Dennis Prager

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JLIFE RECENTLY HAD the opportunity to speak with Dennis Prager (one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts). He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon (Pacific Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he’s appeared on “Fox and Friends,” “Red Eye,” “Hardball,” “Hannity” “CBS Evening News,” “The Today Show” and JLIFE RECENTLY HAD the opportunity to speak with Dennis Prager (one of America’s most respected radio talk show hosts). He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999 and airs live, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to Noon (Pacific Time) from his home station, KRLA. Widely sought after by television shows for his opinions, he’s appeared on “Fox and Friends,” “Red Eye,” “Hardball,” “Hannity” “CBS Evening News,” “The Today Show” and many others. We were able to get his two cents on the current political climate, the state of education on college campuses today and the recent uprising of “Safe Spaces.” Get to know Mr. Prager a little better here …

In 2011, you founded Prager University with Allen Estrin, an Internet-based institution of higher learning that covers topics that include Political Science, History, Philosophy/Religion, Economics and Psychology. What was the inspiration behind this project?    Prager University is a free alternative to our universities. It offers five-minute talks by some of the finest minds in the world – including, for example, four Pulitzer-Prize winners – on almost every subject other than math and the natural sciences. This year, we will have almost half a billion views, and the greatest percentage is people under the age of 35. Anyone who watches all 200 videos – a few times because they pack a lot in five minutes – will learn more about the world and about life than at almost any university.
Our universities no longer care to open minds. They have become left-wing seminaries – places whose primary task is to produce committed leftists, not knowledgeable men and women. They propagandize students against America and against Israel. They infantilize students by providing child-like “safe spaces” for students who are troubled by the appearance of a rare conservative – usually meaning pro-America, or pro-Israel, or pro-free marketplace – speaker. These “safe spaces” feature Play-Doh, hot chocolate, videos of frolicking puppies and stuffed animals.

You have lectured all over the world including Russia, Israel and in 45 U.S. States and nine of Canada’s provinces. Have these experiences inspired some of the content for Prager University?   I have been to 130 countries, and that immersion in the world has influenced everything I do and much of my thinking. But I cannot point to any specific lecture inspired directly by these travels. Don’t forget, I only give about 15 percent of these talks.

How is teaching in person versus teaching via the Internet different? Considering that you tackle important and sometimes complicated subjects… What are the challenges and benefits of both?   If one seeks to have a one-to-one relationship with a wise professor and succeeds in doing so, obviously an online teaching institution cannot compete. But otherwise, as innumerable young and old people have told us, they have learned considerably more at PragerU.

How do you see the role of Jewish leaders today in the context of our heated political climate?   Jewish leaders should have two overriding goals – bringing Jews to G-d and Torah (though not necessarily to Orthodoxy) and protecting Israel. Most, however, believe their primary task is to promote “social justice.” Thus, most of our synagogues and other Jewish institutions have essentially become extensions of the Democratic Party.

Along with your distinguished teaching, broadcasting and writing career, you also served at the pleasure of President Ronald Regan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords… do you have an opinion on our current administration?    Donald Trump was my last choice for the Republican nomination. I wrote and broadcast against him for half a year. But I said from the outset that if he were the nominee, I would vote for him. It is a poor sign of the times that everyone who voted for President Trump needs to morally defend themselves while no one who voted for Hillary Clinton has had to.
Because I believe the left – not liberals; the illiberal left – is ruining America as it has ruined Europe and Latin America, I am delighted with Mr. Trump’s cabinet, Supreme Court pick, dismantling of the economy-suppressing regulatory state, etc. The whole “Russian collusion” preoccupation is a fraud and a hysteria.

How do you feel about the new direction in U.S. Foreign policy as it applies to the Middle East?   Almost anything is an improvement on the Iran-appeasing, never-say-“radical Islam” Mr. Obama.

How do you feel about America’s relationship with Russia as it stands today?   Russia is run by a man who seeks to rebuild the Soviet Union. What more need one say?

What do you think of the current political climate on college campuses?   Half of America’s students, according to Pew Research, do not believe in free speech for speech that “offends minorities.” College after college has voted to remove the American flag from their campuses. To be pro-Israel is to be the least popular person on campus, second only to committed Christians.

What is your feeling on safe spaces?   It is a way to make sure that as many students as possible remain narcissistic and immature.

How did you and Rabbi Wolpe meet and what is the nature of your collaboration for this event?   We have a friendship dating back at least 25 years. He was at my home for the bris of my second son 23 years ago. At that time he would come to my home regularly to study Torah together. I always enjoy being with him in public dialogue.

Mr. Prager keeps an active scheule lecturing around the nation and weighing in on the role of higher education (among other things) during this heated political climate. To check out his scheule of events and learn more about Pager University please visit
www.prageru.com.

