Prager U recently published a video titled “Why I Left the Left”, featuring the Rubin Report‘s eponymous Dave Rubin on his political evolution.
Those who are familiar with Rubin know he used to be a progressive, and that he once worked with The Young Turks.
According to him, his “awakening” began when he watched the infamous “gross and racist” exchange between Sam Harris and Bill Maher, who were trying to explain that it’s okay to criticize views or beliefs that are antithetical to western civilization and liberal democracy, and Ben Affleck who called them racists for it.
The rest is history, as they say.
My journey away from the political left, while distinct in its own way, began for similar, if not the exact same reasons.
I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and Jill Stein in 2012 — if you would have told me just three years ago that I would have voted for a Republican in 2016, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.
Nonetheless I am one of the Bernie Sanders primary voters who switched to Donald Trump in the general for a plethora of reasons.
The past two-and-a-half years or so — the months since Trump’s election victory and inauguration especially — have been difficult to articulate for me, if only for the glut and shock of everything that’s happened.
Someday I’ll find the voice, so to speak, to articulate that, but for now, here’s Rubin’s video for Prager U on his political journey away from being a progressive: