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Dennis’s musings, meditations and conversations by a roaring fire.
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Are blood ties really the strongest/most important relationships? Many say yes, but think about this: family doesn’t have to be blood. Ultimately, the goal is to be color-blind/race-blind and blood-blind. Dennis explains. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/
This is what happens when society enters an anti-religious and anti-rational age. Hysteria. On race, this should be the ideal: We are all American, living in a melting pot of racial integration. The left encourages just the opposite: segregation. Enjoy Dennis's thoughts on these weighty issues. In our fast-paced world, it’s tough to make reading a priority. At least it used to be. At Thinkr.org, they summarize the key ideas from new and noteworthy nonfiction, giving you access to an entire library of great books in bite-size form. Read or listen to hundreds of titles in a matter of minutes: start your free trial today at https://thinkr.org/ 0:00 Welcome Every Week 1:48 This Episode Is Sponsored By Thinkr 3:05 First Thing We See Shouldn’t Be Race 4:59 God Doesn’t Care About Color 5:52 Racial Integration, Not Segregation 7:14 Conflict Of Civilizations 8:41 All Whites Are Racist? 10:32 Every Society Had Slavery 13:06 More Black Immigrants Than Slaves 15:18 Victim Mentality Vs. Happiness 19:12 “There Are Only Two Races...” 21:11 Abolish All Confederate Symbols? 23:24 Judging The Past By Today’s Standards 25:45 Agree With Our Politics Or Get Fired? 29:19 The Purpose Of Life
Our society is rooted in freedom, yet "Freedom is never more than one generation away from distinction." We must conscientiously fight to preserve it amidst the destructive ideas of the left. This week, Dennis discusses how the protests are a sham based on the myth of systemic racism, and why defunding the police will do more harm to black communities. This episode is sponsored by the T. W. Lewis Foundation. To learn more, visit https://solidgroundbook.com/ 0:00 Our Unprecedented Crisis 1:00 Sponsored By T.W. Lewis Foundation 1:40 Protests And Covid-19 Hypocrisy 3:17 The Leftist’s Lack Of Meaning In Life 4:36 Creating Chaos 5:41 All These Protests Are Based On A Lie 7:55 Protests Are All Emotion, No Data 9:23 Care About Black Life? Keep The Police 10:42 What Does Equality Mean? 11:08 How To Rise Out Of Poverty 12:37 Freedom Is Fragile 13:18 White Privilege: What They Get Wrong 15:17 Dennis’s Privilege 16:30 Why Should We See Color First? 17:19 Societies Can Change Very Quickly 18:15 The Left Teaches To Reject Dialogue 19:31 Why Doesn’t The Right Use Violence? 21:44 An Easy Question To Ask In Life 22:54 The Best Interracial Relationships 24:33 Left/Right Divide In America 26:06 Betraying The Jewish People? 27:46 Fight To Keep America Free And Good
Do you let your race, gender, or orientation define you? If you are on the left, everything is perceived through the lens of identity politics. Systemic racism is not the real issue plaguing America—it is our opposing values system. Dennis Prager offers some refreshing insight into how to heal our broken nation. Colorado Christian University is offering a $1,000 scholarship to PragerU subscribers for online classes through CCU Online. Go to https://www.prageru.com/ccu/ to learn more. 0:00 This Episode Is Sponsored By CCU 1:06 There Will Always Be Bad People 3:21 There’s Not Much Racism To Fight 4:25 Why Don’t Black Conservatives Agree? 6:10 “I See No Color” Is The Goal 9:06 Real Racists Think Race Is Important 10:18 Total Breakdown Of A Moral Standard 12:00 Blame Democrats For Loss Of Income 13:34 We Can Mourn Floyd & Condemn Theft 14:19 How To Teach Your Kids Not To Kill 15:40 Thou Shalt Not Steal... Unless Insured? 16:51 Black Firefighter’s Business Burned 17:14 Remember Protests Were Dangerous? 18:00 Do We Need To Reform The Police? 20:50 Where Is The Systemic Racism? 21:48 Better Answers Than Police Reform 23:48 Nazis Thought Race Was Important 25:26 Everyone Is Flawed
Facebook is going after PragerU! They claim to be an open forum, yet label content as "False Information" simply because their "fact-checkers" disagree with it (yet fail to prove is incorrect). Tune in to hear Dennis explain how freedom is actually supposed to work. Sign our petition against Facebook! https://www.prageru.com/petition/facebook/ Watch Dennis’s commencement video on Monday to hear more on lessons learned from the lockdown. Be notified when the new video drops: https://www.prageru.com/series/5-minute-videos/ Colorado Christian University is offering a $1,000 scholarship to PragerU subscribers for online classes through CCU Online. Go to https://www.prageru.com/ccu/ to learn more. Dennis’s column this week — The Lockdown, Evangelicals and the Afterlife: A Response to Steven Pinker: https://www.dennisprager.com/column/the-lockdown-evangelicals-and-the-afterlife-a-response-to-steven-pinker/
