I was going to refer you in this post to a 52-minute conversation that Dave Rubin had with Roseanne Barr, but it was so painful to listen to (Barr was all over the place and at times sounded almost insane) that I can’t recommend it at all. Listen at your own peril.
However, Rubin by himself is fine. If you’ve been baffled by the new term “alt-right,” as I have, here’s Rubin discussing it in an 8-minute video.
Short take: The alt-right is a diverse group of powerless “keyboard warriors and professional trolls vying for attention for people in power.” The key is the use of the Internet to amplify one’s views. Rubin claims that it’s generally associated with fascists, anti-Semites, racists, neo-Nazis, or extreme conservatives, which he despises, but of course he’s a free-speech advocate and doesn’t feel they should be censored. And he thinks the group, such as it is, is a mixture of serious wackos and those who simply want to get attention.
Rubin adds that he sees the Regressive Left as far more of a societal danger than the alt-right, and the former, he claims, gave rise to the latter. I’m not sure to what extent Trumpism and alt-rightism is truly a reaction to Regressive Leftism, for I think most of the chowderheads who support Trump don’t follow the shenanigans of regressive leftists. How many Trump supporters or neo-Nazis, for instance, even know about Brandeis’s withdrawal of an honorary degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or about the Great Halloween Costume Fracas at Yale?
At any rate, Rubin names only one alt-rightist, and that’s Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and apparently a fan of Trump. He’s had a conversation with Adams, which you can hear here (I haven’t yet listened).
I’m scheduled to do a show with Rubin in January, and I’m excited.