Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:41:41 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/dennis-prager-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager 25a5533ed601ad070fde83c52b60ad03 Why the Left Ignores the Killing of a Pakistani Immigrant Uber Driver for 04/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/04/21/why-the-left-ignores-the-killing-of-a-pakistani-immigrant-uber-driver Tue, 13 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On March 23, Mohammad Anwar of Springfield, Virginia, a 66-year-old immigrant from Pakistan earning his living as an Uber Eats driver, was killed by two girls, ages 13 and 15. They carjacked Anwar, Tasered him and then, as he held on to the car (the source of his livelihood) in an attempt to stop them from stealing it, floored the gas pedal and crashed the car, killing him when he was thrown from the vehicle.</p> <p>As reported the next day in The Washington Post: </p> <p>"Anwar tried to force his way back into the car by climbing on top of the teen in the driver's seat, (Detective Chad Leo of the Washington, D.C., police homicide unit) said. Before he could get all the way in, though, the 13-year-old reached over from the passenger seat, turned on the ignition and 'manipulated' the gear shift, Leo said. With Anwar 'hanging outside the car' through the open driver's door, Leo said, the vehicle lurched forward and accelerated down the block, made a sharp right turn, struck a curb and overturned, landing passenger side up. Anwar was ejected and suffered broken bones and injury to his head."<p>Updated: Tue Apr 13, 2021</p> af5d1993861496aa3e2f88d109c43a3e Mask-Wearing Represents Fear and Blind Obedience, Not Science for 04/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/04/21/mask-wearing-represents-fear-and-blind-obedience-not-science Tue, 06 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I see people walking outside, often alone with no one anywhere near them, wearing a mask, my primary reactions are disappointment and sadness. </p> <p>I am disappointed because I expected better from my fellow Americans. I never thought most Americans would be governed by irrational fears and unquestioning obedience to authority. I have come to realize that I had a somewhat romanticized view of my countrymen.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 06, 2021</p> 3a055201c1c82a9c3a9f88c47292c396 The American Civil War Is Over Judeo-Christian Values for 03/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/21/the-american-civil-war-is-over-judeo-christian-values Tue, 30 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Conservatives often speak of Judeo-Christian values and how the current civil war in the United States and the rest of the West is essentially a battle between those values and the left, which rejects Judeo-Christian values.</p> <p>They are right. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 30, 2021</p> f29433d0dc7a4f185622414b391073ac The Latest Left-Wing Anti-American Lie: 'Anti-Asian Racism' for 03/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/21/the-latest-left-wing-anti-american-lie-anti-asian-racism Tue, 23 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you rely on The New York Times, the Democratic Party or CNN &#8212; they are interchangeable &#8212; for your perception of reality, you now believe America is reeling from the latest expression of white supremacy: Anti-Asian racism.</p> <p>It is a lie, the purpose of which is to:</p> <p>a) Further demonize America.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 23, 2021</p> 6b1c6c37b68c593c9271c026d057f419 The Human Need To Feel Important -- and How Government Squelches It for 03/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/21/the-human-need-to-feel-important-and-how-government-squelches-it Tue, 16 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If one were to draw up a list of human needs, food and shelter would be at the top. </p> <p>With great respect to Freudians, sex would not be No. 2.</p> <p>The need for meaning would be second only to the need for food.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 16, 2021</p> bc4f7050efdce9c6e4ae3dac39c5e4ff Most American Schools Are Damaging Your Child for 03/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/21/most-american-schools-are-damaging-your-child Tue, 09 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I have been telling parents for decades that sending a child to almost any college is playing Russian roulette with his or her values.</p> <p>But it is a different version of Russian roulette. In the traditional version, only one of the gun's six chambers contains a bullet. In the college version of Russian roulette, 5 of the 6 chambers contain a bullet. If your child attends almost any university in America (or Canada or anywhere else in the English-speaking world), the odds are that your child's decency, intellectual acuity, faculty of reason, character and moral compass will be damaged, perhaps permanently.