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The Rockefeller Legacy

John D. Rockefeller was America’s first billionaire, perhaps the richest man who ever lived, but a generous philanthropist. “Rockefeller was an oddity, the first billionaire in U.S. history, but nobody could outgive him,” says historian and Hillsdale College professor Burt Folsom, author of The Myth of the Robber Barons. “He was more responsible than any individual for the creation of the American middle class and the development of America as a great industrial power.” Join Folsom in this edition of Prager University as he reveals the truth about the Rockefeller empire.

An Equation For Happiness

Our Declaration of independence states that all human beings were given the unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness by our Creator. So why is it that not many of us are happy? Says Dennis Prager, author of Happiness is a Serious Problem, “The single biggest obstacles to being happy, is that people naturally compare themselves to other people and assume nearly all of them are happier than they are.” Prager says he has formulated an equation that can predict your exact degree of happiness: U = I – R, which translates into Unhappiness equals Image minus Reality. He explains and offers solutions to a happier life in this edition of Prager University.

Defending the 2nd Amendment

Legendary actor and president of the NRA from 1998-2003, Charlton Heston, was a voracious supporter of the Second Amendment and its undisputable guarantee of freedom for Americans. “Freedom has only one enemy, and that is negligence,” Heston said. The late cinema icon lays out his point with clarity and power in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Blame the Grievance Industry

Whether it’s Black Lives Matter directing its hatred at law enforcement or the Reverend Al Sharpton spewing vitriol, our disadvantaged neighborhoods continue to wallow in the self-pity and victimization culture that has swallowed up these communities. Celebrated economist, social theorist and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Professor Thomas Sowell, blames this very grievance industry for promoting the prevalent self-defeating welfare state vision. Sowell explains in this interview with host Peter Robinson on Liberty Pen’s “Uncommon Knowledge.”

One Nation Under God

Speaking to a men’s breakfast at a prominent church in Daytona, Florida, Wild Bill issued a challenge to a typical American church in light of the country’s fall from moral grace. “I challenged the men to be men of God, to do their duty as ambassadors of Christ,” he says. “The Christian church withdrew from the American culture, and guess what took over. I told the men that Ronald Reagan once said that, ‘If we ever forget that we are a nation under God, we will be a nation gone under.”

A Textbook For the Ages

Wild Bill shows off the New England Primer, aka the Little Blue Book, that taught colonial Americans how to read for 200 years. The public schools textbook also showed how vitally important the Christian faith was to early Americans.

Are We Really the Best?

Are we really an exceptional nation, or do we just think we are? The general concensus is that outsiders are the best judges of our country. Best-selling Australian author and political commentator Nick Adams takes a stab at answering this question in this edition of Prager University.

A Heavy Dose of Inspiration

As we struggle through the presidency of Barack Obama, a community organizer who has sold our country down the river, who cowtows to our enemy, who spits on American exceptionalism, it’s refreshing to shine a light on the greatness of President Ronald Reagan. In the following video, titled “A Soldier’s Pledge,” listen to the inspiration that Reagan exudes, the parlance of what an American president should sound like. Pay attention to his passion and compassion for the great nation we love, then sit back and remember who we are in these troubled times.

A College Speech For the Ages

Most of us attend a small percentage of thousands of college commencement speeches given every year. But it’s certain they all have one theme in common, says nationally syndicated and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will. “They’re often collections of bromides and boring advice. Just once a commencement speaker should puncture the smug complacency and cloyne self-congratulation on campuses.” In this edition of Prager University, Will renders a funny, truthful and witty speech that every graduate should here.

What Drives Extremists?

There’s a false narrative circulating that poverty and ignorance are the leading factors driving individuals to become violent Islamic extremists. Not true, says Haroon Ullah, senior State Department advisor and foreign policy professor at Georgetown University. Check out what Haroon discovered while living in Pakistan in this edition of Prager University.

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