely banned private education,” Kasparian said. “I would do the same.”
While Finland has not explicitly banned private schools, the country has all but eliminated them. Schools in Finland are barred from charging tuition fees, and each