</p> <p>The worse news is that sending your child to almost any elementary school or high school &#8212; public or private &#8212; is fast becoming equally toxic. More and more schools are being taken over by left-wing ideologues and by nonideologues who lack the courage to confront the ideologues. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 09, 2021</p> 52dd938210cbc7356a455e29c292890c Questions to Determine Whether a Friend or Relative Is a Liberal or a Leftist for 03/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/21/questions-to-determine-whether-a-friend-or-relative-is-a-liberal-or-a-leftist Tue, 02 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The great tragedy of our time is that liberals vote left. </p> <p>Virtually every value liberals have held for a century is now held by conservatives and scorned by leftists. Therefore, America, in serious jeopardy of being lost, will be saved when people convince the liberals in their life that the left, not the conservative, is their enemy.</p> <p>This process begins by establishing whether a friend or relative is a liberal or a leftist. If it turns out that he or she is a liberal, it is worth engaging in respectful dialogue on the issues of the day. If the friend or relative is a leftist, you can probably only talk about innocuous subjects such as the weather (though not about global warming) or sports (though not about players taking a knee during the national anthem). If you talk about the great issues of the day with a left-wing friend or relative, that could be the last time you talk to each other. He or she is likely to unfriend you not only on social media but also in life. Leftists generally do not dialogue; they dismiss.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 02, 2021</p> 26ebbbd177bc06cd3a3ff079618ee801 The Denial of Evil: The Case of Communism for 02/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/02/21/the-denial-of-evil-the-case-of-communism Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>One of the most highly regarded books of the 20th century was Ernest Becker's "The Denial of Death." Winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize, the book is regarded as a classic for its analysis of how human beings deny their mortality.</p> <p>But there is something people deny more than mortality: evil. Someone should write a book on the denial of evil; that would be much more important because while we cannot prevent death, we can prevent evil.</p> <p>The most glaring example of the denial of evil is communism, an ideology that, within a period of only 60 years, created modern totalitarianism and deprived of human rights, tortured, starved and killed more people than any other ideology in history.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 23, 2021</p> 93655738d1693df8a1b29bf330d6d258 Given How Flawed Human Nature Is, America Has Been a Remarkable Moral Achievement for 02/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/02/21/given-how-flawed-human-nature-is-america-has-been-a-remarkable-moral-achievement Tue, 16 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Given how flawed human nature is, America has been a remarkable moral achievement.</p> <p>This is the truism that separates the wise man from the fool. </p> <p>This is the truism that separates the left from the anti-left.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 16, 2021</p> 8443f4faaefdb9193a0ccb93f49e1b63 How Many Americans Has the American Medical Establishment Killed? for 02/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/02/21/how-many-americans-has-the-american-medical-establishment-killed Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I should state at the outset that were it not for doctors, I would either be paralyzed or dead. I owe my mobility and probably my life to wonderful physicians.</p> <p>However, I will now state with equal certitude that the American medical profession as a whole and many individual doctors are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans &#8212; very possibly, more than that.</p> <p>Along with the media &#8212; from The New York Times to Google/YouTube, Facebook and Twitter &#8212; Americans have been denied both life-saving information and life-saving drugs. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 09, 2021</p> 010c46dd9a47ed0faf58c3625ddc43f7 Trip to Vietnam Reconfirmed my Hatred of Communism for 02/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/02/21/trip-to-vietnam-reconfirmed-my-hatred-of-communism Tue, 02 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Ten years ago, I wrote a column reflecting on my reactions to visiting Vietnam. Given the lack of revulsion to, and even flirtation with, communism (or its more mildly named version, socialism) among many young Americans, it is worth revisiting.</p> <p>It was difficult to control my emotions &#8212; specifically, my anger &#8212; during my visit to Vietnam. The more I came to admire the Vietnamese people &#8212; their intelligence, love of life, dignity and hard work &#8212; the more rage I felt toward the communists who brought them (and, of course, us Americans) so much suffering in the second half of the 20th century.