By Dennis Prager – Posted: May 19, 2020 12:01 AM In a recent “Fireside Chat,” my weekly talk show on the PragerU platform, I commented on society’s increasing fixation on being “safe.” The following is a condensed version of what I said: We have a meme up at PragerU: “‘Until it’s safe’ means ‘never.’” The pursuit of “safe” over virtually all other considerations is life-suppressing. This is true for your own individual life, and it is true for the life of a society. I always give the following example: I have been taking visitors to Israel for decades, and for all … Continue reading Some Thoughts About Being Safe
Dennis Prager |Posted: Jan 25, 2022 12:01 AM – for Townhall.com Among the many unbridgeable divides between Americans is a completely antithetical view of mask wearing. On one side are those who wear masks almost everywhere outside their homes and who demand that others do so, including young children in class and on outdoor playgrounds, and 2-year-olds on airplanes. On the other side are those who only wear a mask where they are punished for not doing so (most obviously, airplanes). They regard masks as essentially pacifiers for adults. Generally speaking, these two groups have disdain for each other. Why … Continue reading Why the Masked and the Unmasked Have Disdain for Each Other
Dennis Prager | Posted: Nov 02, 2021 12:01 AM – for Townhall.com To most readers of this column, the question is absurd. The reason is not because the question is, in fact, absurd; it is because most readers of this column are conservative, and many are religious. Am I implying that most leftists do not believe stealing is wrong? Yes, I am. As incredible as this assertion is to just about all religious people and virtually all conservatives, most leftists do not believe stealing is wrong. Since I always draw a distinction between those on the Left and liberals, let … Continue reading Is Stealing Wrong? Not on the Left
by Hugh Hewitt – for Prager U Name this president. He created the Environmental Protection Agency and put real teeth into the Clean Air Act. Environmentalists called him the most environmentally conscious national figure since Teddy Roosevelt. He was admired, sometimes revered, by civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King and Jackie Robinson. He desegregated southern schools and vigorously enforced civil rights laws, often against his own political interests. His grasp of foreign affairs was acknowledged by both friend and foe to be unmatched. He opened US relations with Communist China; signed the first nuclear disarmament agreement in history; and … Continue reading Some perspective on President Richard Nixon
By Gloria Alvarez Aug 02, 2021 – for Prager U Che Guevara is the face that launched a billion T-shirts. Even now, more than fifty years after his death, he inspires would-be revolutionaries and social justice warriors. Why is his appeal so enduring? Guatemalan radio and TV host Gloria Alvarez explains. My cmnt: Here is a typical example of false information from the Left-leaning Wikipedia entry: Ernesto “Che” Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion … Continue reading Who Celebrates Che Guevara?
By Carol Swain, May 22, 2017, for Prager University. My cmnt: I’ve edited this for clarity and corrected the part about Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. You can watch the original video by clicking Prager above. When you think about racial equality and civil rights, which political party comes to mind? The Republicans? Or, the Democrats? Most people would probably say the Democrats. But this answer is incorrect. Since its founding in 1829, the Democratic Party has fought against every major civil rights initiative, and has a long history of discrimination. The Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, … Continue reading The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party
Andy Puzder Mar 04, 2019 16m views – for Prager U My cmnt: Some things to note about this lesson from Prager U. This was produced in the best economic year in America virtually ever. It was made at the height of President Trump’s Renaissance of America (i.e., Make America Great Again) and boy did he ever. Everything President Trump was doing was producing more peace and more prosperity in America and the world. President Trump was unleashing real hope and real change after 8 sorry years of Obama decline. My cmnt: Then came the over reaction (by democrats) to … Continue reading Capitalism vs. Socialism
By Dennis Prager -Jun 07, 2021 – for Prager U My cmnt: In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday June 20, I post two columns reminding us of the importance of fathers to their children and the larger society. Here is the other one. Until recently, the need to explain why fathers are necessary would have been regarded as, well, unnecessary. But that’s not the case anymore. Dennis Prager explains why this isn’t just concerning—it’s dangerous. Are fathers necessary? For all of recorded history, the need to explain why fathers are necessary would have been regarded as, well, unnecessary. It … Continue reading Are Fathers Necessary?
