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Leonard Fournette landing spots: Patriots, Buccaneers lead the top five – CBS Sports

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The marriage was rocky between Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they're now divorced. The team waived its former fourth-overall pick on Monday, ending a irreparable relationship that also saw the Jaguars decline his fifth-year option months ago, which hinted at things to come. In an attempt to move on before now, they put out trade feelers, but head coach Doug Marrone says the club couldn't get a single draft pick -- late and/or conditional -- for Fournette, leaving them no other choice in his eyes.

Of course, Marrone making that public didn't do any favors for Fournette's brand on the way out, but it's apropos for such a toxic relationship. And with that, Fournette goes from being one of the most heralded draft prospects in recent memory just three years ago, to a bit of a pariah. The stench of the latter could [also] be easily attributed to a floundering Jaguars club the has been forced to jettison a laundry list of top talent over the past few seasons, considering the NFLPA grievance against now-fired Tom Coughlin and all matter of violation that stemmed from his actions that led to it, along with the fact the Jaguars simply haven't been a winning team since reaching the AFC Championship Game in Fournette's first year.

They're 11-21 since that trip, and the turnover has been massive. And one day after trading defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings -- after he refused to ever again play in Jacksonville and subsequently took a $5 million pay cut to leave -- it's now Fournette heading out of the door.

But where to? Here are five teams who should seriously consider tossing him a jersey for 2020.

Pete Prisco and host Will Brinson break down the Jags cutting Fournette on the Pick Six Podcast; listen below and be sure to subscribe for daily NFL goodness.

Think about this for a moment, and it'll make sense to you.

Yes, the Patriots already have a starting running back in Sony Michel, a former first-round pick himself, but they haven't truly been able to depend on him since grabbing him with the 31st-overall pick in 2018. Michel has consistently battled injury over the course of his first two seasons in the NFL, and it's already cost him several games. It's also dampened his production when on the field a bit, because while his 1,987 career yards from scrimmage mark (with 13 touchdowns) is nothing to shake a stick at, he's yet to reach his full potential. The Patriots are also now seeing him duke it out with former third-round pick Damien Harris in camp, after Michel began camp on the team's PUP list following offseason foot surgery.

Enter Fournette, a proven NFL talent who also drew the ire of the Jaguars organization for rebuking Gardner Minshew this offseason and telling the team to sign Cam Newton instead. That's the same Cam Newton who will likely start for the Patriots when the regular season opens, by the way, if you smell what The Rock is cooking. The only question here is character, but Bill Belichick isn't afraid to roll those dice, and even less so when the player has 3,640 career yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns in three seasons.

A fresh start is usually the right medicine for players exiting Jacksonville, and going from the Jaguars to the Patriots could see Fournette refocused and rededicated to torching defenses. He'd also go a long way to ensuring Belichick has insurance at RB1, and the chemistry with Newton should be readymade.

That guy who used to be the quarterback of the Patriots and is now in Tampa would love a beefy RB.

True, the Bucs are attempting to appease Tom Brady by signing LeSean McCoy to a one-year deal, but McCoy lost his spot to a young halfback in Kansas City before being shelved in the Super Bowl. And if McCoy is being projected by anyone to be the team's lead back for Week 1, well, that simply drives home my point regarding concern at the position. Adding Fournette would keep him in Florida, where there's no state tax, something he's sure to be keen on when considering he will need to keep as many of his coins near as possible in the event he loses the $4 million grievance against the Jaguars, and puts him with Brady and Bruce Arians -- two people who are unequivocal in what they demand from players (both in character and in production).

It's a doable deal financially as well, because although the Bucs have a scant $2.24 million in cap space currently -- via Overthecap.com -- Fournette isn't in position to command big money. A one-year prove-it deal would give him the chance to join a club on the verge of becoming a winner, on an offense loaded with receiving talent, under a proven head coach, behind a six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, and right next door to the team he loathes in North Florida. It's perfect for Fournette, truly, and he could parlay a dynamic 2020 into a multi-year deal with the RB-needy Bucs next offseason.

As far as future tense goes, should he stick around, the Bucs would enjoy seeing a rotation that includes Fournette, Ronald Jones, II and young talent like either Ke'Shawn Vaughn or Raymond Calais, so this really becomes more and more of a no-brainer if you think about it. Tampa Bay is all in on winning a Super Bowl in 2020, and signing Fournette would play right into that narrative.

If you're sitting in the front office in Miami and you're reading this, pick up the phone.

Trust me, I get it. You added Matt Breidaand Jordan Howard this offseason, but pick up the phone. You like the upside on Myles Gaskin, but pick up the phone. You see something in Patrick Laird, but pi-... you get the point here. With the issue of quarterback now seemingly solved and Tua Tagovailoa readying to be the face of the franchise for the next half decade or more, he needs some help in the backfield. Sending away Kenyan Drake by way of trade with the Arizona Cardinals ended swimmingly for them, but it left the Dolphins without a feature back en route to seeing Ryan Fitzpatrick (!!) lead the team in rushing with only 243 (!!!) yards in 2019, and he also led the team in rushing touchdowns with four.

That's as ugly as the witch who gave Snow White the apple, but at least she had an apple. Prior to adding Breida and Howard, the RB room was in dire straits, and it still can't be viewed as "elite" for 2020. Breida did good things for the 49ers, but he's not the offensive bully Fournette is. Howard is a bit of a different story, seeing as he has two 1,000-yard rushing seasons under his belt, but a tandem of Fournette and Howard is just feels downright more impactful than Breida and Howard in a rideshare capacity.

And the Dolphins need the most powerful one-two punch they can get to help out Tagovailoa. From there, the club could use Breida as both insurance and a spell RB, while developing some of the younger talent behind the trio.