</p> <p>Unfortunately, communists still rule the country. Yet, Vietnam has embraced the only way that exists to escape poverty, let alone to produce prosperity: capitalism and the free market. So, then, what exactly did the 2 million Vietnamese who died in the Vietnam War die for? I would like to pose that question to some of Vietnam's communist rulers. "Comrade, you have disowned everything your Communist Party stood for: communal property, collectivized agriculture, central planning and militarism, among other things. Looking back, then, for what precisely did your beloved Ho Chi Minh and your party sacrifice millions of your fellow Vietnamese?"<p>Updated: Tue Feb 02, 2021</p> 9323c7edeb062f4af40e9d8fab0e55bc The Most Important Question About the 2020 Election for 01/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/21/the-most-important-question-about-the-2020-election Tue, 26 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Since the day after the 2020 presidential election, I have said I am agnostic with regard to whether the election was honestly or dishonestly decided.</p> <p>The primary reasons for my agnosticism are the usual ones: </p> <p>The anomalies: <p>Updated: Tue Jan 26, 2021</p> 9b1dd077126e94cfc60553d5d1767029 Why the Left Has To Suppress Free Speech for 01/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/21/why-the-left-has-to-suppress-free-speech Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Let us begin with this fact: The left always suppresses speech. Since Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917, there has been no example of the left in control and not crushing dissent. </p> <p>That is one of the important differences between liberal and left: Liberalism and liberals believe in free speech. (The present leftist threat to freedom in America, the greatest threat to freedom in American history, is made possible because liberals think they have more to fear from conservatives than from the left. Liberals do not understand that the left regards liberals as their useful idiots.)</p> <p>The left controls universities. There is little or no dissent allowed at universities. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 19, 2021</p> e0d029c6c07ab3ced30e37a3c6552a10 The 'Good American' for 01/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/21/the-good-american Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In my last column, I described how I have come to better understand the moral problem of the "'good German,' the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime."</p> <p>Watching America accept the rationally and morally indefensible physical and economic lockdown of the country, I concluded: "Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America."</p> <p>In one week, it has gotten worse. Now we are faced with a lockdown on speech the likes of which have never been seen in America. And the parallels with Germany are even more stark. The left-wing party (the Democrats) and the left-wing media (the "mainstream media") are using the mob invasion of the Capitol exactly the way the Nazis used the Reichstag fire.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 12, 2021</p> 77d6ea2b2e1490409cbf90bc760f38b0 I Now Better Understand the 'Good German' for 01/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/21/i-now-better-understand-the-good-german Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As my listeners and readers can hopefully attest, I have been on a lifelong quest to understand human nature and human behavior. I am sad to report that I have learned more in the last few years, particularly in 2020, than in any equivalent period of time.</p> <p>One of the biggest revelations concerns a question that has always plagued me: How does one explain the "good German," the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime? The same question could be asked about the average Frenchman during the Vichy era, the average Russian under Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev and their successors, and the millions of others who did nothing to help their fellow citizens under oppressive dictatorships.</p> <p>These past few years have taught me not to so quickly judge the quiet German, Russian, etc. Of course, I still judge Germans who helped the Nazis and Germans who in any way hurt Jews. But the Germans who did nothing? Not so fast.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 05, 2021</p> ea22291100336b210c0c4e4e9360edf2 The Sovietization of California for 12/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/12/20/the-sovietization-of-california Tue, 22 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I am writing this column upon returning home to California after five days in Florida. For the first time since my first trip to Los Angeles in 1974 and moving there two years later, I dreaded going to California.</p> <p>That first trip, as a 25-year-old New Yorker, I experienced the palpable excitement looking at the American Airlines flight board at JFK airport and seeing "Los Angeles." For most Americans, the very name "California" elicited excitement, wonder, even envy of Californians, and most of all ... freedom. While America always represented freedom, within America, California exemplified freedom most of all.