The decades-long “Cold War” (1947-1989) between the United States and the Soviet Union was so named because the two global powers never came to direct blows. Yet, the war was not without its victims. In fact, millions of Cubans, Koreans and Vietnamese suffered under Communist tyranny. In this video, renowned British historian Andrew Roberts explains why “The Cold War” could just as easily be called “The Third World War.” by Andrew Roberts Aug 12, 2018 3.2m views – for Prager U From the end of World War II, the United States and its Western European allies were involved in a … Continue reading What Was the Cold War?
What would America look like if the Left got everything it wanted? What would America look like if the Right got everything it wanted? PragerU’s Will Witt fleshes out each of these scenarios in this provocative thought experiment. By Will Witt Jun 15, 2020 2.4m views – for Prager U There are crazy positions on the far left and crazy positions on the far right. On the left, there are people who believe a man can get pregnant; that the world is going to end in a decade if we don’t cap carbon emissions; that the real purpose of the … Continue reading Who’s More Radical: The Left or the Right?
What was the Korean War? And why was America involved in such a faraway conflict? Was the United States’ sacrifice–35,000 killed, over 100,000 wounded–worth it? Historian Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, shares the fascinating story of the transformative war that many have forgotten. By Victor Davis Hanson May 30, 2016 7.4m views – for Prager U Mention the Korean War today and most people will look at you with a blank stare. At the time it was fought, just five years after World War II ended, everyone recognized it as a world-shaping conflict, a stark confrontation … Continue reading Why Did America Fight the Korean War?
By Victor Davis Hanson May 29, 2017 4m views – for Prager U The Vietnam War lasted ten years, cost America 58,000 lives and over a trillion dollars, adjusted for inflation. It brought down a president, stirred social unrest, and ended in defeat. No one in hindsight believes fighting a losing war is ever worth the cost. Consequently, the Vietnam War is usually written off as a colossal strategic blunder and a humanitarian disaster. Yet, historical appraisals might have been much different had the Vietnam War followed the pattern of the Korean War, which the United States fought for … Continue reading Why Did America Fight the Vietnam War?
By Bruce Herschensohn Jun 23, 2014 10.6m views – for Prager U Decades back, in late 1972, South Vietnam and the United States were winning the Vietnam War decisively by every conceivable measure. That’s not just my view. That was the view of our enemy, the North Vietnamese government officials. Victory was apparent when President Nixon ordered the U.S. Air Force to bomb industrial and military targets in Hanoi, North Viet Nam’s capital city, and in Haiphong, its major port city, and we would stop the bombing if the North Vietnamese would attend the Paris Peace Talks that they had … Continue reading The Truth about the Vietnam War
By Ty Seidule Aug 09, 2015 34.5m views – for Prager U Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point Was the American Civil War fought because of slavery? More than 150 years later this remains a controversial question. Why? Because many people don’t want to believe that the citizens of the southern states were willing to fight and die to preserve a morally repugnant institution. There has to be another reason, we are told. Well, there isn’t. The evidence is clear and overwhelming. Slavery was, by a wide margin, the single most … Continue reading Was the Civil War About Slavery?
By Hugh Hewitt May 24, 2021 29.1k views – for Prager U My cmnt: Note the striking parallels between the elite, Washington press corps (for Obama that word is pronounced KOR) and their treatment of President Nixon and their similar (even worse) treatment of President Trump nearly 50 years later. The most famous political scandal in American history is, of course, Watergate. It’s so famous that even now, 50 years after it happened, almost every scandal of any kind comes with an obligatory “gate” after it. If you ask most people to explain what Watergate was all about, they draw … Continue reading What was Watergate all about?
Dennis Prager|Posted: Jul 14, 2020 12:01 AM for Townhall.com The left-wing charge that America is a racist country is the greatest national libel since the Blood Libel against the Jews. America is, in fact, the least racist, multiracial, multiethnic country in world history. Neither the claim that America is a racist society nor the claim that it is the least racist country can be empirically proven. Both are assessments. But honest people do need to provide arguments for their position. I have found every argument that America is racist, let alone “systemically” racist, wanting. For example, the police almost never … Continue reading 5 Arguments Against ‘America Is a Racist Country’
By Dennis Prager – July 20, 2020 – 7 min read – on Creators.com My cmnt: I have another post on this site about race hoaxes and hate crime laws. The Left in this country and the world does not really care about poverty, equality, the environment nor race. Yet they use these hot-bottom issues to stir up trouble and gain power. America, whom the Left hates with a burning hatred, has done more to ameliorate these human failings than any other country on earth – so naturally they want to destroy her. Both bogus and sad. My cmnt: The three … Continue reading If America Is So Racist, Why Are There So Many Race Hoaxes?