Lastly, but also of significant importance, is the fact grabbing Fournette would eliminate the Patriots' ability to do so. That's not a primary reason to make the move, but it is most definitely something to help fuel the motivation to sign him, considering Miami is hoping to finally take the AFC East crown in 2020 -- having not done so since 2008 and achieving the goal only twice since the turn of the century.

Pick up the phone.

Todd Gurley is gone.

Breaking news, I know, but it's a reminder that the Rams could use a bully in the backfield for 2020. Even with reduced utilization in 2019, Gurley still led the team with 1,064 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. You can love the potential of Malcolm Brown and still point out the fact he posted only 271 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns last season. Now that he's the feature back in Los Angeles, the added reps will inevitably cause those numbers to go up, but it's not a guarantee he'll suddenly rack up 1,200 rushing yards in his first season as the top dog. In his five-year career, Brown has never rushed for more than the 255 yards he delivered in 2019, and had only two touchdowns in the four seasons prior -- before his career-best five last year.

Contrarily, even a disgruntled Fournette on the most toxic team in football produced in a big way, so imagine what he might do if added to a team with a winning culture who also needs him to help lead the way. There are other bodies in the Rams RB room, and they are talented as well (e.g., Darrell Henderson, second-round rookie Cam Akers), but the football resume simply isn't there for them either. This is a situation where adding Fournette creates a definitive focal point for opposing defenses that will take pressure off of Jared Goff, and open up the passing game as Sean McVay intends.

Pairing Fournette with Brown is simply smart football business, assuming McVay and Co. can keep the former fourth-overall pick a happy camper, by way of ensuring he's the lead back. It's when Fournette gets disgruntled that things go dark, but that's why they call it being "disgruntled".

This team has been stacking running backs all offseason, so why stop now?

Washington is desperate to find a successor to Adrian Peterson after several failed attempts since signing him. It's not lack of production that warrants them locating an heir, but age and contract, because the future Hall of Famer is a ripe 35 years old and entering the final year of his deal. So even if Peterson can still produce, it doesn't mean he'll land another contract in Washington, despite feeling he has upwards of four more years left in him. They tried benching Peterson in Week 1 of the 2019 season to give former second-round pick Derrious Guice, but were forced to give the reins back to Peterson in Week 2 and beyond due to yet another injury to Guice. With Guice now released following a troubling detailing of domestic violence allegations, there's a free seat ready and waiting for Fournette.

Rookie third-round pick Antonio Gibson helps the room, but he's not taken a snap in the NFL just yet, and there's no preseason for him to acclimate more quickly; so put a pin in that. Bryce Love, Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic all have talent, but you could roll them together into a ball and wouldn't equal what Fournette has done at the NFL level. For all the bodies in the RB room in Washington, Peterson is the only one that would strike any sort of fear into the heart of a defense, and he's possibly on his way out in 2021.

Sign Fournette on an incentive-laden prove-it deal to challenge Peterson for reps. If he can't beat out an aging Peterson, take what you get from him in production and move on in the offseason. If, however, Fournette hits prime form and nudges Peterson out of the way, the test drive proves successful, and there could be a multi-year re-up for the 25-year-old -- possibly tethering him to Dwayne Haskins for the next several seasons and helping to create a solid offensive corps for the future.

The biggest risk here is, of the teams mentioned, Washington is least likely to be a winner in 2020; but Fournette can't exactly be too picky as he desperately needs to rebuild his brand, and pronto.

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Jordan Peterson saw this coming a while ago – Sarnia Observer

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Dr. Jordan B. Peterson at the Canadian Summit '17 on Wednesday June 28, 2017. Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

Gov. Mike Huckabee, the father of former White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee, has some pretty interesting observations regarding Black Lives Matter. He speaks of a far more accurate designation Black Lives Matter More. He also finds an inherent trap in the name: If you disagree with the tactics or ideology of the organization, youre automatically considered a racist.

For example, in my town in Southern California, a bit bigger than Chatham-Kent, our Fourth of July parade was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise our huge fireworks display was cancelled. Yet for the third consecutive week in a row, the Black Lives Matter organization was given a permit to demonstrate, despite some pretty bad behaviour over the previous two events.

Likewise, the mayor of New York City was seen disrupting a funeral ostensibly because of the pandemic, but allowed BLM supporters or at least those who attended BLM events to loot, riot and assault people with impunity.

It seems that organizations and cities are falling all over themselves to placate the organization.

I dont understand the support, as ultimately they were founded upon a lie. Jonathan Caperhart of the Washington Post describes Michael Brown as an inappropriate symbol. And the Hands up, Dont shoot slogan that originated in Ferguson, Missouri was made up by a witness found to be a liar.

When two of an organizations leaders very openly describe themselves as highly trained Marxists and are very open about their plan of dismantling our society, then whats the attraction?

But their trainers apparently did a good job, because, as with Mao, one of their first objectives was to deface or destroy important parts of the existing culture.

One of their colleagues expressed a desire to burn the country down, and in that interview was prompted by an interviewer to clarify whether he meant that literally or figuratively. He seemed to not understand at first, and then said burning down the country was up to us.

Canadian Jordan Peterson saw this coming three years ago. He said what fed them was hatred, but we had to remember that ultimately they were like a clueless, rebellious kid that gets sucked in by the mob, and gets saturated with blood lust when behind a hammer and sickle flag.

Peterson said we should approach them in a spirit of peace, as hate creates more hate, ultimately hitting a flash point like we see today.

What theyre after is absolute power.

Im thinking its a bit late for peace.

Were upside down here. A couple saw their gate come down with rioters threatening to kill them, so they backed the crowd off. A district attorney threw corrupt charges them and not at the rioters.

As I pointed out, other legal groups are not allowed their U.S. First Amendment rights, but this organization is faced with no such barrier.

