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Have Americans become so preoccupied with "safety" that they have welcomed tyranny? Dennis Prager weighs in on the balance between living life responsibly and living life fully in this Thanksgiving 2020 edition of Fireside Chat. Enjoy!
There is a cost of locking down the country, just as there is a cost of NOT locking it down. Every decision comes with a price, but in the case of coronavirus, too few are asking—or caring—what that is. 0:00 Otto’s Oblivious To The World 1:42 Be Mature & Ask: What Is The Price? 6:30 We Can’t Only Ask: Will People Die? 8:30 The US & Worldwide Lockdown Price 11:10 “Follow The Science” Is A Lie 13:33 Why Are Leaders So Pro-Lockdown? 17:26 Why Are Most Jews On The Left? 21:55 Small Businesses: Don’t Listen! 25:05 Socialism No Longer Has A Dirty Name 26:31 Who Is Teaching You Wisdom?
Families are dividing today over politics, and few things upset Dennis Prager more than seeing families destroyed. There's a common thread in these cruel situations; do you know what it is? 0:00 Great To Be With You 0:58 When Cheating And Lying Are Moral 4:20 Cutting Out Family Over Politics 6:38 Why The Left Is A Cult 9:15 What Is The Fruit Of Your Ideology? 11:18 Are Pro-Lifers Only Pro-Birth? 15:30 Imagine If All Conservatives Spoke Out 19:53 Will Conservatism Survive? 23:27 Looked Down Upon For A Big Family 26:37 Dealing With Insecurities Dennis's column: Thoughts in a Dark Time — https://dennisprager.com/column/thoughts-in-a-dark-time/
The United States held a presidential election this week, and though the result is still yet to be determined, one thing is clear: Americans have very different values and views of the world. Dennis explains. Dennis’s column: Hatred of Trump Vs. Hatred of the Left https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/11/03/hatred_of_trump_vs_hatred_of_the_left_144589.html 5-Minute Video: Left or Liberal https://www.prageru.com/video/left-or-liberal/ Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/
Many Americans don't agree with the positions of the left, but they are afraid to be honest when confronted with questions. It's a very new, and very troubling problem in modern America — and Dennis offers his advice. Dennis’s column mentioned: https://dennisprager.com/column/what-happened-when-a-high-school-offered-a-prageru-video/ 0:00 Otto Is Pure Relaxation 1:40 The Rarest Human Trait 3:08 Children And Marriage Take Courage 5:06 Anti-Courage Society 7:07 The Fear Of Being Shunned 13:07 The Fear Of Lower Grades 16:38 How To Be Courageous 18:19 The Price For Courage 21:08 The Reward For Courage 22:36 Think About What Takes Courage 24:47 Public Schools Aren’t Teaching Reason 30:21 “Do Not Fear”
Until COVID, we had been living in a golden age in America—and it's easy to take such a privileged life for granted. The unemployment rate had been at an all-time low (particularly for minorities). But Americans need to understand how important it is to earn your way through life, rather than be given everything. Dennis explains. Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/ 0:00 Welcome To The Fireside Chat 1:32 Golden Age In America 3:10 Work Makes Better People 6:38 Work On Earning Love 8:39 Earn Rather Than Given For Free 10:58 Where Support Should Come From 12:20 Don’t Be Fooled: Nothing Is Free 13:59 Race: Most Americans Don’t Care 16:52 The Best Place To Be A Woman 19:20 Human Nature With People In Power 21:36 The Harm Left-Wing Groups Cause 24:31 Teach Based Off Excellence Not Race 28:25 When Products Begin To Politicize 30:31 On Behalf Of Otto, See You Next Week
An outstanding conversation with Douglas Murray: How the left became so radical—the lack of debate, "anti-racism" training, corporate wokeness, critical race theory, and infantile thinking. Plus, some excellent advice for those afraid to speak their minds. Enjoy! Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/ 0:00 Welcome Douglas Murray 1:41 Where does his courage come from? 5:43 Understanding the value of the left 8:22 Understanding true evil 14:20 When Dennis lived in England 15:56 The Intellectual Left: Where did they come from? 18:15 The lack of debate on the left 19:38 The left’s absurdity: Writing 21:35 The left’s absurdity: Music 24:36 The left’s absurdity: Corporate Wokeness 30:10 Not a real gay? 32:45 Speak out and risk your grade or career? 37:28 Creating racial tension that doesn’t exist 38:50 How the right should respond 41:00 To Have Happiness: Gratitude is key 45:12 To Have Happiness: Understanding true suffering 46:43 How to break down Critical Race Theory 51:07 Always ask: Compared to what? 52:22 Chaos in God-shaped holes 57:50 Thank you for joining this special episode
Should a president incite fear or temper fear? The media have their opinion; Dennis has another. He also explains why “Follow the science” is not the same as “follow the scientist" in this latest Fireside Chat. Enjoy! Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/ 0:00 “Ladies And Gentlemen” No More 0:56 Welcome With Dennis & Otto 3:28 A President Should Discourage Fear 5:27 Why Should Covid Fear Dominate? 9:15 “Follow The Science”? 10:43 Depriving Children Of Friends Is Abuse 11:42 Emotions Determining “Truth” 16:50 How The Left Strengthens Dennis 18:42 Dennis’s “Racist” Experience 21:16 Listening To Minority Experiences 23:07 Debating Systemic Racism 26:22 Dennis’s Love For Bulgaria Explained 29:18 Dennis Has Not Allowed Fear To Rule
