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The Surprising Benefits Of CO2

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels constitute 85 percent of our energy use, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But global warming alarmists proclaim that we must reduce that percentage to zero or face the dire consequences. Patrick Moore, Canadian scientist co-founder of Greenpeace, begs to differ. “How can something that makes life possible be bad?” he asks. Moore dissects this questions and provides some surprising benefits of CO2 not commonly part of the climate change debate in this edition of Prager University.

The Wrong Side Of History

If you opposed the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage, you were on the wrong side of history. Opposing the legalization of marijuana branded you as stuck in the past. According to whom, you ask? President Obama, of course, who’s also tossed out the term, “the right side of history,” with abandon. Obama has flirted with these Marxist terms throughout his six-plus years in the White House, but is there really a wrong side and right side? “What unites both terms is arrogance and cowardice,” says nationally syndicated columnist and best-selling author Jonah Goldberg. “The notion that history is moving in an inevitable direction is ancient. But in modern times it’s main champion is Karl Marx.” In this edition of Prager University, Goldberg explains further, including why the terms have different meanings domestically and abroad.

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.

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.

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 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.

Beware Of Big Unions

Big Oil, Big Pharma and Big Banks can pose alarming threats to America’s economy by striking deals with crooked politicians. But there’s another “Big” you rarely hear about, says Daniel DiSalvo, political science professor at the City College of New York. Big Unions. DiSalvo tells us why Big Unions pose the biggest threat in this edition of Prager University.

Should U.S. Police the World?

When the topic of America policing the world comes up, progressives are quick to react. They point to American arrogance, or ask themselves, “Who made the U.S. the boss of the world?” Conservatives, especially those with libertarian leanings, proclaim, “What other countries do to to their neighbors is of no concern of ours.” But what is the alternative, asks Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and foreign affairs expert Bret Stephens. In his book, America in Retreat, Stephens writes, “The order that the U.S. has provided has not only had enormous security benefits for all the world, it has also produced phenomenal economic advantages.” Stephens weighs in some more in this edition of Prager University.

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