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35 Reasons Why Walter Hudson Is The Gen-X Dennis Prager

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Editor’s Note: I’ve written about what a big influence Dennis Prager has been on me and PJ Lifestyle. I have his show on the radio most mornings while editing and his approach emphasizing the importance of talking about issues well beyond politics including pop culture, religion, male-female relationships, and the big questions of life has influenced the scope of subjects covered at PJ Lifestyle, infusing a diverse range of perspectives. The Prager blend of high-minded, challenging subject matter is only half of the formula. His warm, inviting personality and straight forward presentation make important issues accessible. His show, books, and nonprofit Prager University each model important aspects of what activists and cultural creators should be doing to try and restore this country. Especially important: reach out beyond the conservative choir to people who don’t agree with you. Reframe and recreate arguments in new ways and get beyond just politics — the issues lie much deeper than ideology.

Walter Hudson is a gifted writer-activist I’ve gotten to know the past few years whose work reinvents this inspirational approach for the new media era. In both writing and in his podcast Walter uses culture and creativity to transcend the typical Left vs Right boilerplate arguments. He’s fun to read and listen to and offers fresh arguments with wit and warmth.

Check out Walter Hudson’s podcast Monday-Friday here at PJ Lifestyle and stop by on weekends to get caught up on any you may have missed. Each Saturday we’ll expand this compilation updating it with the newest episodes. In this week’s installment I’ve decided to expand it to include links to some of his articles too, both recent commentaries and his first greatest hits collection published last weekend.

What would you like to hear Walter discuss in future podcasts? Do you have any challenges to his ideas? Please leave you suggestions in the comments. -Dave Swindle

5 Compelling Cultural Commentaries From the Past Few Weeks:

1. Star Wars Casting: Is Disney Pulling a Jedi Mind Trick?

2. Lucasfilm to Partially Reboot Star Wars

3. Captains for Clinton: William Shatner’s 2016 Endorsement

4. Feminist Says Actress Kirsten Dunst Too ‘Dumb’ to Have an Opinion on Gender

5. Seven Ways Noah Turns the Bible Upside Down

 

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20 Podcasts on Culture, Religion, Values, and Tea Party Activism

1. ‘Shelter In Place’ or Lay Down and Die?

2. Christianity’s Contribution to Progressive Politics

3. Who Owns Compassion in Politics?

4. Is Jeb Bush Right on Immigration?

5. Don’t Fear the Future (Interview with Bonnie Ramthun)

6. Making Racism Impotent

7. The Danger of Utopia

8. What Is ‘The Right’ Anyway? (Part 1 of a dialogue with Dave Swindle)

9. Anarchists Among Us (Part 2 with Dave Swindle)

10. Battling for the Conservative Soul (Part 3 concluding with Dave Swindle)

11. We’re All Minorities Now

12. Daring to Be Different

13. Sotomayor’s Confused Dissent in Affirmative Action Case

14. One Issue to Rule Them All (Interview with Minnesota State House candidate Matthew Kowalski)

15. What If Your Neighbor Acted Like Government?

16. The Establishment Strikes Back

17. Peasants Fined for Hunting the King’s Deer

18. Then They Came for the Porn Stars

19. Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College?

20. Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College? Part II

 

10 of Walter Hudson’s Greatest Hits:

1. March 2, 2012:

American Immaturity: How We Grow Up After We Grow Old

2. May 9, 2013:

Walter Hudson’s Guide For Making Peace Between Christians and Objectivists

3. April 18, 2013:

The Anti-Gospel of Bioshock Infinite 

4. July 17, 2012:

Eight Ways Blacks Perpetuate Racism and the Only Way to Thwart It

5. July 6, 2013:

The Red Placebo: Confessions of a Former Conspiracy Dabbler

6. July 13, 2013:

Folly of the Jedi

7. January 29, 2013:

Five Ideas You Need to Rise From Poverty to the Middle Class

8. January 31, 2012

Hunkered Between Santorum and Paul Lies Peace Through Total War

9. September 2, 2013:

Six Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

10. March 7, 2013:

Five Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

1. ‘Shelter In Place’ or Lay Down and Die?

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Another Fort Hood shooting where trained military personnel were unarmed and ordered to hide like children. What’s wrong with this picture?

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(10:27 minutes long; 10 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive.)

2. Christianity’s Contribution to Progressive Politics

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Welcoming new listeners from PJ Media, we consider the effect of Christian-themed altruism on political discourse. Does acting for others require sacrificing your values?

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(14:29 minutes long; 13.9 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

3. Who Owns Compassion in Politics?

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Today’s Fightin Words podcast: The Left lays claim to compassion in the political discourse. What happens when we test that claim against their policy prescriptions?

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(9:02 minutes long; 8.67 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

4. Is Jeb Bush Right on Immigration?

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: The former Florida governor and would-be successor to the Bush presidential dynasty made an odd play over the weekend, calling illegal immigration “an act of love.” Does he know something most Republicans don’t?