2020's first Presidential debate showcased a striking departure in civility and sophistication. Is it a mirror of our society at large? Our modern culture does appear to confirm it: society is in decline. Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/ 0:00 Welcome To The Fireside Chat 0:55 Quick Debate Thoughts 2:00 The Acceptance Of Public Cursing 3:01 Public Vs. Private 4:26 Signs Of The Decline: Prayer In School 7:30 Signs Of The Decline: Late Night TV 9:11 Signs Of The Decline: Sports & Music 11:09 Our Culture’s Increasing Degradation 13:06 Free Speech Online & At Universities 17:01 Should We Form Our Own Social Media? 18:56 Dennis Lived His High School Dreams 20:42 Comparing Seat Belts To Wearing Masks 25:55 Moral Opposition To The Lockdown 27:48 Comparing Ruined Livelihoods To Lives?
This week Dennis is joined by former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders! Together they discuss the importance of courage, attacks by the media, and her new book, "Speaking for Myself." Check out "Speaking for Myself" here: https://l.prageru.com/3hXZNJD Purchase your Otto merch in the PragerU store: https://shop.prageru.com/collections/the-otto-collection Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/ 0:00 Welcome to a special episode 1:00 Spelling black with a capital “B” 2:10 Sarah Sanders and her new book 3:14 No journalism accountability for the truth 7:53 Finding strength among the vicious attacks 9:38 Children keep you humble 11:43 The Shameful Media: Kavanaugh Hearing & Nick Sandmann 15:04 The meanness of the left 17:08 Know who you are 18:06 The biggest surprises of the president 21:57 The reason for Speaking for Myself 22:33 No right equivalent to the left’s anger 25:30 Favorite White House moments 26:42 Why so much hatred for the president? 29:28 A true heroine
How do you determine right from wrong, good from evil? Two perspectives are dominant: the Judeo-Christian view and the Leftist/Marxist approach. The first approach is the reason America has been such a remarkably good and decent society compared to all others—and Dennis explains why it remains crucial for maintaining a good society. Dennis High Holy Days Services: http://salemnow.com/series-collection/high-holy-days-services-with-dennis-prager/ Dennis’s Column this week: https://www.dennisprager.com/column/the-lefts-moral-compass-isnt-broken/ 0:00 Welcome From Dennis, Otto & Snoopy 2:05 Dennis High Holy Days Services 5:00 What Dennis Would Rather Discuss 6:00 America Is Good 8:00 America Could Be Destroyed 8:55 Excellence & Wisdom Over Diversity 14:22 Right & Wrong: Determined By Morality 16:14 Right & Wrong: Determined By Marx 19:05 The Left’s Undoing Of A Moral Standard 20:50 The Left Wants You To Be Unhappy 24:31 Justice Vs. Revenge 27:06 Dennis’s Collection On The Mantel 29:40 Thank You For Watching
Character development was a primary focus in education until the 1960s. Now, children are taught to blame America or "society" for their problems. The great tragedy of this, of course, is that if you think society is to blame, why would you take any action to help yourself? 0:00 “Say Hi To Otto!” 1:14 A Guy’s Guy 2:20 A Religious Education’s Impact 4:08 An Interruption 4:45 What Should Be Your Biggest Struggle? 7:52 Battling Human Nature 12:14 Raise Your Kids On More Than Love 14:50 America Will Never Be Perfect 16:30 Discussing BLM Without “Being Divisive” 21:53 Dating As A Conservative 24:44 Why Dennis Can Spell Albuquerque 26:48 The Communist Utopia Experiment 30:06 Addressing “The Global Black Family” 32:28 Thanks For Watching Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/
Dennis reflects on the state of our nation after hearing a crowd of American rioters chant “Death to America”. How did we get here? Dennis's column mentioned: https://www.dennisprager.com/column/the-lockdown-has-gone-from-a-mistake-to-a-crime/ 0:00 Joined With Otto And Snoopy 1:58 Mob Chanting “Death To America” 4:01 Gratitude For America Despite Flaws 7:53 A Great Country For All People 9:19 Black Racists And White Privilege 10:35 The Result Of Ingratitude 12:01 “Fundamentally Transforming America” 13:38 The Lockdown Is Now A Crime 17:11 Reason For The Lockdown Was A Lie 19:13 Chances Of Dying From Covid 21:24 When Free Speech Isn’t A Right 24:05 Are Facebook Debates Pointless? 26:02 Why Is Nazism Considered Right? 27:15 “Race Matters” Is A Racist Notion 29:29 Dennis Would Love To Debate A Leftist 30:06 America Is At Stake Subscribe so you never miss a new Fireside Chat! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/
Judging a person by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin is what being "color-blind" means. The left, however, calls it racist. Dennis Prager explains why leftism is antithetical to justice and equality. 0:00 Otto, The Giver Of Peace 1:09 What “Color-blind” Really Means 3:03 What “Color-blind” Doesn’t Mean 4:26 Is Skin Color Really That Important? 8:30 How Far Left Is The Right Willing To Go? 9:49 The Left Hates Individualism 12:55 Don’t Expect A Painless Life 14:49 Why Does The Left Focus On The Bad? 16:31 Living In A Corrupt Country 19:55 How Do You Win Debates? 21:31 Otto Interrupts 21:53 Value Truth 22:24 Racism In The Republican Party? 24:54 Dennis On “White Silence” 26:18 There Are Only Two Races Subscribe so you never miss a new episode! 👉 https://www.prageru.com/series/fireside-chats/