Liberty and freedom are very rare in human history. The human instinct is not to yearn for liberty—humans yearn to be taken care of. Generally, by the government (socialism & communism). America's founders knew that limited government and liberty are key to a free society—but we are now witnessing that as Americans become more secular, they value liberty much less. This episode is sponsored by Colorado Christian University. CCU is offering a $1,000 scholarship to PragerU subscribers for online classes through CCU Online. Go to PragerU.com/ccu to learn more. The column about liberty: Some Thoughts About Being Safe https://www.dennisprager.com/column/some-thoughts-about-being-safe/ The column about our polarized political climate: America’s Second Civil War https://www.dennisprager.com/column/americas-second-civil-war/ 0:00 Serenity Prayer For Times Like This 1:20 This Episode Is Sponsored By CCU 2:10 Fireside Chat For Over 2 Years 3:39 Dennis’s Live Q&A On Tuesdays 4:16 Dennis Mocked, Yet Again 6:15 Dennis Is Very Careful With His Words 7:05 Liberty Is A Value, Not An Instinct 9:08 The Liberty Bell’s Inscription 11:07 More Secular, Less Free 13:04 No Lockdown For Hong Kong Flu 15:24 Reliance On Government Over Time 18:20 Values Are Everything 19:20 Our Polarized Political Climate 21:17 The Left-Created Thanksgiving Division 23:08 Godparents To A Gay Couple’s Child 25:12 SIXHIRB 27:00 Dennis Is A Crazed Audiophile 29:49 For Goodness Sake
The LA Times reports that extreme poverty may be the pandemic’s heaviest toll. But it isn't the virus causing this suffering—it's the lockdown. Dennis also addresses the latest new media lie about him—these leftists are determined to discredit Dennis, but they are just too easily proven wrong every time they try. Dennis’s column discussed: https://www.dennisprager.com/column/truth-not-politics-is-at-the-root-of-the-left-right-divide/ 0:00 Past Fireside Chats Are Always Relevant 1:24 Lockdown Causing Extreme Poverty 3:02 The Elderly In Isolation 4:17 LA Times’ Factually Incorrect Headline 6:50 When Is The Lockdown Not Okay? 8:56 Elderly Dying Vs. Young Dying 12:08 Government Controlling Businesses 13:43 Willing To Give Up Liberties So Easily 14:32 Are We “Mildly Inconvenienced”? 16:04 Lies Written About Dennis 18:04 The New Lie Written About Dennis 20:17 What Dennis Actually Said 21:39 We Must Fight Back 22:28 Government Encouraging Snitches 24:57 Risking Your Life For A Haircut? 26:55 Big Tech Censorship On Coronavirus 29:39 How To Reason With The Other Side 30:53 Civilization Is At Stake
Make no doubt about it: COVID-19 is a dress rehearsal for a police state. Dennis Prager is taking a bold stance on the coronavirus because he is dedicated to truth. He also addresses the left's contempt for working people, the growing threat of a police state, and the danger of putting our health above our rights and freedoms. Dennis’s columns mentioned: The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History 👉 https://www.dennisprager.com/column/the-worldwide-lockdown-may-be-the-greatest-mistake-in-history/ Our Dress Rehearsal for a Police State 👉https://www.dennisprager.com/column/our-dress-rehearsal-for-a-police-state/ 0:00 Dennis Received Otto Socks 1:34 Dennis’s Consistent Covid-19 Beliefs 3:49 Ruined Lives Of Low-Risk People 4:45 The Paralyzing Effect Of Fear 6:54 Hydroxychloroquine Saves 8:30 The Worldwide Lockdown Is A Mistake 9:57 The Left’s Contempt To End Lockdown 12:05 Dennis Hurting His Credibility? 13:37 Stand By Truth No Matter What 15:37 The Left Has Corrupted The Sciences 18:58 God Bless The Swedish Government 20:14 Experts Have Destroyed People’s Lives 21:51 Dress Rehearsal For A Police State 23:54 Science And Secondhand Smoke 24:50 Health Above Rights 26:07 “Publicly Owned” Is A Facade 27:10 Elites With Contempt Still Have Jobs 27:49 Why Is Everyone Quarantined? 29:20 No Longer The Land Of The Free 31:27 Do You Fight For Freedom?
The fear of pain may hold you back from a joyous life. And so Dennis's advice of the week is: Don't take unnecessary risks, but also do not let fear, safety, or mortality completely preoccupy you. "Playing it safe" leads to its own undesired consequences—and pain is a part of life. You can't escape it! View the PragerU image Dennis refers to on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_YpH1iAonK/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Watch No Safe Spaces here: https://nosafespaces.com/ 0:00 The Word “Safe” 1:17 Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks 3:00 Don’t Let Death Preoccupy You 4:42 The First Time Dennis Conducted 7:36 If You Play It Safe 8:44 The Word “Safe” On Campuses 9:30 No Rape Culture On College Campuses 11:08 Don’t Let “Safe” Take Your Joy 12:42 Dennis Was Sent To The Soviet Union 15:33 Otto’s Boredom 15:52 The WWII Generation And Safety 17:01 Nothing Is Perfectly Safe 19:19 Blame Capitalism For Economic Hurt? 21:32 Arrogance In Dismissing This Solution 22:06 Government Does Not Produce Wealth 22:32 Economic Recovery 24:08 Choosing To Disobey The Law 27:01 Covid-19 Effects On Marriage 29:29 “Until It’s Safe” Means Never