Its frustrating to see cops under the microscope, afraid to use reasonable force to stop looting and other crimes. A few weeks ago, Antifa announced on social media they were going to destroy a town located a bit north or me. A reception of well-armed citizens were waiting for them. Apparently that didnt keep a few of them from running off at the mouth and they got a hard lesson about threatening peoples home.

Its not the way we want to see things going, but if we keep treating them with some special dispensation its likely things will get worse.

Greg Scharf was born in Sarnia and lives in California

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The RNC is turning into one long right-wing Youtube video – Business Insider – Business Insider

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Watching the Republican National Convention has felt like falling into an algorithmically-driven rabbit hole of right-wing YouTube.

Instead of relying on former presidents or party nominees to give impassioned speeches on conservative values and policies, the RNC has been dominated by Trump-supporting culture warriors whose rhetoric sounds eerily similar to online discourse pushed by right-of-center (some decidedly far-right) social media stars.

The four-day political pageant even kicked off Monday night with a speech by a prominent conservative YouTuber, Charlie Kirk.

The 26-year-old Turning Point USA co-founder with close ties to the Trump White House called the president the "bodyguard of Western civilization." Whatever Kirk meant by "Western civilization" isn't exactly clear, but the term is an obsession of right-wing YouTubers like Dennis Prager, "Intellectual Dark Web" celebrities like Jordan Peterson, and the recently banned by YouTube alt-right philosopher Stefan Molyneux.

When Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones spoke at the RNC of the Democrats' keeping Black people on their "mental plantation," I felt like I was listening to Candace Owens, the YouTube star and Trump favorite who started "Blexit" to convince Black people to abandon the Democratic Party.

Patrica and Mark McCloskey best known for drawing their guns on Black Lives Matter protesters outside their St. Louis home called congressional candidate and protest organizer Cori Bush a "Marxist liberal activist" during their RNC speech. Granted, Bush is a Democratic Socialist, but the McCloskey's deliberate and repeated invocation of Marx made me think of "cultural Marxism" an obsession of conspiracy theorists like former InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson.

Right-wing YouTubers like Ben Shapiro are positively obsessed with opposing left-wingers' goal of "equality of outcome" rather than "equality of opportunity." The latter phrase made it into both Jon Voight's RNC intro narration and Tiffany Trump's Tuesday night speech.

There's nothing particularly novel about hearing these things at an overtly partisan and propagandistic event. Conservatives don't like socialism, they like their "culture," and they can't understand why more Black people won't vote for them.

What's striking is how these phrases, which are repeated like mantras on right-wing YouTube, have made it to the big kids' table at the RNC.

One reason for YouTube rhetoric reaching prime-time could be that under Trump, the GOP's long flirtation with anti-intellectualism went into high gear. Thoughtful, principled Republicans were purged as "Never Trump cuck-RINOs." All that remains are Trump sycophants and a leader who openly flirts with dangerous online conspiracy theories like QAnon.

Filling the void are the conservative YouTubers, whose audiences are legion, and who are directed deeper into extreme content both by the site's algorithm and by the communities formed around these channels.

Hearing these phrases and bugaboos sprinkled throughout RNC speeches feels in some sense like a callback to their original sources. And they may be deliberate or inadvertent signals to young conservatives.

The message: We know who the conservative thought leaders are in the Trump era, and we watch their videos, too.

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Camden couple involved in fake will scheme released from federal prison – El Dorado News-Times

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A Camden couple involved in a wire fraud case stemming from a fake will have been released from federal prison according to documents filed in the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court.

John Kinley and Diane Kinley were both convicted and sentenced to terms in the Federal Bureau of Prisons system last year after offering guilty pleas in the fake will case of Matthew Seth Jacobs. They had previously petitioned the court for compassionate release due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, but were denied.

Documents filed state, Undersigned counsel learned the Bureau of Prisons released Mr. Kinley to home confinement for the remainder of his term of imprisonment, and he has returned to Camden, Arkansas. Mr. Kinley achieved his request, to return home. He does not want to proceed with his Motion to Renew Compassionate Release Motion.

Likewise, a document referencing Diane Kinley states, Undersigned counsel learned that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has released Ms. Kinley to home confinement for the remainder of her prison term, and Ms. Kinley is in Camden, Arkansas. Ms. Kinley does not want to proceed with her compassionate release request for a sentence reduction

Jacobs, a Camden resident, was the recipient of a multi-million dollar settlement in April 2012 as a result of injuries he sustained in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

The Kinleys became acquainted with Jacobs through Diane Kinleys sister, Donna Herring, who federal investigators later discovered had embedded her family in Jacobs life after he approached her, a real estate agent, for assistance in purchasing a home and investment properties.

After Jacobs was killed in a January 2015 automobile accident at 34 years old, Herring produced the only will discovered to this date in his name; it subsequently was discovered that Herring had forged the will with the Kinleys acting as signatories.

John Kinley was sentenced to prison on Nov. 12, 2019 to 12 months and one day; he has been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Forrest City, Ark. since Jan. 22, 2020. Diane Kinley was sentenced the following day to 18 months in prison; she has been housed at the Federal Medical Center Carswell Unit in Fort Worth, Tex. for the same period of time.

Original motions denied

Both John and Diane Kinley filed motions for sentence reductions on April 16, citing federal laws including the First Step Act and the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act.

Upon release, I will return home to my wife of 28 years, a note attached to John Kinleys motion reads. I will also reunite with my sons, their wives and grandchildren whom Ive greatly missed. My job at the Country Club is waiting for me. I will begin work when I return home.

John and Diane Kinley noted in their motions that they requested a compassionate release from their respective prison wardens, with John Kinley indicating that he believed the requirement that 30 days pass without a response from the warden had been lifted due to the ongoing public health crisis, and Diane Kinley saying the exercise in completing ones Administrative Remedy would be an exercise in futility.