It is difficult to value liberty without a strong understanding of history. Because naturally, humans desire equality over liberty. Yet anytime a society strives for equality of result, it will necessarily sacrifice freedom. America's preference, Dennis explains, is that we are all equal before God and the law, and results are up to you. 0:00 Welcome Back Otto 2:13 Understand History, Liberty & Equality 3:11 Equal Result Means No Freedom 6:07 Why People Prefer Equality To Liberty 8:01 What Is The American Ideal? 9:51 Socialism Goes Against “Do Not Covet” 11:49 Allowing Nazis Freedom Of Speech 13:59 Otto Is Wiggling Away 14:56 Using “Misinformation” To Suppress 17:20 “Circumcise Your Heart” In The Bible 20:44 The Hardest Law In The Bible 22:21 Being Your Child’s Friend Vs. Parent 24:35 China’s Aggression Towards Hong Kong 26:59 Will Leftism Eventually Collapse?
In a revealing new development, teachers openly lament that at-home learning allows parents to hear their lessons. Others agree that this is "dangerous," and say they need to be able to indoctrinate in a “parentless" way. As Dennis explains, severing parental authority is exactly what every cult must achieve. 0:00 Otto Had Surgery 3:15 Teachers Against Recording Lectures 6:05 Teachers Know It’s Indoctrination 8:56 The Chances Of Your Kid Dying 9:41 Teachers Against Parental Authority 11:40 Kids Thriving With A Home Education 12:37 Understanding Socialism & Communism 19:42 Freedom & Liberty Are Values 21:01 Marriage & Children Are Values 25:33 Are You Making Good Children? 26:14 Fight Real Evil, Not Fake Racism 27:40 Passing On The Otto Good Wishes
Why is there so much hate and mockery around a single medication? Is there really no evidence of its efficacy? Dennis Prager has been following this politicized medication for months and provides scientific facts that the mainstream media attempts to suppress. Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook are all censoring and removing our content! Stop Big Tech censorship and sign our petition: https://www.prageru.com/petition/doctors/ 0:00 Welcome, Enjoy & Share 1:36 HCQ Is Very Safe 3:57 Why So Much Hate For A Medication? 5:28 Science Has Become Corrupted 7:54 Ridiculed And Removed Doctors 9:57 People Are Dying 10:23 Doctors Hoarded HCQ 11:03 All The Left Does Is Mock And Defame 13:30 HCQ Helping India 16:23 Dr. Harvey Risch Of Yale Agrees 19:22 Former French Health Minister Agrees 20:54 The Censorship Should Trouble You 23:48 Dennis On Being Young At Heart 27:23 Is It Purely Political? 28:38 HCQ In Other Countries 29:01 Should The Media Be Punished? 30:36 Disagree But Don’t Mock And Censor
Young people are enamored with "anti-racist" rhetoric because they think they are fighting racist systems in America. The TRUTH is they are fighting America itself and the very values the country was founded on. Dennis identifies the best thing we can do to help. Get your Otto merch here: https://shop.prageru.com/collections/the-otto-collection Dennis’s Column Mentioned: https://www.dennisprager.com/column/5-arguments-against-america-is-a-racist-country/ 0:00 Otto And Snoopy 1:12 NEW Otto Merch! 2:00 Dennis Reads Different Opinions 3:43 Battling “Racist” America 7:01 Young People Attracted To The Left 8:48 Immigrants And Their Success 10:40 They Are Fighting America, Not Racism 11:03 Otto’s Dreaming 11:37 The Best Thing You Can Do In America 13:00 Getting Your Peers Aware & Involved 15:54 Who Pays For The “Free” Demands? 16:49 Share PragerU With Peers 17:14 What Gives You Meaning? 19:20 Dennis’s Thoughts On Grieving 24:00 Life Is Not Meant To Be Easy 25:18 Dennis’s Thoughts On Masculinity 27:29 Arm Wrestle: Dennis Vs. Ben Shapiro 28:07 College Restricting Free Speech 29:39 Don’t Forget The Otto Merch
The difference between police and no police is the difference between order and chaos. This week is PragerU’s #backtheblue campaign and Dennis asks: What does defunding the police actually mean? What is the likely result? Sadly, we don't have to wonder. Ride-Along mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JnF-OO6W7M 0:00 Welcome To The Weekly Fireside Chat 1:00 PragerU’s Back The Blue Campaign 1:15 The Foolishness Of “Defund The Police” 3:10 Are There Bad Police? 4:59 Defund Police Equals Increase In Evil 7:29 No Fear Of The Police And Authority 9:12 The Loss Of Fear Of Our Teachers 11:15 Authority Is Not Authoritarian 12:50 Dennis Went On A Police Ride-Along 13:35 Moral Violence Vs. Immoral Violence 15:59 Every Society Needs Police 16:31 How Do We Bridge The Political Divide? 19:44 Advice For Law Enforcement 21:08 Some Thoughts On Melania Trump 22:02 How Do You Know Murder Is Wrong? 25:44 Relationship Advice By Dennis 29:14 Liars Go To Hell? 32:07 Dennis’s Book, Still The Best Hope
Former police officer and popular conservative commentator Brandon Tatum joins Dennis this week to discuss Brandon’s path to conservatism, the NFL, having courage, dealing with hate, defunding the police, and more. Enjoy! This episode is sponsored by Thinkr. 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/
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Chad Cadenhead