Is adulthood defined by age? Not really. As soon as you understand the one question which applies to all decisions in life, congratulations: You have entered adulthood. Dennis explains this most interesting concept and asks & answers why hydroxychloroquine remains so controversial, even though it is saving lives. Enjoy! Column mentioned: https://www.dennisprager.com/column/if-half-the-countrys-deaths-were-in-montana-would-new-york-shut-down/
Yet again, predictive computer models fail to predict. The coronavirus variance from region to region appears to contradict those models—and the quarantine and lockdown strategies recommended by experts do as well. What to make of it all? Dennis offers his thoughts. Dennis's column referenced: https://l.prageru.com/34IO2Sz 0:00 Stuffed Version Of Your Dog? 1:06 What “The Economy” Actually Means 3:24 Experts Influencing Policy 5:37 Knowledge Vs. Wisdom 7:41 Good Intentions Without Wisdom 8:51 Lockdown Affecting The World 11:08 Are Fewer Deaths Due To Lockdown? 14:06 Otto Interruption 14:35 What About Florida? 16:25 Terrible Prices Being Paid 18:24 Why Do We Raise The Speed Limit? 19:08 Approach To Stimulus Checks 21:09 Debt Due To Government Help 23:50 Prayer: God Is Not Our Butler 26:23 Success And Character 27:50 Bigger Government, Smaller Citizen 30:17 Dog Chaos Builds, See You Next Week
Can you guess which topics elicit the most mockery? God, religion, and morality. In the absence of a rational argument, mockery takes it place. Dennis responds to those comments and asks whether science is able to offer answers to life's greatest questions: knowing right from wrong and good from evil. Enjoy! This episode is sponsored by the T. W. Lewis Foundation. To learn more, visit https://solidgroundbook.com/ 5-Minute Video Discussed: https://www.prageru.com/video/was-it-wrong-to-drop-the-atom-bomb-on-japan/
The big topic no one's talking about: Who are the most vulnerable to the social and economic devastation of the coronavirus quarantine? It's probably not the group you suspect. Dennis also replies to some arguments made: memes, tweets, and direct disagreements. Enjoy. Referenced in this Fireside Chat: COVID-19 — Navigating the Uncharted https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2002387
Are we taking reasonable measures to fight the coronavirus? Could destroying our economy, livelihoods, and businesses cause more damage than the illness? Dennis answers some tough questions and offers productive things to do during this difficult time. This episode is based on Dennis's column, Suggestions for This Difficult Time: https://www.dennisprager.com/suggestions-for-this-difficult-time/
There is no such thing as a pain-free life, and the earlier you understand that pain is inevitable, the happier you will be. This Fireside Chat is dedicated to the silver linings found in difficult times. March is fundraising month for PragerU! Help keep our videos free by donating at https://www.prageru.com/donate/
You can't expect to live a full life without assuming some risk. There's a spectrum between precaution and panic, and if isn't well-calibrated you can miss out on the best things life has to offer. March is fundraising month for PragerU. Help keep our videos free by donating at https://www.prageru.com/
They may be the two most important questions one can ask: Are people basically good? And how do you make good people? In other words, is the ultimate goal of parenting to raise children to be good rather than merely to feel good? Don't miss the special video question with Candace Owens!
This week’s episode is inspired by a story out of the University of Montana and their cries of racism where there is none. Why do people have the desire to find racism in every aspect of society? Answer: Humans cannot be happy without meaning; so when you lack meaning in your life, you invent false evils to fill the void.
Every attack from the left validates our message and its importance. Dennis Prager discusses the absurd smear attempt by Samantha Bee on national television and its fantastic (unintended) outcome. Enjoy!
Should the U.S. military be the world's strongest? A Pew Research study says “55% of Democrats under age 30 say it would be acceptable if other nations became as militarily powerful as the U.S.” It's an incredible position to hold, considering the reality. Dennis Prager explains how young people have been so misled in this latest Fireside Chat!
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Erica Rose