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(17:05 minutes long; 16.4 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

5. Don’t Fear the Future (Interview with Bonnie Ramthun)

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: PJ Media’s Bonnie Ramthun joins the program to discuss her recent piece “The Rise of the Robot Employee.” As the Left moves to raise the minimum wage, robots become less expensive than human workers. [audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P835d99b9607de952637935be9abe695cZVl/RnxuY2JyWw.mp3] (12:53 minutes long; 12.37 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

6. Making Racism Impotent

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel, appearing with Candy Crowley on CNN, says significant elements of the Republican base “are animated by racism.” Rather than argue which party proves more racist, let’s consider which policies lend racism its power.

A just society punishes actions which violate individual rights, like Sunday’s ghastly shootings at Jewish community centers in Kansas City. An unjust society allows, endorses, or even perpetrates violations of rights, as Nazi Germany did. Rather than a world without racism, a utopian ideal futilely sought after through the police of thought, we should seek public policy which condemns any action which violates rights, regardless of its motivation.

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(10:02 minutes long; 9.64 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

7. The Danger of Utopia

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Sunday’s murderous shootings in Kansas City have been labelled hate crimes. What makes an offense a hate crime? Should government seek to end racism by prosecuting it?

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(16:04 minutes long; 15.42 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

8. What Is ‘The Right’ Anyway? (Part 1 of a dialogue with Dave Swindle)

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Lots of different views here. So what makes them all “right-wing?”

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: A discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the use of “the Right” as a political identifier. Who are we talking about? Who is and is not part of “the Right?”

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(14:15 minutes long; 13.68 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

9. Anarchists Among Us (Part 2 with Dave Swindle)

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: What Is “The Right” Anyway?: Part II, continuing a discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the importance of accurately navigating ideological territory, we consider whether anarchy is “right-wing?”

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(14:37 minutes long; 14.03 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

10. Battling for the Conservative Soul (Part 3 concluding with Dave Swindle)

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: What Is “The Right” Anyway?: Part III, concluding a discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the distinctions within the right-wing coalition. Can we sort out our differences? If so, how?

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(10:32 minutes long; 10.11 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

11. We’re All Minorities Now

Anyone can find themselves alone against the world.

Anyone can find themselves alone against the world.

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Presenting to a Tea Party group in Minnesota, Minority Liberty Alliance president Walter Hudson explains why every human being can rightfully claim minority status.

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(19:42 minutes long; 18.98 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

12. Daring to Be Different

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn engaged host Larry King on a recent episode of Politicking, answering questions regarding Obamacare and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Her answers were strong, but missed an opportunity to dispute false premises. Republicans must dare to be truly different.

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(15:43 minutes long; 15.16 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

13. Sotomayor’s Confused Dissent in Affirmative Action Case

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: The Supreme Court recently upheld a Michigan law banning the practice of affirmative action in public universities. The dissenting opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor reveals a twisted worldview which seeks “equal protection” through racial discrimination.

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(15:17 minutes long; 14.73 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

14. One Issue to Rule Them All (Interview with Minnesota State House candidate Matthew Kowalski)

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Dropping some wisdom.

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: An interview with Minnesota State House candidate Matthew Kowalski on his unique approach to policy. Instead of an “issues page,” his campaign website highlights “THE issue.” Which overarching concern eclipses all others?

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(10:48 minutes long; 10.44 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

15. What If Your Neighbor Acted Like Government?

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Only difference between this guy and government – an election certificate.

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: By what magic do actions which would incriminate an individual or private group suddenly become legitimate when performed by government? Taxation. Eminent domain. Mandates. Regulations. What makes any of it okay?

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(11:03 minutes long; 10.68 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

16. The Establishment Strikes Back

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Republicans described as relatively “mainstream and conservative” have ousted liberty activists from state party leadership in Iowa. Has the rebellion been fully routed?

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(10:40 minutes long; 10.3 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

17. Peasants Fined for Hunting the King’s Deer

On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Police operating undercover in Madison and Pittsburg fought back against the societal scourge of rides across town. Targeting drivers of the Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services, they issued citations during the “sting.” Should individuals need permission from the state to offer their services in trade?

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(7:43 minutes long; 7.47 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

18. Then They Came for the Porn Stars

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: They haven’t broken any laws. Yet their bank accounts are being closed arbitrarily. Have porn stars become the latest cultural pariahs to be targeted by the Department of Justice for unequal treatment under the law?

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(8:53 minutes long; 8.6 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

19. Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College?

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Constitutional scholar Dave Benner joins the show to discuss a compact making its way through state legislatures which would effectively nullify the Electoral College.

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(12:57 minutes long; 12.43 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)

20. Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College? Part II

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On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Continuing discussion with constitutional scholar Dave Benner on the temptations and hazards of the National Popular Vote state compact.

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(11:12 minutes long; 10.81 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)