use usc code 18 242 to prosecute

Nov 19th
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Rasa Fournier

aloha from Hawaii Mr Prager. I thank God for you every day!

Oct 29th
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Joshua Newsom

a bit informal, that's the genre.

Oct 28th
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Joshua Newsom

recommendation for highschool to college transition planning.

Oct 28th
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Martin Colwell

As a more left leaning atheist obviously I disagree with you more often than not but it's valuable to listen to this anyway because half of what you say are actually good points that I don't hear elsewhere. but yes the concept of holding up the public sphere as an ideal to strive for rather than just an unfiltered reflection of our private flaws is an important one. this change does have significant ramifications. some positive but on the whole probably mostly negative.

Oct 17th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

It does everyone. Impossible not too

Oct 13th
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Karen Thurston

I always enjoy your podcast and have another theory which I believe supports your "Society in Decline" theme. my theory is that as the way people dress in public is shameful and degrading. mostly it's young and young adult women, and is a stark contrast to even as recent as the early 1970s when I was a high school student and pants for women were a controversy. I attended public schools in liberal San Francisco Bay Area, but pants had to be part of a coordinated "pants suit"! Current dress in many public places resemble what used to be reserved for undergarments.

Oct 9th
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Aaron Stone

they kicked/cancelled roseanne off television because of 1 line while looking the other way on all of the ad hominem attacks from all the lunatics across the aisle. it's shameful. what Colbert, kimmel... have said was much worse & in many cases pushed for violence.

Sep 28th
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Lori Daly

✌️💜🇺🇸

Sep 17th
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Caleb Shuler Sr

useful. truthful info.

Sep 4th
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E J

Thank you Mr Prager. I am going to share this episode with my relatives who have kids in public school. God bless you 🙏🇺🇸

Aug 14th
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E J

Officer Tatum, thank you sir👍

Jul 17th
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MC B

Lmao ugly geezer

Jul 11th
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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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