Judge Susan O. Hickey, who presided over the Kinleys criminal case, denied both their motions, citing procedural problems in their filings related to not waiting for an Administrative Remedy a compassionate release from their respective prisons wardens or at least 30 days between their request for one and their filing their motions in federal court.

On April 28, after 30 days had passed since both John and Diane Kinley requested release from their respective prisons wardens, they again filed motions in the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Arkansas for compassionate release. John Kinley cited a death attributable to COVID-19 having occurred in the FCI in his second motion.

Diane Kinley referred to the prison as a petri dish in her letter, referring to the high community spread of COVID-19 in congregate living settings like prisons and nursing homes.

Their motions reached the court on May 6 after traveling through the prison mail system. On May 7, Hickey appointed public defender Bruce Eddy, who represented Diane Kinley in the criminal proceedings against her last year, to represent both in any further motions filed in reference to the First Step Act.

FCI outbreak

The FCI in Forrest City has been the location of one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in correctional facilities in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Department of Health listed 752 cases of COVID-19 in inmates at the facility with 633 recovered and 18 staff who have recovered on Monday. The ADH also report no deaths at the facility; John Kinleys second motion contradicts that.

According to the BOP website, active cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 65 BOP facilities and 26 Residential Reentry Management Centers, where federal prisoners may be transferred to in advance of their release to prepare for reentry into society.

The websites case tracker does not list any deaths in the prison facility at Forrest City; it reported four active cases in staff at the medium-security unit and 154 active inmate cases and one active staff case at the low-security unit as of Friday morning.

Other players

Donna Herring, the primary defendant in the years-long fake will case, has not requested any sort of early release as of June 12. She is currently incarcerated at the Bryan Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Tex.

Herring was sentenced on Nov. 12, 2019 to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty in January 2019 to wire fraud.

Jordan Alexandra Peterson, another defendant in the case and Herrings daughter, who pleaded guilty to lying to a federal investigator in relation to the case in January 2018 and was sentenced last November to three years probation, has been serving her sentence since Jan. 22.

Herring and the Kinleys have also been ordered to pay $132,964.66 in restitution to Matthew Seth Jacobs son Jordan Jacobs, who at the time of his fathers death was his sole descendent and the heir-at-law to his estate. Peterson was not included in the restitution order.

In the fake will created by Herring, Peterson was named as the primary beneficiary of Matthew Seth Jacobs estate, with only $50,000 being willed to Jordan Jacobs to help him pay for college or trade school. Jordan Jacobs later received an additional settlement from his fathers life insurance of about $250,000, before the contested will was discovered to have been forged.

In addition to the restitution owed to Jordan Jacobs, Herring and the Kinleys were also ordered to return all property from the estate, property purchased with proceeds from the estate and leftover monies from the estate.

Caitlan Butler contributed reporting.

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Five defensive players the Arizona Cardinals need to live up to expectations in 2020 – Revenge of the Birds

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When you look at the offseason for the Arizona Cardinals they invested a lot in the defense.

They picked up a starter along the defensive line, a nice player to pair with Chandler Jones on the edge and an athlete to pair with Jordan Hicks inside at linebacker.

Oh, of course they drafted maybe the best defensive prospect in the entire 2020 NFL Draft as well.

That begs the question, who has to play well for the Arizona Cardinals defense to take the next step?

When you look at the individuals on defense in 2019, Chandler Jones, Corey Peters and Jordan Hicks all had good to great seasons.

Therefore they have to maintain their level of play for the Cardinals to be better in 2020, but they clearly wont be the key to the defense taking the next step.

So who is?

Here are the five players I think will be the key.

Jordan Phillips - Phillips got paid after a career season and looks like he can be a dominant force along the defensive line. The Cardinals need him to be.

Zach Allen - Allen was one of the prizes of a great 2019 draft class, at least what the Cardinals hope will be a great class. He has to pair with Phillips to give the Cardinals something consistent on the defensive line, or all the money invested off the ball won't matter a bit.

DeVondre Campbell - While the Cardinals Isaiah Simmons needs to be great to justify his pick, in 2020 the Cardinals need Campbell to be a preview of what Simmons will become in his career. Campbell had to offer something against tight ends and give some much needed athleticism at the off ball linebacker spot.

Patrick Peterson - Peterson showed flashes, but the Cardinals need him to be back to form in 2020. Peterson wants a big payday, so he needs to play well to get what he wants.

Robert Alford - Both corners? Yep, because it was clear last year that Byron Murphy wasnt ready. Maybe Murphy will be in 20, but for now they need Alford and Peterson to be the duo they had hoped for in 2019 if they are going to compete.

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Dave Rubin On Where Liberals And Conservatives Can Agree, And Can’t – The Federalist

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Dave Rubins recent Dont Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason documents the YouTube personalitys intellectual journey from a Young Turks firebrand to a self-described classical liberal and an unlikely hero of the political right. Rubin hails from what has been termed the intellectual dark web, made up of individuals from the left and right who have found themselves on the wrong side of current political whimsmost notably in regard to free speech, race theory, or gender politics.

These individuals include Jordan Peterson, Brett Weinstein, Sam Harris, and Ben Shapiro, all frequent guests on Daves wildly successful YouTube channel and podcast, The Rubin Report. Rubin prides himself on giving a platform to diverse viewpoints, championing a classical liberal perspective he differentiates from the newer regressive left.

While Rubin agrees with many of the issues conservatives are most vilified forfree speech, freedom of religion, Second Amendment rightshe continues to term himself a classical liberal. In Dont Burn This Book, Rubin shows us why he and others who have left the left still consider themselves liberals, lending itself to a broader conversation about liberal and conservative thought.

Dont Burn This Book isnt a dense treatise. Much of what Rubin is discussing are ideas are both conservatives and liberals have been hashing for centuries. The book isnt a manual of new ideas, but an entreaty to return to the old ideas of the left before it turned, as Rubin puts it, regressive.