"people hate Donald Trump more than they love saving lives, that's the only reason for the opposition to hydroxychloraquin." wow this aged well...

Jun 25th
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Rasa Fournier

Aloha from Hawaii Mr Prager. I'm a longtime fan for over 15 years. I just heard you mention that the only thing that the left and right agree on is that the civil war was about slavery. Unfortunately that's not true. I attended college at the Marxist institution known as University of Hawaii. they came down hard on the civil war having nothing to do with caring about human beings and abolishing slavery, that it was solely economically based, that they were only ready to give up slaves because they now had profitable tools that no longer necessitated having slaves. History teacher Pierre Asselin said they were fighting solely over economics. I guess there's not a single thing the left and right agree on.

Jun 21st
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Caleb Shuler Sr

I'm reading Jonah right now. Remember the city of Ninevah. They all repented, ALL, and were saved. Greatest example of what's happening to us.

Jun 6th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

Police being vilainized over ONE accident is insane. They know it. Corrupt Dem politics are going to be our Fall. I believe it completely. Uscas a white family are already discussing how vilainized our two young WHITE children will be in another 20 years

Jun 6th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

These liberals have a crybaby complex that's old as rotten milk. That preacher claims he knows what Jesus would think? first, he'd be sick how we abort ourselves like Dems do and are for. Then, he'd cry over the spiteful hate, Dems carry and promote. Everybody else is wrong besides their insane, illogical beliefs. So, President Trump would be wrong, if he uses his power to prevent chaos and destruction to them? typical.

Jun 6th
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Yasmine C

Dennis seems to overlook the fact that Facebook is a private company and that they remove accounts that violate their terms and conditions. If I showed up at Prager U, would he allow me to give speeches about a woman's right to choose? What about the joys of same sex marriage? After all, we all have free speech, and Prager U must give me a forum. While I'm there, I'm also going to encourage people to use the bathroom of his or her choice-- nevermind the signs!

May 30th
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Tristan Nieblas

Just started watching these prageru podcasts and i like it very much

Apr 6th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

right on as usual dennis. Spoiled we are...bad

Mar 15th
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Aaron Stone

the problem is the Ro of 2 to 4 vs 1 to 2 for the flu. people are infectious up to the 1st 5 days without being sick so 30 can turn into 1000 within a month.

Mar 14th
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Clare Gman

Interesting how he compares views of lust in Christianity versus Judaism. As a Catholic, my understanding is that lust is actually quite similar, though not completely analogous, to coveting. Lust is a sin because it is a DELIBERATE thought: it is when you're knowingly entertaining sexual thoughts towards someone who is not your spouse, or even towards a spouse if those thoughts are oriented towards viewing them as a sexual object (and not your beloved partner, whom you have sex with because you wish to strengthen your relationship and have children with them). Lust isn't thinking "that man/woman is really sexy" or "they have a great body" as an offhanded, sudden thought. It's when you continue to think about their physical attractiveness without guarding your mind not to view them as an object.

Mar 6th
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Jade Riley VenusXtravaganza

hahaha wtf is this BS?

Mar 1st
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K.D. Michael

lol maybe my maga hat runs them away! ❤ this episode, truly enjoyable to listen to young people from other cultures, and hearing their conservative challenges!

Feb 12th
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Phil Connors

I always love your gentle approach, seasoned with humility. Thank you Dennis.

Feb 9th
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E J

I love listening to this guy. It's like listening to my dear wise grandpa❤️

Dec 27th
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Tom MacDonald

people are inherently bad is your premise. I disagree with that Dennis. I believe people are inherently good and inherently want to do good. I believe the world is inherently heading constantly towards goodness and away from sadness. Is is a struggle in all of our hearts No Doubt but most of the time goodness prevails. so your premise that if you don't believe people are inherently bad or evil from first then you cannot be wise is rejected by me. but I would be interested in hearing your defense of your position. in my opinion it also counters the teachings of Jesus.

Dec 14th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

F R E E D O M

Oct 14th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

Pretty darn educational

Sep 15th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

The Apostle Paul left EVERYTHING he had behind. did he commit crime??

Sep 12th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

Lol. that's funny. Do poor true Christians cause crime?

Sep 12th
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Nate BAMA

I have to strongly disagree with your opinion of it being easier to get off of heroin than it is to get off someone giving you free money. You've obviously never been addicted to heroin or opiates to any kind of real serious level because that is pure hell and a lot of people give up their lives because they can't quit and I don't know how many people give up their lives because they can't get shit that someone was giving them anymore so I think that wasn't the brightest comment you've ever stated really enjoy your show and think you are very intelligent person this is one of the few things that I disagree with you on and I think it's probably just because I don't believe you have ever gone through an opiate addiction and if you haven't then you'll never know what it's like and anybody that talks about it like they know what it's like never been through it is doing a disservice to themselves and everybody else

Sep 6th
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