Perhaps because of his stones, Dave Rubin has a million YouTube followers

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Yesterday, Dave's YouTube channel hit the one million mark. One million subscribers. There are dozens of countries that don't have that many citizens. (Rubin laps Iceland three times, if we're going by that metric.) This is encouraging for many reasons, perhaps most of all, because it proves the mainstream media has collapsed, or that it's on its last leg. The David and Goliath fight is nearly over. And Dave has been instrumental in giving a voice to the millions of people who feel lost, voiceless, cornered.

The Rubin Report has become a cultural refuge for some of the most insightful thinkers of our time, who all too often find themselves embattled and alone for the mere act of standing by their convictions, and Dave's growing audience is proof that people are desperate for change.

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It's infectious. Everyone around Dave can feel it.

David Janet, Executive Producer of the Rubin Report and Dave's husband, said via e-mail, “I'm thrilled to be part of a show that has helped shift the conversation and that has brought civil discourse to people all over the world."

It hasn't been easy. Not one bit. YouTube has habitually demonetized episodes of the Rubin Report. It's a running joke: Any time he has a guest who's a smidgeon to the right of Bernie Sanders, YouTube flags the episode. Meanwhile, there are no repercussions for hateful, far-left ideologues like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan, or violent extremist groups like AntiFa.

So it came as no surprise yesterday when Dave's subscriber count dropped by 100 in an instant. It turns out that YouTube has been systematically shredding his legitimate subscribers and labeling them bots — which makes Dave's one million subscriber count all the more impressive.

Dave's growing audience is proof that people are desperate for change.

For independent, provocative thinkers like Dave, it is a constant battle. Dave's Twitter bio says it all: “Twitter is not real life." I'm sure he would agree with me when I take his statement a step further and add that social media is not real life. Nor is the mainstream news media, for that matter.

A recent Pew Research poll found there is a disproportionate number of progressive activists on social media:

“Liberal Democrats are especially likely to use social media to mobilize others or find like-minded groups."

Even CNN has acknowledged it. As Harry Enten put it, "Want to understand the 2020 Democratic primary? Stay off Twitter."

The percentage of progressives in the overall population — in the real world — is much lower. But progressives on the whole tend to be radical in their approach and extremely vocal, giving the appearance that America is on the cusp of a socialist revolution because that's what most Americans want.

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It's not, and they don't.

Last October, the Atlantic ran a great article charting the percentage of Americans who dislike political correctness. The poll found that, contrary to what the messages we receive through social media and mainstream news, most Americans cannot stand political correctness. Overwhelmingly. Except for one group of people. Care to guess which one?

“Progressive activists are the only group that strongly backs political correctness: Only 30 percent see it as a problem."

Also interesting, the study found that progressive activists — despite their obsession with socialism and their hatred of the patriarchy and their disdain for rich, white, men — are overwhelmingly rich, white, over-educated men.

Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated — and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are.

For a group that uses Twitter to lambast the lack of diversity in, well, everything, it's surprising that, “With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country."

The reason Twitter has so much power, and such a leftist bias, is that journalists have become masterful at using it as a feedback loop. It provides journalists with a “source," a representation of public opinion. And Twitter users, who are overwhelmingly and disproportionately progressive activists, can enjoy a sense of power they've clearly always dreamed of. A single complaint from a random person on Twitter can easily become an international news story about some new social epidemic.

Free-thinkers have banded together in defiance of this broken and poisonous system.

Luckily, free-thinkers have banded together in defiance of this broken and poisonous system. It's something we here at Blaze Media are reminded of every day: The first thing you see when you walk into Mercury Studios, home of BlazeTV, is a mural of David and Goliath. It's a battle scene, two stories tall. The Goliath figure is made up from inflammatory words right out of the New York Times, and he's poised to stomp down on David, who has TheBlaze's red logo for a head. David has his slingshot aimed up at the giant.

Next to the mural scrawl the words “David slew Goliath with five smooth stones."

Photo courtesy of Blaze Media

Blaze Media is not alone in its effort to challenge mainstream media. A crop of dissenters has formed into an unlikely group. And Dave Rubin is right there at the front, ready for whatever comes next.

“We've proven that people don't want their intelligence insulted and that there is room for long-form, nuanced conversation," Rubin wrote via e-mail. “I think that's the only way back from the brink of the intellectual collapse we seem to be heading for and I'll keep fighting to get good ideas out into the public space."

This David has stones.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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