Chapter 3, entitled Think Freely or Die, spends more than 40 pages outlining a middle ground on hot topics of the day, decrying the vilification of those who hold the slightest different view from current woke trends, discussing free speech, Second Amendment issues, abortion, American exceptionalism, immigration, and more.

According to Rubin, todays liberals, no longer accept that all men are created equal. He writes, While liberalism aims to produce hard work and pride around a common cause, our new, negative worldview spawns only jealousy and grievance. By contrast, classical liberalism returns to the roots of liberalism, rejecting authoritarian leftism.

Before his political awakening began, Rubin says he was, solidly pro-choice, but has recently begun describing himself as begrudgingly pro-choice. While hes upset with the way the left has fetishize[d] abortion, he still supports the right of women to have an abortion before the 12th week of pregnancy. However, Dave concedes that the unborn child is a human life and argues, What may seem to be a logical inconsistency is a well-thought-out position.

Daves reasoning for his position on abortion skews liberal. He says the 12-week cutoff point for abortions is the optimal compromise between observing the rights of the individual (primarily the mother, then the baby) and the necessary role of public policy, which protects our freedoms in the first place. Dave ranks the right of the mother to choose her destiny above the right of the unborn child to live his or her life.

Liberals arent immoral, but they typically place individual freedom over other moral considerations. In this case, a womans right to free herself of responsibility and the physical and mental toll pregnancy and subsequent motherhood leaves her with trumps the fact that life is sacred. At the same time, Rubin tries to balance this position with the recognition that taking an innocent life is immoral.

In the pro-life debate, conservatives and liberals often talk past each other. Liberals see an individuals potential for self-actualization infringed upon and nothing else. Conservatives see the murder of a human life and nothing else. Rubin recognizes this classic conflict between the liberal and conservative mind, saying, My libertarian side says that government should have nothing to with this decision, Rubin explains, but my realist [or perhaps his conservative] side says the state has a duty to protect the life of the unborn.

Abortion is not the only aspect where Daves classically liberal positions highlight the age-old differences between conservative and liberal thought. Dave, a married gay man, doesnt see why someone who cares about individual liberty would be against same-sex marriage.

While he tolerates religious positions on the issue, an individuals right to act in accordance with that position, he makes a too broad sweep over why some of these individuals also believe the government would be remiss in recognizing same-sex marriages as such. But according to the classical liberal tradition, if individual liberty is all that principally matters, then why would anyone care if a same-sex couple may marry?

If you believe in individual rights, he puts it, then, great stuff, youre on the right path. Rubins explanation of the classical liberal, or libertarian, reasoning for gay marriage is woefully simplistic. Its not that Christians and other religious individuals think their religious beliefs should be foisted upon the rest of the nation, but that up until very recently most agreed that government plays a role in shaping the moral compass of the nation through families.

The idea that the state has a role in protecting moral ends is inherent to conservatism. In the case of abortion, to the conservative this means protecting human life at the expense of a womans claimed right to choose. In the case of gay marriage, this means protecting a certain model of the family as the most conducive to a virtuous society, at the expense of homosexual couples ability to marry.

Liberals have often been ridiculed for being so open minded their brains fall out, which, while unhelpful as a serious point of political argument, makes a salient point. The liberal tendency is to look to the future and the new to such an extent that they forget the roots that have held together Western Civilization for so long. Thankfully, Rubin has the good sense to avoid that pitfall, dedicating a whole chapter to praising American excellence and the values of Western civilization.

As Rubin finds that the left has abandoned true liberalism, Rubin, who is by no means a conventional conservative, has found an intellectual home on the right. While the principles of free speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of thought arent exclusively conservative or liberal (both sides have their bittersweet histories), its also no accident conservatives have been the ones doing the conserving of age-old civil liberties.

In Chapter 5, Rubin recounts the story of how conservative radio host Larry Elder changed his mind on systemic racism on his YouTube show and podcast The Rubin Report. Instead of digging in his heels, Rubin used the interview as an opportunity to open minds, including his own. [W]hether I liked it or not, he writes, this devastatingly embarrassing moment was everything The Rubin Report was meant to be aboutpushing personal and political growth through conversation.

Maybe conservatives could learn from this. Just as liberals tend to look towards the future and the new to the detriment of the tried and true, conservatives tendency to focus on what has been rather than what could be, often blinds them from considering differing viewpoints. Rubin and The Rubin Report are a testament to how people of goodwill on both sides can stand up for the other sides right to say what they think, even when they dont agree.

Sarah Weaver is a graduate student at Hillsdale College. You can read more of her work as well as contact her through her website at sarah-weaver.net. Find Sarah on Twitter @SarahHopeWeaver.

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YouTube sells subscriptions with just one word heres how you can emulate it – The Next Web

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I dont really watch YouTube. Rather, I listen to it. Youll find an overwhelming amount of podcasts, lectures, and music playlists in my recommendations and yes, I keep my phone screen lit 24/7.

Naturally, the YouTube Premium ad came for me. It popped right when Joe Rogan asked Jordan Peterson a tricky question. Obviously, time expanded right then, and I couldnt bear waiting. So I took my phone out of my pocket to skip the ad. Yet, instead of pressing the button, I froze. My observant eye caught a subtle marketing trick.

The message box didnt say skip ad, it said skip trial.

Its not a random choice of words. YouTube marketers were leveraging a specific psychological trait which is loss aversion.

According to psychological studies, our minds are more sensitive to losses than to gains. It is especially the case for objects and possessions say, a month of free trial, for example.

Roughly speaking, losses hurt about twice as much as gains make us feel good. If we wanted to measure the difference using an imaginary emotion-meter, itd mean that finding $10 brings 100 positive emotional points while losing the same $10 strikes 200 negative emotional points.