</p> <p>Yet, here I am, sitting in a state where corruption reigns (one of the leading Democrats of the last half-century told me years ago that politicians in California are window dressing; the real power in California is wielded by unions) and where, for nine months, normal life has been shut down, schools have been closed and small businesses have been destroyed in unprecedented numbers.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 22, 2020</p> ab49cb0fa193fb7cdf4bb9d9833ec4cc When 2-Year-Olds Are Thrown Off Airplanes, You Know America Has Changed for 12/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/12/20/when-2-year-olds-are-thrown-off-airplanes-you-know-america-has-changed Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>You may have seen the video of the family thrown off a United Airlines airplane because the 2-year-old daughter would not wear a mask. Though the family wore masks and the father promised to cover his daughter's face with a mask that he placed on her face, it made no difference. Though the child was completely asymptomatic, and though it is exceedingly rare for a child to transmit COVID-19 to an adult &#8212; that is why Sweden kept its schools open all spring and summer, with its students not wearing masks &#8212; the airline had its orders, and the flight attendant duly obeyed them.</p> <p>As I watched the video, I wondered what the flight attendant thought. For example, did he think this was absurd, not to mention cruel? Did he know that 2-year-olds present virtually no health risk? Did he wonder why adults can sit without masks inches from other passengers while eating but a 2-year-old seated only next to family needed a mask?</p> <p>Or did he think he was performing a noble service in kicking a family off an airplane because their 2-year-old wouldn't wear a mask?<p>Updated: Tue Dec 15, 2020</p> 13a16f8fb9dd4a6b9f4aea498cba60ad The Torah Versus the Left for 12/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/12/20/the-torah-versus-the-left Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Question: What book is the opposite of the left?</p> <p>Answer: the Torah.</p> <p>The Torah is the Hebrew name of the first five books of the Bible, the "Five Books of Moses." The Torah is the foundation of the rest of the Bible and the rock on which both Judaism and Christianity stand. No Torah, no Judaism. No Torah, no Christianity. No Torah, no God, no divine creation, no Exodus, no Ten Commandments, no "love your neighbor as yourself," no Judeo-Christian values, no Western civilization and no America.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 08, 2020</p> 8562e844f60c0539409f50fd6647338e The Israelis Are Amazing -- and So Is the Left for 12/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/11/20/the-israelis-are-amazing-and-so-is-the-left Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I always thought no one &#8212; including Israel &#8212; could pull off something as incredible as the July 4, 1976, raid on Entebbe, Uganda. To remind readers what happened that day: A week earlier, on June 27, two Palestinian and two German terrorists hijacked an Air France Tel Aviv to Paris flight with 248 passengers on board, which they diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. At the airport, the hijackers and four additional terrorists, aided by Uganda's Idi Amin regime, held the Israeli and other Jews, and allowed the 148 non-Jewish passengers to fly on to Paris. The terrorists announced that unless 53 Palestinian prisoners &#8212; 40 in Israel and 13 elsewhere &#8212; were released, the kidnapped Jews (and the Air France crew, all of whom heroically remained with the Jewish passengers) would be killed.</p> <p>On July 4, the Israelis flew a disguised transport plane filled with Israeli commandos 2,500 miles from Israel to Entebbe. After refueling in Kenya, they landed in Entebbe, killed the terrorists and saved nearly every hostage &#8212; all in 53 minutes.</p> <p>No one had seen anything quite like the raid on Entebbe, considered at the time to have achieved the impossible ... until last week.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 01, 2020</p> dd707b4f4426881440addabc94833016 What American Schools Should Teach about Race, Racism and Slavery for 11/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/11/20/what-american-schools-should-teach-about-race-racism-and-slavery Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Regarding race and much else, America's students are not taught history. In fact, they are not taught; they are indoctrinated. With anti-Americanism.</p> <p>The purpose of all teaching about race in American schools is to engender contempt for America. They are, therefore, "taught" the lies of The New York Times' "1619 Project" &#8212; that the United States was founded to preserve and protect slavery &#8212; and of such works as Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility."</p> <p>So, then, what should American schools teach about race?<p>Updated: Tue Nov 17, 2020</p>