Don't Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"Topical, engaging, personable, and above all, reassuring." (Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life)
From host of The Rubin Report, the most-watched talk show about free speech and big ideas on YouTube right now, a road map for free thinking in an increasingly censored world.
The left is no longer liberal.
Once on the side of free speech and tolerance, progressives now ban speakers from college campuses, “cancel” people who aren’t up to date on the latest genders, and force religious people to violate their conscience. They have abandoned the battle of ideas and have begun fighting a battle of feelings. This uncomfortable truth has turned moderates and true liberals into the politically homeless class.
Dave Rubin launched his political talk show The Rubin Report in 2015 as a meeting ground for free thinkers who realize that partisan politics is a dead end. He hosts people he both agrees and disagrees with - including those who have been dismissed, deplatformed, and despised - taking on the most controversial issues of our day. As a result, he’s become a voice of reason in a time of madness.
Now, Rubin gives you the tools you need to think for yourself in an age when tribal outrage is the only available alternative. Based on his own story as well as his experiences from the front lines of the free speech wars, this book will empower you to make up your own mind about what you believe on any issue and teach you the fine art of:
- Checking your facts, not your privilege, when it comes to today’s most pervasive myths, from the wage gap and gun violence to climate change and hate crimes
- Standing up to the mob against today’s absurd PC culture, when differences of opinion can bring relationships, professional or personal, to a sudden end
- Defending classical liberal principles, because freedom is impossible without them
The Progressive Woke Machine is waging war against the last free thinkers in the world. Don’t Burn This Book is the definitive account of our current political upheaval and your guide to surviving it.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 46 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 28, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #26,941 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#32 in Political Freedom (Books)
#57 in Conservatism & Liberalism
#137 in Political Freedom & Security
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2020
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I still vividly remember the filmed interview where Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks interviewed Sam Harris for three hours in the most vile and dishonest fashion. It was basically a constellation of strawman attacks on Sam's position about a variety of topics, namely Islam. This is a textbook tactic of the left, undermine the credibility of your opponent by any means necessary, and encourage the baying cancel crowd to do the rest of the dirty work for you.
This interview clearly was tough on Sam (not because he's not tough-minded or correct) but because of the exhausting exercise of dealing with a constant stream of dishonest strawmanning. This was the Cathy Newman interview before the Cathy Newman meme became so popular after her colossally dishonest fiasco with her interview of Jordan Peterson.
Feminists in my own life canceled me for numerous reasons (or attempted to), and one of the arguments was over the crime of rape. As in, rape is a heinous crime that has best-practices for prevention and resistance, just like preventing or resisting the crime of murder (where men number upon its primary victims). The audacity, that one would talk about preventing rape as if the solution is not to simply 'tell men to rape less'. We have laws against such things, and these simple schoolmarm admonitions, surprise, don't work on rapists. This got me 'canceled' by more people than I can count, including one person who I had the displeasure of seeing introduce Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins for one of their gatherings.
By this time, I'd had a major dose of the Red Pill, and I was seeking out some kind of comfort. Was I crazy? Could I truly be 'literally Hitler' because I dared think outside the feminist orthodoxy or Leftist lockstep?
Enter Dave Rubin. This man's podcast and his backstory got my attention. When I saw that his very first guest was Sam Harris (of whom I'm a big fan), I was very hopeful. I've listened to every single Dave Rubin podcast, and the man is a clear-thinking, funny, tolerant interviewer with a curious and insightful mind. He listens. He doesn't force his narrative on his guests, and although I don't always agree with his guests, I'm of the same mind. I believe in a free-exchange of ideas, and testing them against opposing views is a healthy endeavor. Sadly, it's something the left simply doesn't understand in its current incarnation.
Dave's book is basically everything I've heard in his podcast and more, codified (that word is for you, Ben Affleck), in one convenient location, but with a lot more welcome personal context. I tore through this book quickly, and Dave and I agree on nearly everything except his more favorable view about religion and thoughts about parenthood, though I understand this perspective. I'm child-free by choice and a die-hard atheist who makes no concession to religious fiction, but I'm the outlier here.
I must also say that although I disagree with Jordan Peterson on almost everything he says about religion, I have a deep and abiding respect for the man and his battle to preserve his right to free-speech, or more aptly-stated—his right to avoid government-compelled speech. I am, much like Dave, a free-speech absolutist. If you're a fan of Harris and Peterson, you're gonna love everything Dave has to say, and the fact that Dave went on tour with JBP is a thing of beauty.
I know I'm giving a lot of backstory here from my own life experience, but this book addresses so much of what I've found to be wrong with the political divide as discovered in my own interactions with people. The cancel culture of the Left is basically cancer culture, and the brave few who speak out must be supported without caveat. You will be shamed. You will be called a Nazi (something Dave addresses in the book), and you may even be doxxed or 'canceled', but they can't cancel all of us. They can't cancel a thought revolution, right?
If you've heard anyone from the IDW (Intellectual Dark Web) and agreed with them or simply find them refreshingly honest, and are tired of people being deplatformed, canceled, demonetized, and driven underground for 'wrongthink'—if you've heard about the plight of Bret Weinstein and Heather Haying at Evergreen, or the unjust firing of James Damore from Google, or the aggressive curtailing of free-speech of one Lindsay Shepherd at Wilifrid Laurier In Canada, or have seen the Southern Poverty Law Center demonize Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or have watched the Left assassinate the character of reasonable, deep-thinking centrists over and over (such as Sam Harris and Dave Rubin), well you're in for a treat. Dave's book address all of this and more. For those who think they're alone in this battle to think honestly about any issue, you're not alone.