YouTube subtly used loss aversion as a marketing tool. Marketers didnt ask me if I preferred to skip the ad, but to skip the trial. The former translates into merely ignoring a commercial, while the latter meant that I was giving up on something.

When I saw the message box, I hesitated. Does this mean that Ill never get this offer again? I thought. Frankly, I hate being interrupted by ads I should probably consider subscribing. Besides, my battery will thank me for it.

All it took was one word to seduce my attention and make me consider subscribing

But what can the rest of us learn from this? Were not YouTube. We dont have the same resources nor the same reach. Nevertheless, we could still leverage loss aversion in our marketing.

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To reduce risk, it is necessary to avoid a portfolio whose securities are all highly correlated with each other. Harry Markowitz

Yesterday I had the supreme experience of having lunch in La Jolla, California, with the father of modern portfolio theory, Harry Markowitz. He is considered to be a legend on Wall Street.

The lunch was arranged by Rob Arnott, a successful financial consultant who is known as the godfather of smart beta. He is also a strong advocate of value investing and will be a keynote speaker at this years FreedomFest.

Your editor in between the Father of Modern Portfolio Theory and the Godfather of Smart Beta.

Markowitz is a legend in the investment world. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990 based on a single article he wrote in the Journal of Finance in 1952 called Portfolio Selection.

The eureka moment came when he discovered that investors could increase their returns and reduce their risk by properly diversifying their portfolios into stocks, bonds and cash.

He wrote, In choosing a portfolio, investors should seek broad diversification. Modern portfolio theory recommends that you diversify with a balance of stocks and bonds and cash thats suitable to your risk tolerance.

For example, during the stock market crash in March 2020, stocks fell and bonds rose. Thus, a portfolio of both stocks and bonds would have survived intact. Ditto for the financial crisis of 2008.

If you made the mistake of only being invested in stocks, you were in trouble. If you only invested in bonds, you missed out on the mother of all bull markets from 2009-2020. But by investing in both, you survived and prospered.

Markowitzs message is clear. Its vital to have non-correlated investments that move in opposite directions during crises. He states, To reduce risk, it is necessary to avoid a portfolio whose securities are all highly correlated with each other.

During the most recent bear market, most stocks, ranging from financials to utilities, fell together. However, many online-related tech stocks rose.

Gold and Real Estate as Non-Correlated Investments

I brought up gold as an excellent non-correlated investment that often moves opposite to the stock market. The precious metal has held up well in 2020. But I was surprised to learn that gold doesnt interest him.

Instead, he favors Californias real estate. He has a condo on the beach, which he says is benefiting from rising demand and cheap mortgage rates.

Harry is amazingly alert for a man who is 92 years old. He was born in the year that Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs 1927! He was two years old when the stock market crashed in 1929. He has lived through it all World War II, the inflationary 1970s, the 1987 stock market crash, the dotcom boom and bust and the longest bull market in history.

What is the Most Important Lesson of Investing?

Markowitz has survived and prospered throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Near the end of our luncheon, I asked Harry what he thought was the most important lesson of investing after all these years.

He hesitated, so I suggested one of my favorite quotes from The Maxims of Wall Street.

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Wall Street exaggerates everything.

Both Harry and Rob nodded in agreement. Thats why diversification is so important, stated Markowitz. It reduces the risk.

They were both intrigued by my new 7th edition of the Maxims, and we spent the rest of the time reading, smiling and commenting in response to various quotes from the book.

Here are some of their favorites:

Psychology is probably the most important factor in the market and one that is least understood. David Dreman

You cant worry and hit home runs. Babe Ruth

Know value, not prices. Arnold Bernard

Take calculated risks, but dont be rash. General George Patton

Harry especially liked this one:

Im not a bull. Im not a bear. Im a chicken. Charles Allmon

Harry was delighted to receive an autographed copy of my book.

Rob Arnott Buys a Box of Maxims!

Rob Arnott was so impressed that he decided to buy an entire box of 32 copies, which I sell for $300. He plans to give them out to his best clients.

I offer a super bargain price for the Maxims. The first copy is $20, and all additional copies are $10 each. They make a great gift to friends, family, clients and investors.

I autograph each copy, number them and mail them at no extra charge. If you order a box (32 copies), you pay only $300.

To order go to http://www.skousenbooks.com, or call Harold at Ensign Publishing, 1-866-257- 2057.

Dennis Gartman said it best: Its amazing the depth of wisdom one can find in just one or two lines from your book. I have it on my desk and refer to it daily.

Jack Bogle, the legendary founder of the Vanguard Group, wrote, What a treat! Its great to have all these sayings in a single spot.

Alex Green says, Its a classic!

Updates Regarding FreedomFest

Rob Arnott will be one of our featured speakers at FreedomFest from July 13-16 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. He will speak on Value Investing Why Its Not Dead and will debate Steve Moore on Inflation vs Deflation: Whats Ahead in the Economy and What It Means to Investors. Both are not to be missed!

He will attend every day of FreedomFest.

Meet Dr. Drew and Bestselling Author Dave Rubin in Vegas!

Now for a special announcement: I am pleased to report that Dr. Drew, the famous M.D. and television personality, will be our keynote speaker at FreedomFest in Vegas, July 13-16.

Dr. Drew (Pinsky) is known for his outspoken views on the pandemic and his warning to the media to stop the hysteria. Stop it, just stop it! he warned.

He will give us the latest update on the COVID-19 virus. He is also an expert on addiction and the social impact of the lockdown.

He will be joined by Dave Rubin, the host of the popular online show The Rubin Report and the author of the bestselling book Dont Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason.

Dave Rubin is also famous for his sellout 12-week 12 Rules for Life tour with Dr. Jordan Peterson.

Just in: Tom Woods, the top economist at the Mises Institute, will be the judge in the most important trial of the new decade: The Pandemic on Trial!

