The American YouTube celebrity Dave Rubin is an interesting character. He first came to public prominence as a moderately successful comic on the stand-up circuit in New York City before moving into podcasting and radio presenting. Despite a few early setbacks he eventually made it to front-of-camera hosting with the online and decidedly left-wing Young Turks Network before striking out on his own with the self-managed Rubin Report. This step saw Rubin undergo what can only be described as a dramatic change of political loyalties, from progressive to libertarian-right, making him one of the young tech-savvy faces of the neo-conservative movement in the United States. Despite this transformation, the LA-based polemicist has continued to proclaim his “classical liberal” credentials: largely based on his past history, a deliberate confusion of terminologies and the rather facile defence conferred by his status as a married gay man.
The Double Take, a left-leaning YouTube channel, has taken a closer look at Dave Rubin’s much-vaunted progressive instincts and has found them sorely wanting. It’s a good warning that we should not be misled by people’s personal lives or our own partisan assumptions when it comes to recognising political allegiances.