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Big Government Not the Answer

Since the beginning of time, it’s a proven fact that the bigger government grows, human freedom and happiness shrinks. In this edition of Prager University, best-selling author Dennis Prager puts it succinctly: “The more government, the more rules. The more rules, the less liberty.” Prager explains that this is not what our founding fathers had in mind.

Does God Really Let Us Suffer?

The age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” has bewildered us for ages, especially where the innocent are involved. In this episode of “Prager University,” Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, seeks to unravel the conundrum.

Public Unions Vs. the Public

Cities and states are sinking under the burden of debt brought about by public service union contracts. How did it get this way and what can be done about it? Philip Howard, founder of Common Good, has answers.


Offering forgiveness — we all want to to do it and we all find it so hard. Dr. Stephen Marmer of UCLA Medical School explains why this is so and how you can overcome the negative emotions that are holding you back from being a happier person. H/T Prager University

Did FDR End the Depression?

President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal has long been credited with rescuing the nation from the Great Depression of the 1930s. Lee Ohanian, an economics professor at UCLA, challenges this conventional wisdom in a provocative examination of FDR’s economic policies. H/T Prager University

Cool Cat Coolidge

Is it possible to make government smaller? Few think so today. Few thought so almost a century ago, following WWI. But one man proved them wrong, our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge (1923 -1929). Acclaimed historian Amity Shlaes
explains how Coolidge did more by doing less and why his governing style might just be the approach we need now. H/T Prager University

The UN vs. Israel

In the last few decades the United Nations has been obsessed with one country. Is it North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Syria, China or some other nation with a reprehensible human rights record? Those would all be fair guesses and they would all be wrong. Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Human Rights Institute, answers this riddle and explains the upside-down moral universe in which the United Nations resides. H/T Prager University

Teachers’ Unions Hurt Schools

Everyone wants to improve our public schools. So what’s standing in the way? Stanford Political Science Professor Terry Moe identifies teachers’ unions as one of the biggest obstacles to reform. H/T Prager University

The European Perspective

What do Europeans think about Americans? Prager University interviews an expert on the subject, Jose Maria Aznar, the former Prime Minister of Spain. He also touches upon the dangers that could arise if American influence wanes, and why it’s important to stand up for Israel.

Understanding Media Bias

A recent Gallup Poll showed 60 percent of Americans do not trust the media. That level of distrust has never been higher. One of the most commonly cited causes: Many Americans fault the media for displaying a left tilt in their coverage. Tim Groseclose, UCLA professor of political science and economics, examines the record and cites research showing a liberal media bias. He also discusses the consequences and how they can be quantified in a meaningful way in this Prager University presentation.

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