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And Professor Allan Litchman, the author of Keys to the White House, will give us his surprise prediction on the November elections! Right now, the election betting is showing that the Democrats are gaining on President Trump and the Republicans. The Democrats may even take the Senate! Thats why our emergency meeting, hosted by Steve Forbes, on July 13 is so important.

Heres Your Chance to be a HERO

It is not often in life that you have a chance to make a difference in the world and proudly say, I was there to mutually pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor in defense of our First Amendment right to freedom of assembly.

FreedomFest will be the FIRST live conference in Vegas (if not the country). We are determined to defend our constitutional rights.

On this day, choose who you will serve the state or the individual. Declare your independence in July.

Please read the Open Letter to All Freedom Lovers that can be found here.

FreedomFest starts next month. Caesars Entertainment is so thrilled to host the FIRST live convention in Vegas that it has moved our conference from the Paris Resort to their premier property, Caesars Palace.

It is rolling out the red carpet for YOU: Hotel rates have been cut to $119 a night at Caesars Palace. And they are only $57 a night across the Strip at the Flamingo Resort.

Plus, FREE PARKING is back!

Only 50 Tickets Remain for my 40th Anniversary Celebration!

We are filling up fast. So far, 150 people have signed up for the 40th anniversary celebration of my newsletter, and attendance for this special event and reception is limited to 200 subscribers. Everyone who attends will receive (a) a 2020 American eagle silver dollar, (b) an autographed, numbered copy of The Maxims of Wall Street and (c) the name of my favorite penny stock (its moving up!). Plus, a special reception will be held where attendees will have photo opportunities with celebrities such as Steve Forbes, Alex Green, Jim Woods, Hilary Kramer and others.

To sign up for FreedomFest and receive all three benefits, please click here. Or call 1-855-850-3733, ext. 202, be sure to mention you are a Investor Cafe subscriber and use the code FF20EAGLE. If you have already signed up, email me at mskousen@chapman.edu, and I will send you the name and symbol of the stock, as well as all the details.

To All Those Who Cant Make It This Year

I know a lot of you are fearful of traveling or going to a conference this year. Please consider sponsoring students who want to come to this years FreedomFest. The price for each student is only $150. Im hoping to bring a dozen students from Chapman University, but we need your help. To make a contribution, click on rates at http://www.freedomfest.com.

Good investing, AEIOU,

Mark Skousen

You Nailed It!

Chapman University Leads the Way

The overweening Governor Gavin Newsom here in California has mandated that all state universities (USC, UC Berkeley, etc.) stay locked down for the rest of the year. This means that they will have to teach online, despite all the evidence that young people are not threatened by the coronavirus.

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But Chapman University, a private school where I teach, is bucking the trend and plans to open up for regular classes this fall. Good for them!

President Daniele Struppa was reluctant to close the campus in the spring semester, but was forced to do so under extreme pressure from students and parents. (By the way, President Struppa will be a speaker at FreedomFest come join us and meet this hero of modern times.)

It turned out to be a rushed judgment, as the evidence is growing that the virus is no where near as fatal as was believed, especially among students. Even medical experts at Stanford University, the first major university that closed its campus, agreed that students should never have been sent home.

I taught the first half of my Financial Economics class in the spring in the classroom as I normally do. Yes, we had a few students who stayed home for a week with the flu. They were self-quarantined. Perhaps they had the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. Who knows?

We were forced to go online, and I have to tell you, I hated it. Teaching on Zoom or Panpto cant hold a candle to teaching in person and interacting with students. In their course evaluation surveys, students concurred. Online education is a poor substitute for the real thing.

A Teachers Dream

I had an interesting experience last week. I had a total of 44 students in my spring course, and I needed to finish grading all of their work so that I could submit their final grades.

Only one student had an incomplete as I never received his 10-page paper. He had done all the quizzes and had taken the midterm and final, but I couldnt find his paper. He was a football player who was a cancer survivor.

I made every effort to contact him. I called, texted and emailed him two to three times, with no response. I even called one of his football buddies, but he couldnt reach him either. Finally, I tracked down his parents and left a message on their voicemail.

His father called me one night and apologized for his son. He said that his son has had memory problems since the chemo treatments and had forgotten about the paper. He said that his son would do the paper and send it to me.

Then he said something Ill never forget. He stated, Prof. Skousen, I just want to thank you for going the extra mile for my son. I graduated from Ohio State, and I can tell you that no professor at Ohio State would have taken the time to reach out to a student. Thats what makes Chapman so special. My son will be back in the fall.

We ended our conversation on a lighter note I told him that my family and I are huge Gator fans and cant stand Ohio State. We even had a good laugh talking about Coach Urban Meyer.

If you want to send your son or daughter to a great liberal arts college, you cant do much better than Chapman University.

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Dave Rubin speaks at the 2019 Young Americans for Liberty Convention in Austin, Texas, September 6, 2019. (Gage Skidmore) Don't buy Dont Burn This Book. But don't deny Rubin's appeal.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R ecently on Twitter I saw someone make a thread of their favorite meals the best meals theyd ever eaten. It was all Italian countryside this, New York hole-in-the-wall that, Asian metropolis, Michelin star, and so on, complete with gorgeous pictures. I could remember a few meals Id had like that. But I found it easier to remember the first times Id eaten certain things: sushi from a grocery store; roasted peppers on soggy bread with a tapenade whatever that is in a college dining hall; and, most of all, grilled chicken and rice pilaf at a Dennys near a hotel in, I think, Philadelphia. I love grilled chicken; Ive eaten a lot of great grilled chicken since then. But theres a sense in which it all started at that Dennys. If I went to Dennys today, Id probably hate their grilled chicken. But if Id never gone to that Dennys to begin with who knows?

