Regressive Left

Published on Feb 6, 2017

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report used to be a big progressive. He even had a show with The Young Turks! But now he’s not a progressive. He has left the left. Why? Dave Rubin shares his story.

Some of the comments:

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor4 hours ago
Oh snap. When guys like Dave Rubin are joining up with Prager, you know the Left is losing. It’s game over.

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Joan Robinson

Joan Robinson7 minutes ago
My head hurts. Why are people using the word leftist to describe those people? The Democratic Party, first off, did that TO a leftist. The people that went along with the corrupt, out of touch candidate the Democrats chose don’t give a damn about the poor and don’t want to radically change policies that have increased inequality, de-industrialization, private debt, decades of stagnating wages, etc. The Democrats have moved to the right of where they used to be on economic issues and are corrupted by the rich and corporate money. A leftist opposes that. What Rubin is talking about has NOTHING to do with economics. I am on the left because of my views on economic issues and issues of power, and him critiquing annoying, relatively well-off PC “progressives” has nothing to do with economics. We have lowered taxes on the rich and corporations, deregulated finance, weakened unions, have multiple free trade deals, have cut, privatized or outright eliminated programs that the poor depended on (and Democrats helped to do that). The country is crumbling, all of that has been disastrous. What do the people Rubin is talking about have to say about that? Dick. I know this from personal experience. They haven’t challenged the Democrats while they have moved to the right on economic issues. I don’t quite understand what Rubin sees as “the left”, but it doesn’t describe me. I agree with some of his critiques, but try to get most of those people to discuss economic issues in depth. You’ll find that most of them haven’t put tons of thought into it or they’ll have platitudes. They are often relatively well off and don’t really focus on economic issues. I do, and that’s what makes me a leftist.


legofreak4466 minutes ago (edited)

Grumpy Stormtrooper

Grumpy Stormtrooper4 hours ago
I’m I’m a leftist and I really can’t disagree, this made me question how I identify myself politically.

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Joan Robinson

Joan Robinson27 minutes ago
Okay, so what he is saying regarding the PC crowd has merit. What exactly does that have to do with economic issues or issues of class? Does some of the PC crowd being annoying and close minded change the fact that we have moved to the right on economic issues since Reagan and that a majority of the country is clearly worse off? When you say you are a leftist, what does the word mean? Some closed minded PC people don’t change the actual impact of “conservative” or right wing economics. It seems, since the Democrats and social democratic, labor and socialist parties in the developed world have moved to the right in recent decades, and since they no longer propose economic alternatives or an alternative economic vision, that people call themselves leftist without economics being the center of their political identity. It’s odd in the extreme. Some libertarians take “progressive” stances on foreign policy, drug laws, women’s rights and all that, but they aren’t on the left because of their stances on economic issues. I often find that those people are more libertarian than leftist and I wonder if they care that much about the actual record of the economic policies we have put in place since Reagan. If they are unmoved by the fact that we have lowered taxes on the rich (income taxes, estates, dividends, capital gains) and corporations, we have deregulated finance and put in place financial de-regulation, that unions are far weaker, and the country is clearly worse off, maybe they were never on the left. I agree with a number of his critiques, but his critiques have nothing to do with economics.


zdrux20 minutes ago
I think a lot of people might have issue with admitting something like “I’m a racist right now?!” .. perhaps it’s easier to simply disagree with the left and become a moral and logical person. No even need to agree with right, just admit that censorship and intimidation is morally wrong and you can no longer be a member of such ideology.


Vjorp4 hours ago
I like this guy.

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shade019772 hours ago
One of the best interviewers on YouTube. No loaded questions. No judgements. Just good, open rapport.

Fast RN

Fast RN1 hour ago
The human shrug. I do not give a dam who he loves! Rubin is a good MAN! Your right Daves program is awesome!


shawnski0014 hours ago
At some point, I would like progressives to tell me exactly what they are “progressing” to.

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ashken7914 minutes ago
To a cliff.

Occam's Stubble

Occam’s Stubble11 minutes ago
Loading conservatives on boxcars and taking them to the camps.

Peter T

Peter T4 hours ago
When hippies like Dave Rubin realize that all of a sudden they’re not far enough left to call themselves left… That’s how you know modern liberals are extremists.

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Jay Ferguson

Jay Ferguson1 hour ago
Liberals used to be all about freedom, which is why Rubin calls himself a ‘classic liberal’; it’s what he’s still about. Nowadays, however, liberals and the whole left side of the spectrum seem to be all about liberating people from the constitution, their money, and their common sense.


PaiNExoTiC41 minutes ago
Neither side is about true freedom. Libertarianism is about freedom. Both sides have their dictatorship traits.

Chris Kopke

Chris Kopke6 hours ago
the way the left has been acting since Trump won the presidency, I don’t really know how anyone could be a liberal I mean you have antifa which is basically the new Nazi party you have the left assaulting attacking and beating Trump supporters you have them violating free speech and sending assassination threats to supporters and the president. Winston Churchill said the next fascists will say they’re anti-fascist and hopefully the new president and America will realize that and end this awful reign

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Lauri Gibbens

Lauri Gibbens16 minutes ago
cybertec69 yes I know you’re right about that cybertech unfortunately the KKK has been tied to the alt-right for years and while it maybe Democrat in origin it’s been blamed on conservatives and labeled alt-right by liberals

Lauri Gibbens

Lauri Gibbens15 minutes ago
Chris Kopke no I didn’t know that any links you can share


Constantine4 hours ago
Finally a PERFECT PragerU video. Flawless.

