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No Doubt Slavery Led to War

Many people still believe that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery, but about something totally different. They can’t fathom that the citizens of southern states were willing to fight and die to preserve a morally repugnant institution. Some argue the cause of the war was economic. The North was industrial and the South was agrarian. Is this what brought both sides to war? Or was it because the South believed strongly in preserving states rights? Colonel Ty Seidule, professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, debunks all these beliefs. “The evidence is clear and overwhelming,” says Seidule. “Slavery was, by a wide margin, the single-most important cause of the Civil War for both sides.” Seidule elaborates in this edition of Prager University.

Deja Vu All Over Again

Conservative radio talk show host, author and columnist Dennis Prager is strikingly candid when opining about the Iran nuclear deal: “We are reliving 1938, the year Democratic Western nations assured a police state–the Nazi Regime–that they would do nothing to prevent its expansion.” Fast forward to 2015 and a different cast of characters, and we face the same woes. In this episode, President Barack Obama, the new Neville Chamberlain, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, Adolph Hitler reborn, are on center stage. It’s deja vu all over again, folks. Like Nazi Germany, Iran is a police state, wants to externine Israel and it seeks to dominate its region. Prager says the Iranian Regime is already the greatest funder of terrorist organizations and is morally corrupt. Period. Prager explains further in this edition of Prager University.

Zonation to the Rescue

Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame recently hit a raw liberal nerve when he called out atheists on their world view. But is what he said more terrible than anything you’ve heard on TV? Alfonzo Rachel doesn’t think so, and comes to the defense of Commander Phil in this edition of “Zonation” on PJTV.

Religious Tolerance in the West

There’s no argument that religious tolerance is a given in the West. Says University of Dayton history professor and author Larry Schweikart, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that America, where people of all faiths are free to worship or not worship as they please, invented modern religious tolerance.” But some historians suggest that this was the result of a historical aberration fraught by the Puritans and pre-1776 Americans. Schweikart dissects the historical significance of this issue in this edition of Prager University.

Court Ponder Major Decisions

Thursday should bring two major U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the future of Obamacare and gay rights. Rejection of either by the court may throw the country into chaos and bring legal pandemonium, says Ed Berliner, host of “The Hard Line” on Newsmax. George Mason University professor of law, F.H. Buckley, disagrees. “That’s just nonsense,” Buckley says. “I think that by defeat they mean turning it over to the states, that’s the best possible outcome. I think that’s an outcome that would dial back the culture wars and we really need that. We need to really lower the temperature a whole lot and that would do it.” Tune in as Buckley elaborates.

Taming Our Planet

The last few weeks has the planet rumbling on its axis. There was a devastating earthquake in Nepal, more ISIS violence in the Middle East and hoodlums ruling the roost in Garland, Texas, and Baltimore and other American cities. So what do we do? Says Bill Whittle, “What we need to realize, is that after centuries of trying to make kind, sharing noble new people, all we’ve gotten gotten is the death of about 1 or 200,000 million of the old people in the process, and the timeless, implacable eternal enemies of natural disaster and violent people remain.” Tune in to hear Whittle’s solution in this edition of “Afterburner” on PJTV.

Cities Of the Future

With the planet’s population exploding and no where to go, futuristic cities are taking shape across the globe, including communities in the ocean to one floating in the sky. Top 10 Media takes a detailed look at 10 such cities.

How to Perfect Government

Is the United States getting too damn big to govern? How can we possibly shrink government? These are the questions dangling over PJTV’s “Trifecta” crew as they discuss how they would perfect government. Check out some interesting solutions from Stephen Green, Bill Whittle and Scott Ott.

Minimum Wage Hike Kills Jobs

The New York Times, recognized around the planet as the bible of the progressive left, actually got it right back in 1987 when it editorialized that the perfect minimum wage was $0.00–zero! The Times opined that “the minimum wage is an idea whose time has passed.” Says David Henderson, editor of Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, “So economists and the liberal paper were on the same page. Why? Because they understood that a minimum wage does not guarantee jobs. It guarantees only that those who get jobs will be paid at least that minimum.” Henderson explains in this edition of Prager University that hiking the minimum wage might well lead to unintended consequences.

The Great Weed Debate

The states of Colorado and Washington stunned the nation when citizens voted to legalize marijuana. The move was a bad one, says Kevin Sabet, professor of psychiatry and a former senior advisor for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He says time will tell whether we’ve replaced a system of minor arrests for possession of weed with a public health tragedy of legalization. Consumer and investigative reporter John Stossel engages Sabet in debate and takes a look at how the legalization of marijuana is working out in Colorado in this edition of LibertyPen.

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