A Vote For Marriage

Bachelorhood or marriage–which is the better life? While playing the field, traveling the world and focusing on career sounds more enticing, University of Virginia sociologist Brad Wilcox begs to differ. “Marriage has a transformative effect on the behavior, emotional health and financial well-being of adults, especially men,” Wilcox says. Tune in as he further explains the benefits of marriage in this edition of Prager University.

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Baseball As Unique As America

Baseball truly is America’s pastime, more so than football, basketball and hockey. But is it really as unique as the USA? Pulitzer Prize winning-columnist George Will thinks so. “Baseball is what America aspires to be–a real meritocracy,” Will says. “Baseball also is a good game for democracy, because it teaches democratic lessons. It is a game of a half-loaf. In baseball, as in democracy, no one gets everything he wants.” Listen to more of George Will in this edition of Prager University.

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Free Speech Under Attack

Fortified by our Constititution and the Bill of Rights, you’d think the United States is well protected from the barrage of political correctness pelting our freedom of speech. Think again. “A generation is being raised not to believe in freedom of speech, but rather that they should have freedom from speech,” says Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “This is a threat to pluralism and democracy itself.” Lukianoff adds that it would be fair to say that you’d expect speech to be the most free on our college campuses, where our future leaders are educated. But highly restricted speech codes are now the norm on campus. He explains in this installment of Prager University.

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Batter Up!

As the boys of summer take the field this week to launch the 2016 Major League Baseball season, syndicated columnist and political commentator George Will reflects on why the sport mirrors our values. “The game is especially suited to our democracy and deserves to be our pasttime,” Will says. He presents his case in this edition of Prager University.

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Roots of Religious Tolerance

There was no such thing as religious tolerance on the planet until the settling of America. With more settlers came more religious sects and more tolerance. Larry Schweikart, best-selling author and history professor at the University of Day, says religious tolerance was an ideological revolution created by the Puritans and pre-1776 Americans. He presents his case in this edition of Prager University.

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Our Foreign Policy Dilemma

There’s no question that the George W. Bush Administration favored an aggressive foreign policy, charging into Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 tragedy. Conversely, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy resume in the last seven-plus years has been passive, hesitant and almost non-existent, as evidenced in confrontations with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. But is there a middle ground in foreign policy for the United States? Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal says, “Yes, and New York City is a model” in this edition of Prager University.

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Our Most Important Date

When you ponder the most important date in American history, you think July 4, 1776, or December 7, 1941,or perhaps the tragedy of September 11, 2001. How about July 28, 1588? Richard McMillan, professor of history at Pierce College, says this was the date that England squelched a potentially aggressive invasion by neighboring Spain. The defeat of the Spanish preserved what we today call the United States of America. McMillan explains in this edition of Prager University.

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It’s Time to End Corruption

As we head into the meat of the presidential election cycle, we often hear from both sides of the aisles that government is broken and needs to be fixed. There are whispers of corruption, politicians being bought and sold and crony capitalism. Is there still time to restore our trust in government and end crony capitalism, or is it too late? Jay Cost, staff writer at The Weekly Standard, answers these questions and proposes solutions in this edition of Prager University.

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U.S. Suffocating in Debt

With the national debt rapidly approaching the unthinkable $20 trillion plateau (now $17-$18 trillion), how did we ever get to this point and how do we fix it? The Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner says spending on the big three entitlement programs–Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid–are most responsible for the massive debt. And now the onset of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare–has exacerbated the problem. So what’s the solution? In the following presentation of Prager University, Tanner tells us how to get out of get and preserve the programs.

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Climate Change Exaggeration

Raging fires, crippling drought and more powerful storms are the Obama Administration’s Three Horsemen of the Global Warming Apocalypse. Problem is, says economist Bjorn Lomborg, all three are rooted in exaggeration. “This does not mean that climate change is not an issue,” Lomborg says. “It means that exaggerating the threat concentrates resources in the wrong areas.” In the following edition of Prager University, Lomborg examines the key issues and reaches some surprising conclusions.

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