Ten years ago, it was unlikely that you knew someone who identified as transgender. Today, it’s unlikely that you don’t know someone who identifies as transgender. This is especially true of teenage girls. Abigail Shrier analyzes this disturbing trend and its implications. By Abigail Shrier – May 29th, 2021 683.2k views – for Prager U If you know any middle or high school girls today—or if you are one yourself—it would not be surprising if you know someone who identifies as transgender. The latest statistics indicate that 2% of American high school students now identify as transgender—and the overwhelming majority … Continue reading Why girls become boys
Think of all the horrors of the 20th Century: The Holocaust. The Bolshevik Revolution. The Cold War. Were it not for the assassination of one Austro-Hungarian archduke in 1914, none of those events would have ever happened. Historian and author Andrew Roberts explains. By Andrew Roberts Dec 31, 2018 3.9m views – for Prager U As an historian, I’m often asked if I could stop one event in modern history from happening, what would it be? My answer is World War I. If there had been no World War I, there would have been no Russian Revolution, no World War … Continue reading WWI: The War That Changed Everything
by Dennis Prager – Feb 02, 2010 – for Townhall.com Ten years ago, I wrote a column reflecting on my reactions to visiting Vietnam. Given the lack of revulsion to, and even flirtation with, communism (or its more mildly named version, socialism) among many young Americans, it is worth revisiting. It was difficult to control my emotions — specifically, my anger — during my visit to Vietnam. The more I came to admire the Vietnamese people — their intelligence, love of life, dignity and hard work — the more rage I felt toward the communists who brought them (and, of … Continue reading Trip to Vietnam Reconfirmed My Hatred of Communism
Dennis Prager|Posted: Feb 09, 2021 12:01 AM – for Townhall.com I should state at the outset that were it not for doctors, I would either be paralyzed or dead. I owe my mobility and probably my life to wonderful physicians. However, I will now state with equal certitude that the American medical profession as a whole and many individual doctors are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans — very possibly, more than that. Along with the media — from The New York Times to Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter — Americans have been denied both life-saving information … Continue reading How Many Americans Has the American Medical Establishment Needlessly Killed?
Dennis Prager | Posted: Nov 10, 2020 12:01 AM – for Townhall.com As there is too much to say in the space of one column, I will simply offer some thoughts on the state of the country a week after the 2020 elections. No. 1: While I am not certain the reported election results are dishonest, I suspect they are. Worse, about half this country believes this, too. This is unprecedented in American history. One might counter that this is not unprecedented, that this was precisely what half the American electorate felt in 2000, when many Democrats rejected the 2000 … Continue reading Thoughts in a Dark Time
Karlyn Borysenko Jul 27, 2020 – for PragerU Psychologist and author Karlyn Borysenko wouldn’t be caught dead at a Trump rally. So what was she doing in a New Hampshire arena, surrounded by 11,000 cheering Trump supporters? And what did she take away from the experience? She explains what happened when perception met reality in this eye-opening video. I wouldn’t be caught dead at a Donald Trump rally. I mean, come on—I’ve given money to Bernie! And yet, there I was—February 2020, listening to the President of the United States address a crowd of 11,000 supporters. How in the world … Continue reading The Rally That Changed My Mind
By Dennis Prager Source of Human Rights Left: government Right: the Creator Human Nature Left: basically good (Therefore, society is primarily responsible for evil.) Right: not basically good (Therefore, the individual is primarily responsible for evil.) Economic Goal Left: equality Right: prosperity Primary Role of the State Left: increase and protect equality Right: increase and protect liberty Government Left: as large as possible Right: as small as possible Family Ideal Left: any loving unit of people Right: a married father and mother, and children Guiding Trinity Left: race, gender and class Right: liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus … Continue reading A Guide to Basic Differences Between Left and Right
Dennis Prager|Posted: May 05, 2020 12:01 AM Opinion – TownHall.com My cmnt: some of the ‘unintended’ consequences of this global lockdown are already showing up with a huge increase in suicides by young people, lack of food in Third World countries, massive unemployment (40 million in U.S. alone), a vast rise in mental illnesses, missed schooling, missed school lunches, missed doctor and dental preventive care, the destruction of our healthcare industry, massive increases in our national debt, the utter destruction of 100s of thousands of small businesses, the destruction of personal savings merely to stay solvent and a general malaise … Continue reading The Worldwide Lockdown may be the greatest mistake in History