Many readers will be aware of Dave Rubin, the newest self-made YouTube celebrity on the libertarian right in the United States of America. Broadcasting from his home, literally a studio in his garage, he publishes almost weekly interviews on the Google platform with largely conservative – and usually controversial – figures from the US and the United Kingdom. These include hard-right advocates like Ben Shapiro and publicity-seeking trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos, giving the videos something of a gonzo feel at times (as in this bizarre on-air shouting match between right-wing converts Candace Owen and Blaire White).
However many people will be unaware of Dave Rubin’s brief tenure with The Young Turks, the liberal YouTube-based media company, founded by Cenk Uygur. The former standup comedian appeared on several TYT shows before leaving under something of a cloud, the exact circumstances of which continue to be contested by both sides. Now, after many years of silence, and with Rubin’s star rising, former colleague Ana Kasparian has ripped into her internet rival, in a very bitter and very personal diatribe. Though, in fairness, her criticisms of the New Yorker’s poor political knowledge and frequent flirtations with the alt-right are well-founded, even if his motivations are possibly not as mercenary as she claims.
You spelled libertarian left wrong.
Ana Kasparian is hardly the bastion of political genius. the Young Turks are so far left they need a telescope to see Lenin, they are certainly not liberal! Oh, and Dave Rubin is not libertarian right, he is a classical liberal. He doesn’t really flirt with the alt-right either, however we all know that the modern left is so far left that anyone to the right of Lenin is practically deemed a Nazi.. Dave Rubin’s interviews are insightful, entertaining and his guests are for the most part extremely knowledgeable. Unlike the shriek-fest back-slapping ill-informed ramblings of the Young Turks.
I’ll accept that TYT appears be far-left to an American audience, though not particularly so by mainstream European standards.
Rubin is certainly libertarian-right. His economic views are very much so. Classical liberal, not so much. Not when he hobnobs with the new-right and alt-right crowd. If you lie down with dogs don’t be surprised when people accuse you of having fleas. Look at Jordan Peterson. Whatever his initial motivations, by seeking succour among the neo-right when he was subject to heavy criticism or disagreements he partly took on their world-view. He influenced them but they very much influenced him. Rubin is the same.
I will agree that TYT can be a bit OTT at times. And yeah, there is more than the an element of a sealed echo chamber to it. It could do with a wider spread of ideas and opinions, from centre-left to genuinely far-left.