If you haven’t come across the conservative PragerU website, I highly recommend that you do so. It was started in 2009 by American conservative radio host Dennis Prager, who was concerned about Leftist ideology becoming dominant on college campuses and in wider American society. PragerU produces a range of short – no more than five minutes – videos countering Leftist narratives which are widespread both in the USA and the wider western world. It has become an online focal point for a range of conservative and classical liberal thinkers kicking back against Leftist dogma.
As a former Leftist, some of my favourite PragerU videos are from thinkers who have undergone a similar transformation. I highly recommend Antonia Okafor’s video on how becoming a black conservative has led to accusations of racism and misogyny from her former comrades who clearly have no tolerance for diversity of thought. Classical liberal Dave Rubin’s excellent video on how he abandoned progressivism when he realised it was an illiberal authoritarian ideology which seeks to deny freedom of conscience to socially conservative Christians is even more effective because he is an openly gay man arguing for people to have the right to disagree with him. There is also a wide range of videos on various topics, from the gender pay gap myth by the delightful Christina Hoff Sommers through to David Brog’s excellent analysis of why the Palestinians don’t have their own state, and much, much more. You won’t hear these kinds of arguments being expressed too often on the BBC or in the pages of the Guardian.
All of which got me thinking that here in Britain we could do with a PragerU-style website as our own online focal point to promote conservative thought and counter the dominance of Leftist and post-modernist identity politics rampant in the mainstream media. Wouldn’t it be great to have a site where we could see and hear videos from the Conservative Woman’s Laura Perrins dismantling the hysterical claims of modern feminism? Or the hilarious acerbic lashings of the Spectator’s Rod Liddle against whatever politically correct mantra has recently irked him, or the many former Leftists like myself who have seen that the path of progressivism leads to the ruination of much that we should seek to conserve. Now, that is a project I would love to see get off the ground.
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