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The War On Work

I hate to be Captain Obvious here, but the absolute road out of poverty is work. But that simple formula just isn’t working (no pun intended). Since President Johnson declared the War on Poverty nearly 50 years ago, the federal government has spent trillions trying to improve conditions to no avail. We are no better off today than we were in 1965, says Cato Institute social economist Michael Tanner. “Truth is,” he says, “the War on Poverty is actually a War on Work. It has both discouraged work and ensnared people in hardship.” In this episode of Prager University, Tanner explains why work is the only answer.

As the World Burns

Once upon a time, Democrats didn’t hate America. Nowadays, they malign our country at every opportunity, their insults pelting the landscape like a monsoon. Joe Dan Gorman calls it the Sabotaging of America. “Every aspect of America has gotten worse,” he says. “Our economy, our security, our border, our healthcare. Go down the list. And we better get back to theJudeo-Christian values that our Constitution was built on.” Gorman explains further on this edition of Intellectual Froglegs.

War Will Be a Distant Memory

Although war across the planet is dominating the headlines, the reality is that the 21st century has been the most peaceful one to date. In this edition of Vox, political commentator Zack Beauchamp says there are three big reasons why war is going away. Listen in as Beauchamp lays out the evidence and explains.

Peace Through Strength

With America’s foreign policy seemingly challenged on all fronts in recent months, we come full circle to the lingering question: Why must our military maintain its dominance? In this edition of Prager University, renowned British historian Andrew Roberts tackles the consequences of a weak America versus a strong America and what each means to peace and prosperity in our world.

America Needs a Challenge

On a pleasantly warm afternoon at Rice University in Houston in 1962, our youthful, brash president challenged America. President John F. Kennedy laid out the country’s plan to put a man on the moon. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the others things, not because they are easy but because they are hard,” he said. That was 52 years ago. Where have the challenges gone and what do we strive for today? PJTV’s, Bill Whittle says, “Nothing we do is audacious anymore. Everything we hear from this president (Obama), and to be fair, for many, many years before he arrived, is hectoring and prissy and trivial and beneath us.” Check out this edition of “Afterburner” as Whittle eloquently dishes out a mix of passion and intellect.

Good Values vs. Feelings

Radio talk show host and author Dennis Prager analyzes the age-old question: What is the most important thing in life? Most of our answers fall into three categories–love, money and happiness. Prager contends all three of these things are crucial components in one’s lifetime, but not at the top of the heap. Prager suggests the most important thing in your life are good values. “Values are what you consider to be more important than anything else,” Prager says. “And above all, values are what you consider to be more important than your feelings.” He elaborates in this edition of Prager University.

Time’s Up for Racism

Wild Bill dazzled a captive crowd at Gettysburg over the weekend at an event hosted by Harlem Mayor Dr. James David Manning. Wild Bill’s theme? Racial conciliation. Tune in as Wild Bill tells the crowd it’s time to finish racism in America.

A True Patriot

As we celebrate 238 years of independence in our great country today, it rekindled memories of the late, great comedian Red Skelton and his tribute to America in 1969 with his expanded version of The Pledge of Allegiance. Skelton explains that he first heard this recitation from his grade-school teacher and it stayed with him to his final day.

A Matter of Personal Freedom

Indeed, there are many important issues that conservatives and Libertarians agree on. But don’t be fooled. There are others where they passionately disagree, such as the war on drugs and gambling. Libertarian John Stossel debates former U.S. Rep. Allen West and Alex McFarland of the American Family Association on both of these issues in this edition of LibertyPen.

 

The Sky is Not Falling

Let’s face it, Americans love bad news. Whether scare warnings or disasters, it doesn’t matter, we soak it all up. Author Matt Ridley, who authored the recently released Rational Optimist, says there’s plenty to be positive about. “Back in the 1970s the future was bleak,” he says. “The population explosion was unstoppable, famine was inevitable, pesticides were going to shorten our lives,bird flu was going to kill us, the Ice Age was coming back, acid rain was killing forests. All these things were going to go wrong. So I was kind of surprised when I grew up that actually things have been getting better, much better.” In this edition of LibertyPen, host John Stossel continues his discussion with Ridley and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce over this Chicken Little mentality.

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