David Rubin’s treatise-cum-memoir is proof he has stared a bit too long into the abyss

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Dave Rubin likes to talk about ideas on his YouTube show, The Rubin Report. Best known as a leftist who left the left, he has now written a book that details his intellectual and personal evolution: Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason. Hopeful readers will be disappointed. Despite the book promising to “give you the tools you need to think for yourself,” the field of ideas is barren and the arguments sparse.

First, the good. Rubin’s telling of how he came out as gay at the start is moving and demonstrates the difficulty many…

Henry George

Henry is a freelance writer and researcher living in the UK, and has an MA in War Studies from King’s College London

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