Finally, Dave underscores the necessity for courage in his book and I cannot agree more. If we can all muster some courage en masse and resist the totalitarian lockstep coming from the Left, we stand a chance to preserve our hard-earned liberties, namely, the right to think freely and live our conscience without fear of being fired, doxxed, canceled, demonetized, losing our bank accounts or credit cards, etc., If we lose the right to live our conscience and speak our minds, what is left to preserve?
Don't burn this book. Buy it and read it. Thank Dave later. :)
I knew this book had something for me when I came across the early line "Or do you dither over what's diplomatic for your Facebook feed?" when Rubin suggests many of us are wondering if we just don't belong in our camps or our groups the way others think we do. I was someone that was very diplomatic on Facebook - from probably 2007 to 2017 I was only about avoiding controversy and not speaking my mind. Part of that was because I wasn't a confident commentator on politics and societal topics but since Obama's second term I've slowly woken up to these topics and have spent considerable time investing in learning more about what's real and what's fake in American politics.
As I said earlier, I still have plenty to read but the early chapters are good. This book could hold significant impact to someone that considers themself a left-of-center person or even a firm-left person but holds a true curiosity for truthfulness and self-seeking that would allow them to find some of the plot holes in their ideology and perhaps that's what might shake some of the toxic beliefs or behaviors and allow those in that camp to maybe become very agreeable people and not lie to themselves about what they believe or support people they really don't want to support. But don't mistake this as a right-wing endorsement novel - it's not. It doesn't praise Donald Trump or praise the GOP establishment. It's a critique on the liberal/leftist ideologies and flawed math done by many of the established lefties and the many of the progressive folks that aren't interested in refining America but are interested in wholesale changes that violate the foundations upon what made this national great and can still make it great. It's a reflection moment which I think a significant portion of this nation needs. Rubin is far from a firm-right thinker given his background, but I find him extremely agreeable and someone that I think holds slightly different values but can be reasoned with incredibly well and still remain friendly despite some philisophical/moral differences.
Give it a shot. Read some of these reviews that are verified. Don't give the time of day to the trolls who are trying to dump the ratings here.
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I’ve been a fan of the Rubin Report since the early days. Dave Rubin is charming, witty and reasonable. He’s also a ‘free thinker’. The book charts Dave Rubin’s journey to becoming a successful chat show host in his own right. He interviews a diverse set of political and other opinions, and his YouTube videos command a considerable audience.
Rubin describes his life as involving two difficult and painful decisions. He first came out as a Gay man, and he reveals how he kept himself in the ‘closet’ for twenty-five years out of fear. Mercifully, he was relieved and felt supported as a gay man. He then describes his second coming out, from being a ‘former lifelong lefty’, and how he now identifies himself as a ‘classical liberal’. The reception he has received has been so different this time around. His colleagues and friends, including those on The Young Turks where he previously worked, have been enraged. The book includes an excerpt that graphically captures what he was subjected to. Those who professed to be tolerant and liberal, have shown themselves to be intolerant of different political opinions and illiberal. They have come after him in a way that he was never persecuted for when he came out as gay. So much so, that he became ill with clumps of his hair falling out. He became so depressed that he considered giving up on the Rubin Report. Thankfully, he didn’t.
In this book, Rubin gives the reader a ten-step programme for becoming a free thinker. Rubin has friends from the ‘intellectual dark web’ such as Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Eric and Bret Weinstein…all who have been smeared with the label ‘alt right’. What fascinates me as a psychotherapist, is the level of projection (what I see in thee, is really present in me) emanating from some activists on the political left. More accurately, it is Projective Identification, a special form of projection, because it involves much more emotional force than does ordinary projection. It is a technique used in cults, such as shouting, shunning and intimidating members into submission.
This then, is the essence of the book. That in order to become a free thinker, you have to leave the ‘groupthink’ and stand up to the vile rhetoric that will be put your way. Look around at what reaction this book has provoked, and the title speaks for itself. Why trash this book? Why call for it to be burned, when all Rubin is saying is stop hating and start listening to one another?
I thoroughly recommend this book but with a warning. It will not be a journey without pain and dangers. Freedom of thought threatens anyone who believes in an orthodoxy of political opinion. Yet, it is the only thing standing in the way of authoritarianism and totalitarianism.
So here's my review.
I found this book very encouraging. I bought both the Kindle book and the audiobook and like Dave Rubin's reading his book.
"It's time to come out"
"Think free or die"
"Don't worry you're not a Nazi"
"Never surrender to the mob" and
"Stop hating (straight) white men,America and Western values"
all really resonate with me. It's unlikely to persuade anyone who doesn't already think there's something wrong with the "progressive" attitude common in the MSM and some actors etc, and especially the 1 stars reviewers. Dave says it was originally entitled "Why I left the left" but this book is how to leave the left and where to go from here. This book does this well. I do have one little niggle. There's a chapter called "Find a mentor" which doesn't actually talk about mentors. The word isn't even in the chapter apart from the title. It mostly seems to be about how Jordan Peterson influenced and encouraged Dave Rubin. There are some useful tips from Dave in the chapter such as
"Stop being an "Expert" on Everything"
"Admit we need religious stories"
"Embrace parenthood" (Not very helpful if you're an older man but I'm sure it would help younger men/women)
"You too can change the world"
Overall, the book is encouraging and makes it clear that you need to be true to yourself and if you, as I do, find the lies and distortions and rabid attacks from the woke left abhorrent you like find this book helpful and encouraging and will perhaps allow you to express your views more.