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D. Emery Bunn

D. Emery Bunn1 hour ago
Well, “hates the poor” is a behavior, not an identity. 😉

Jukebox Jones

Jukebox Jones47 minutes ago
The part about trigger warnings wasn’t really flawless. There’s nothing wrong with giving a heads up on upsetting content. However, moves to get upsetting content removed from syllabuses isn’t progressive at all.

Huỳnh Thiên Trung

Huỳnh Thiên Trung4 hours ago
Gold medal goes to the most offended lol

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Limerickman1 hour ago (edited)
+Steve True A Democrat gets offends when a Republican made a joke, that the Democrat mother never took her abortion pills when she had was pregnant with the Democrat, as she mixed them up with pain killers (baby is a pain and Killers), hoping to rid of her unwanted baby and then calls the baby “special” when it was born. Years later, the Child comes of age and asks “Who is my daddy?” She does not know who is the father is as she was too drunk and high at the time, so she replies “Daddy Government”.

Hang Hill

Hang Hill3 minutes ago
All the others get participation trophies !


TheD†uned4 hours ago
the left have drowned in their own hypocrisy

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ric b

ric b2 hours ago
The Democrats have drowned in their own hypocricy, not the Left.


legofreak4464 minutes ago
The Left will cannibalize itself in the next round of the Elections


greencar5004 hours ago
Glad I happened to be awake at 4 am for this

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Tomorrow We Live

Tomorrow We Live3 hours ago
greencar500 It’s 12 where I am

Peace John

Peace John3 hours ago
Tomorrow We Live its 12:54 …. we are in the same time line

Madcatthing 123

Madcatthing 1234 hours ago (edited)
Dave is awesome. If you haven’t seen his show, he is an example of a great host. He is objective and never Forces his opinion on viewers even if he disagrees. That gives the guests the opportunity to shine and explain themselves very clearly. Check out his channel!

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CalcuNi12561 hour ago
Jay Ferguson LOL

J Black

J Black4 hours ago

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rymic724 hours ago
Try using the term regressive instead of libtard.

Jay Ferguson

Jay Ferguson1 hour ago
To be fair, name calling has one the left the elections for how many years? Trump didn’t exactly win the GOP nomination by playing by the right’s rules. He ran as a leftist candidate espousing more conservative values. The left’s tactics have won just about everything over the last decade – it’s their policies that s*ck. I don’t agree with the tactics, but it wouldn’t do anyone justice to ignore what w*rks.

ln murthy

ln murthy4 hours ago
Yes today, defending liberal values has become conservative position

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Hang Hill

Hang Hill2 minutes ago
And antifa acts like the KKK. What a time to be alive !


legofreak4463 seconds ago
Liberal values were almost always on the right, like how Republicans were the ones giving minorities and women the rights to vote and civil liberties.

Antonio Inostros

Antonio Inostros6 hours ago
shar this everywhere.

Daryl Paul

Daryl Paul4 hours ago
Antonio Inostros aye

Daniel H

Daniel H2 hours ago
will do matey


DEEPAK JOSEPH4 hours ago
someone help us make some videos about left in India…we too have this problem….

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DEEPAK JOSEPH29 minutes ago
Adhiraj Gupte did u like what I wrote…it is happening right now in Columbia with FARC .. and in different stages in Indian states of Bengal,Kerala and Tripura… Tripura is lost forever..but somehow it is not messed up (may be killed all opponents forever)…it’s a scenario which shows current Russian style of communism…rest is barbaric horde communism in rest of the states. I think Indian government knows it both BJP and Congress didn’t make any deal but made them surrender…if a deal was made they would have used it as I said earlier to expand their party into tribal areas.


DEEPAK JOSEPH26 minutes ago
@c30f$p@d3z totally true

Matko Živčić

Matko Živčić4 hours ago
yep, long story short, im atheist who found himself becoming a conservative, it was a long road, but i finally feel im going in the right direction.

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Jerriel O Millier

Jerriel O Millier1 hour ago
Fast RN .. yes i guess most of us do believe in God, thankfully, but its not like the tent isnt big enough.


Psoas34 minutes ago
Same with me, but I went more to a libertarian point of view

Ronnie Hopper

Ronnie Hopper5 hours ago
liberals you have failed, the war of ideology and now you’re going to lose the culture War


mnpopeye7 hours ago
Outrage has replaced honesty.

Steve True

Steve True3 hours ago
mnpopeye says fake university

Derek Knickerbocker

Derek Knickerbocker4 hours ago (edited)
as someone who’s on the left and has been on the left all their life I find it a little hard to say I agree with just about everything in this video

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Derek Knickerbocker

Derek Knickerbocker3 hours ago
Steve True I don’t have all day, you know it’s hard to have a conversation if you’re the one doing all the talking

Amanda Ramalho

Amanda Ramalho2 hours ago
I used to vote for the left too. But not anymore.

Daryl Paul

Daryl Paul4 hours ago
0.23 you mean The Young Turds…

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Chris Willsden

Chris Willsden8 minutes ago
NecroDancer He’s an absolute joke.  The whole show is.


NecroDancer7 minutes ago
+Chris Willsden It probably wouldn’t be so bad if Cenk and that other woman weren’t there.

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