Tracey Armstrong Gorsky is a contributing writer and editor to Jlife magazine.

many others. We were able to get his two cents on the current political climate, the state of education on college campuses today and the recent uprising of “Safe Spaces.” Get to know Mr. Prager a little better here …

In 2011, you founded Prager University with Allen Estrin, an Internet-based institution of higher learning that covers topics that include Political Science, History, Philosophy/Religion, Economics and Psychology. What was the inspiration behind this project?    Prager University is a free alternative to our universities. It offers five-minute talks by some of the finest minds in the world – including, for example, four Pulitzer-Prize winners – on almost every subject other than math and the natural sciences. This year, we will have almost half a billion views, and the greatest percentage is people under the age of 35. Anyone who watches all 200 videos – a few times because they pack a lot in five minutes – will learn more about the world and about life than at almost any university.
Our universities no longer care to open minds. They have become left-wing seminaries – places whose primary task is to produce committed leftists, not knowledgeable men and women. They propagandize students against America and against Israel. They infantilize students by providing child-like “safe spaces” for students who are troubled by the appearance of a rare conservative – usually meaning pro-America, or pro-Israel, or pro-free marketplace – speaker. These “safe spaces” feature Play-Doh, hot chocolate, videos of frolicking puppies and stuffed animals.

You have lectured all over the world including Russia, Israel and in 45 U.S. States and nine of Canada’s provinces. Have these experiences inspired some of the content for Prager University?   I have been to 130 countries, and that immersion in the world has influenced everything I do and much of my thinking. But I cannot point to any specific lecture inspired directly by these travels. Don’t forget, I only give about 15 percent of these talks.

How is teaching in person versus teaching via the Internet different? Considering that you tackle important and sometimes complicated subjects… What are the challenges and benefits of both?   If one seeks to have a one-to-one relationship with a wise professor and succeeds in doing so, obviously an online teaching institution cannot compete. But otherwise, as innumerable young and old people have told us, they have learned considerably more at PragerU.

How do you see the role of Jewish leaders today in the context of our heated political climate?   Jewish leaders should have two overriding goals – bringing Jews to G-d and Torah (though not necessarily to Orthodoxy) and protecting Israel. Most, however, believe their primary task is to promote “social justice.” Thus, most of our synagogues and other Jewish institutions have essentially become extensions of the Democratic Party.

Along with your distinguished teaching, broadcasting and writing career, you also served at the pleasure of President Ronald Regan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords… do you have an opinion on our current administration?    Donald Trump was my last choice for the Republican nomination. I wrote and broadcast against him for half a year. But I said from the outset that if he were the nominee, I would vote for him. It is a poor sign of the times that everyone who voted for President Trump needs to morally defend themselves while no one who voted for Hillary Clinton has had to.
Because I believe the left – not liberals; the illiberal left – is ruining America as it has ruined Europe and Latin America, I am delighted with Mr. Trump’s cabinet, Supreme Court pick, dismantling of the economy-suppressing regulatory state, etc. The whole “Russian collusion” preoccupation is a fraud and a hysteria.

How do you feel about the new direction in U.S. Foreign policy as it applies to the Middle East?   Almost anything is an improvement on the Iran-appeasing, never-say-“radical Islam” Mr. Obama.

How do you feel about America’s relationship with Russia as it stands today?   Russia is run by a man who seeks to rebuild the Soviet Union. What more need one say?

What do you think of the current political climate on college campuses?   Half of America’s students, according to Pew Research, do not believe in free speech for speech that “offends minorities.” College after college has voted to remove the American flag from their campuses. To be pro-Israel is to be the least popular person on campus, second only to committed Christians.

What is your feeling on safe spaces?   It is a way to make sure that as many students as possible remain narcissistic and immature.

How did you and Rabbi Wolpe meet and what is the nature of your collaboration for this event?   We have a friendship dating back at least 25 years. He was at my home for the bris of my second son 23 years ago. At that time he would come to my home regularly to study Torah together. I always enjoy being with him in public dialogue.

Mr. Prager keeps an active scheule lecturing around the nation and weighing in on the role of higher education (among other things) during this heated political climate. To check out his scheule of events and learn more about Pager University please visit
www.prageru.com.

Tracey Armstrong Gorsky is a contributing writer and editor to Jlife magazine.

 

Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: The Greatest Jewish
Debate of Our Time

Dennis Prager (Prager University) and Rabbi David Wolpe (Sinai Temple, Los Angeles) are joining forces for a great debate and an evening you don’t want to miss!  

WHEN: AUGUST 20, 2017
VIP Reception at 5:00 PM
Debate Begins at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach, 

For more information please visit

http://www.tby.org

 

“No Safe Spaces”

Dennis Prager and Adam Carolla are teaming up to make a new film that exposes the hysteria and lunacy taking place at universities, and how our future depends on stopping it. If you would like to help support this project please visit
www.indiegogo.co or www.facebook.com/NoSafeSpacesMovie/

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