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EPISODE # 263

Dave Rubin — Left, Right, and Woke, based on his book Don’t Burn This Country: Surviving and Thriving in Our Woke Dystopia

Dont Burn This Country: Surviving and Thriving in Our Woke Dystopia (book cover)

According to Dave Rubin, you don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to see that something dark is happening in America. Just look around: Massive corporations monitor our every move. The Thought Police stand ready to cancel any who dare think for themselves. Brainwashed activists openly attack the American experiment. The dystopian future we’ve been warned of is here.

Dave Rubin has been on the front lines of the culture wars for years. Now, in his book entitled Don’t Burn This Country: Surviving and Thriving in Our Woke Dystopia, he offers tactics you can use to protect yourself from today’s authoritarian rule — from resisting the grip of Big Tech to staying sane in a post-truth world. What’s more, he offers a vision for the next generation of patriots who will need to face the future head-on, holding fast to their values and creating a meaningful life no matter how frenzied and fabricated the news of the day is.

Rubin says that in order for free-thinking people to thrive in this era of woke lunacy, we need to step up and create freedom for ourselves. While exposing Progressive lies and offering practical advice you can employ right now, his book is a call for Americans to live the freest life possible — and a roadmap for saving the greatest country in the history of the world.

Dave Rubin is the creator and host of The Rubin Report, the most-watched talk show about free speech and big ideas on YouTube. He is the author of Don’t Burn This Book, which was a New York Times bestseller, and the co-founder of the community building platform Locals. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband, David, and his dog, Clyde.

From the Book

When the American Enterprise Institute conducted a survey in 2019 to unpack the American Dream, it presented participants with eight distinct factors that could be considered components of the Dream. They were asked to rate the eight factors in accordance with their personal opinions. The eight factors, from highest valued components to lowest were:

  1. to have freedom of choice in how to live one’s life;
  2. to have a good family life;
  3. to retire comfortably;
  4. to own a home;
  5. to have a successful career;
  6. to have a better quality of life than your parents;
  7. to make valuable contributions to your community;
  8. to become wealthy.

Eighty-five percent of Americans said that “to have freedom of choice in how to live one’s life” was the highest valued component, followed closely by 83 percent choosing “to have a good family life.” Only 16 percent felt “to become wealthy” was essential.

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This episode was released on April 16, 2022.

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