Prager U - 2014 First Semester (DVD)
Prager U's "First Semester DVD" is a collection of 24 courses from the first 6 months of 2014. The courses are arranged in order of release date, and range in topics from Economic to Political Science to Life Studies. Prager U DVDs would make a thoughtful birthday or holiday gift, a fantastic graduation gift, or a fine addition to your own DVD collection.
On this Prager U DVD, you will find some of the brightest thinkers presenting their best ideas in 5 minutes.
Topics and Speakers:
1) Why Rent Control Hurts Renters – Nicole Gelinas
Nicole Gelinas, a rent control expert, shows why price ceilings on apartments hurt those it intends to help – but also why rent control is here to stay.
2) Why Be Happy? – Dennis Prager
Dennis Prager discusses why happiness, while great for personal and emotional reasons, is far more than a selfish pursuit. It is a moral obligation.
3) The Least Free Place in America – Greg Lukianoff
Question: Which American institution punishes its members severely for offering unpopular opinions, while it offers them a very narrow, limited worldview? Answer: Universities.
4) Lower Taxes, Higher Revenue – Tim Groseclose
UCLA Professor of Economics Tim Groseclose explains why higher tax rates actually reduce the amount of revenue the government collects. Learn a valuable lesson in economics and public policy.
5) Feminism 2.0 – Tammy Bruce
Lifelong feminist and former National Organization for Women member, Tammy Bruce, proposes a new feminism.
6) Does God Exist? 4 New Arguments – Frank Pastore
How do you get from the Big Bang (energy and matter) to a self-aware human being?
7) America’s Debt Crisis Explained – Michael Tanner
America’s government is drowning in debt. Find out why it happened, and how it can be fixed.
8) The Bigger the Government, the Smaller the Citizen – Dennis Prager
In every society, throughout human history, the following relationship has held true: as government grows, human freedom and happiness shrinks. As Dennis Prager says, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.”
9) Why Capitalism Works – George Gilder
Cultural depictions of capitalism are almost all negative. That’s too bad, because the reality is that capitalism is altruistic. Watch this video on why any compassionate and fair society should have a free market.
10) What Did Your Parents Most Want You to Be? – Joseph Telushkin
Acts of kindness are what parents should praise their kids for. According to Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, the best way to make a better world is to reward people for what counts – goodness.
11) What is Social Justice? – Jonah Goldberg
What does “social justice” actually mean? Jonah Goldberg of the American Enterprise Institute pins this catchall phrase to the wall. In doing so, he exposes the not-so-hidden agenda of those who use it.
12) Are People Born Good? – Dennis Prager
Although modern politically correct mores state that people are basically good, it is not true. To make good people, as Dennis Prager explains, parents, teachers, and society must work hard to create good people.
13) God vs. Atheism: Which is More Rational? – Peter Kreeft
What’s more rational and scientific: belief in God or belief in atheism? Contrary to popular belief, logic, science, and reason, support God. Atheism is a system that relies on blind faith.
14) The Government vs. the American Character – Nicholas Eberstadt
The growth in the American welfare state has changed the American character for the worse—from one that is focused on individual responsibility to one that is focused on taking. How can this trend be reversed?
15) The Middle East Problem – Dennis Prager
Although it seems as if there is no solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the problem itself is easy to explain. Israel wants to live in peace with its neighbors, and the Palestinians don’t want Israel to exist.
16) Forgiveness – Stephen Marmer
UCLA psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Marmer shares the three types of forgiveness—exoneration, forbearance, and release—and explains why those who want to fix relationships must first understand forgiveness.
17) Iran and the Bomb – Bret Stephens
Many countries have nuclear weapons. Only one, though, has the world terrified. That country is Iran. Why is everyone so afraid? Because, as Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal explains, they may actually use it.
18) War on Boys – Christina Sommers
What ever happened to letting “boys be boys”? Male students in our elementary schools are punished for acting like, well, boys. Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute explains how we can change this.
19) Why America’s Military Must be Strong – Andrew Roberts
Over the past century there have been periods when the American military has been dominant and periods when it has not. Renowned British historian Andrew Roberts examines what each means to global peace and prosperity.
20) What Every Graduate Should Know – Dennis Prager
Our founder, Dennis Prager, has his own five-minute commencement speech he’d like to give to this year’s college graduates. It’s not the usual speech, but one that could very well change the life of a young American.
21) The Promise of Free Enterprise – Arthur Brooks
What did Thomas Jefferson mean when he wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we have a right to pursue happiness? Renowned social scientist, Arthur Brooks, explores the question and offers a fascinating answer.
22) Hoover and the Great Depression – Lee Ohanian
This video looks at a new history of the Great Depression. One that admits the role that government played in causing it, and the constructive role that free enterprise could have played, if it were given a chance.
23) The Truth about the Vietnam War – Bruce Herschensohn
Did America win or lose the Vietnam War? The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it by reneging on a treaty it signed with South Vietnam. Learn the truth about Vietnam.
24) Do You Pass the Israel Test? – George Gilder
Would you believe us if we said that the best litmus test of a society’s success is its attitude towards Israel? Well, it’s true. In 5 minutes, find out if your country passes the “Israel Test.”