Dave Rubin used to be a host on The Young Turks, a liberal online news show, but has now become a “classical liberal”. This term has been coined by Rubin in order to be able to espouse talking points of conservatives and libertarians, while also being called a liberal. However, the truth is that the term “classical liberal” refers to someone who is essentially a libertarian. Dave Rubin often states that he is only invited by libertarians and conservatives to speak at colleges, expressing his belief that this is because they are the only ones who are tolerant of other people’s ideas. The truth is that the reason he is invited by conservatives and libertarians is that he shares their ideology. But how could Dave Rubin go from being a self-described “liberal” to being a self-described “basically libertarian” in just a span of two years?
Well, to set the groundwork, here is a video in which Dave Rubin states that he loves Bernie Sanders, and that he essentially supports everything that he believes in, and even dubs Bernie Sanders a “socialist”. “If you guys know anything about me at this point you know that I do like Bernie, he’s the guy that I pretty much everything he says I pretty much agree with…” Rubin stated.
Fast forward to 2018:
And people who want personal liberty, individual freedom and small government will fight you every step of the way. The game is afoot! https://t.co/dsflTrdULx
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 1, 2018
How can Dave Rubin go from supporting someone he himself dubbed a “socialist” to now completely opposing him “every step of the way”, and making a video titled “Socialism Isn’t Cool”?
Well, on September 21, 2016, Rubin and Learn Liberty announced a partnership together. What is Learn Liberty? It is essentially a libertarian think tank that releases videos that espouse Libertarian ideas. Learn Liberty was launched by the Institute For Humane Studies, which is a “non-profit organization that engages with students and professors throughout the United States”. The focus of The Institute Of Humane Studies is Libertarianism. Who sits on the board of directors for the Institute for Humane Studies? Charles G. Koch, whose net worth is over 60 billion dollars. The chief financial officer of The Institute For Humane Studies stated that Charles G. Koch is “a longtime and generous supporter of ours, but we’re not involved as a political organization.” Charles Koch has donated 12.4 million dollars to the IHS between 2008 and 2012.
What does this mean? Effectively, Dave Rubin gained a source of income from Learn Liberty, a Libertarian think tank which receives funding from the Koch Brothers. Is it hard to figure out why Dave Rubin had such a change of mind? I don’t think so.