You may be wondering what Dont Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason, the new book by Dave Rubin the host of The Rubin Report, interview show and centerpiece of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web has to do with Dennys grilled chicken. Well, you see, Dave Rubin is the Dennys the memorable if unspectacular entryway of a certain brand of cultural politics, a brand with which Ive become somewhat entangled. Some problems with Rubins book have already been pointed out. For instance, he gets some facts wrong and makes some incoherent arguments (my favorite: He says that the idea of reverse psychology came from German philosopher Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, back in 1970, but Adorno died in 1969), he talks a lot about ideas but doesnt seem to have any of his own, and he may have taken one of the books best ideas from Bridget Phetasy. Ill add another problem right now: There are several spelling and grammatical mistakes in the book, hallmarks of the poor editing endemic to contemporary publishing. (They get pretty egregious: His brother is acknowledged as Jonat]han, and I dont think Elon Musk named him.)

But what I really want to know is: What makes Dave Rubin, like Dennys, seem both so good to people who are new to this to the so-called Intellectual Dark Web and its process of questioning progressive pieties and so bad to people who have some experience with it? How can the process of acquiring a taste lead you to so strongly dislike the thing that introduced you to that taste to begin with? If we dont like Rubin anymore and hes faced plenty of criticism from fellow members of the Intellectual Dark Web does that mean we have to start hating the things to which, in our own experiences, sampling our share of Rubin led?

Rubins book starts out as a bit of a time capsule, a recapitulation of the greatest hits of Internet outrage from the mid 2010s. Rubin had been a stand-up comedian and then a talk-show host affiliated with the progressive Young Turks. Having himself been a progressive for most of his life, his experience being associated with progressive media, and the general distaste for disagreement and free thinking he felt he observed in progressive circles led him first to lose his hair an episode he describes in the book, which does elicit some sympathy in the reader and then his faith in progressivism. After describing his own experiences, Rubin covers Ben Afflecks tussle with Sam Harris on Bill Mahers show, the failure of some progressives to adequately condemn the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the cancellations of figures such as Bret Weinstein, Lindsay Shepherd, and James Damore. Rubin explains that witnessing these excesses of progressivism led him back into the political philosophy of classical liberalism which had been abandoned by the regressive left. How? Well, the main factor seems to have been that the progressives became obsessed with group identity, while the classical liberals saw individual rights as paramount. This is a bit confused in Rubins presentation. He writes: Progressivism has traded a love of individual rights for paternalistic, insincere concern for the collective. It judges people based upon their skin color, gender, and sexuality, thus imagining them as competitors in an Oppression Olympics in which victimhood is virtue. Of course Rubin thinks progressivism is wrong, but why does he call it insincere? And whats the relationship between a focus on groups and a focus on victimhood? Individuals can be victims too, and individuals can parlay all sorts of victim narratives that have nothing to do with their membership in any sorts of groups.

Rubin provides a list of classical-liberal principles. The first item on the list is DRUGS. The discussions in this section are a bit uneven. For instance, about abortion he avers that life begins the moment the sperm fertilizes the egg. But he gives abstract reasons, from the realm of political theory, that abortion should still be legal: Personal views of morality and public standards of law butt heads in an intractable opposition. . . .This is the constant push and pull between the private and the public. . . . The belief in individual freedom must extend to having confidence in people making the best decisions for themselves even if we personally believe they are ethically and morally wrong. Rubin never says exactly why abortion presents a unique challenge for this sort of balancing.

On free speech, too, which should be one of Rubins strengths, his ideas arent quite clear. He writes that people are scared of being unpersoned by social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. . . . As private companies, theyre free to do whatever they want, but censorship is not a solution to bad ideas. Then, writing about Colin Kaepernick, he says: The NFL teams owners were . . . free to decide if they wanted to keep Kaepernick or let him go for being too much of a distraction. . . . Nobody was silenced; everybody got to make their point. I dont doubt that there are ways of differentiating the Kaepernick case from the Big Tech cases, but Rubin doesnt even try! In the one case, he simply says that a private companys decision is censorship; in the other, he simply says that nobody was silenced. At least some awareness of likely counterarguments would be nice.

But the examples in Rubins tale of leaving the left, hackneyed as it may be by now, are well-picked, and the stories are not always poorly told. Some are very familiar. Some involve Rubin himself, such as a story about a New York Times cover story The Making of a YouTube Radical. Apparently this YouTube radical watched Rubins program, and so Rubin was blamed in part for his radicalization and that of countless others in which web surfers are seduced by a community of far-right creators by the YouTube recommendation algorithm, which sees that a surfer enjoys videos of a particular political bent and proceeds to show them more, and may travel all the way to neo-Nazism or stop at milder forms of bigotry. But the subject of the story, Rubin writes, ended up watching far-left content. Yes, thats right. The article about YouTube radicalizing people to the far right ends with the subject becoming a lefty. You cant make this s*** up. But this is a little glib on Rubins part. In fact, the article describes its subject spending five years in a vortex of far-right politics, and it describes some lefty YouTubers trying quite intentionally to combat the alt-rights YouTube style in order to deradicalize people like the articles subject. So Rubin has, without outright lying, given a false impression of the Times story. However, his instinct to dismiss the Times narrative is probably right. Researchers Mark Ledwich and Anna Zaitsev have found that YouTubes recommendation algorithm has an overall deradicalizing effect, not a radicalizing one.

Mainstream handwringing about alt-right videos often comes from journalists who are upset to see even one recommendation for content they disagree with. Unfortunately, Rubin expresses a similar sort of idea, writing that our factory settings everything the system teaches us to believe are programmed into us from a young age. For Rubin, ideas like Democrats = good, Republicans = bad are easily swallowed by the idealistic and impressionable youth. The message is even more appealing when its constantly reinforced through academia, the media, and celebrity [sic], which make it look cool and credible. But this is a theory of entertainment radicalizing a gullible consumer not unlike the one advanced in the New York Times story to which he objected. So which is it: Are people gullible and easily brainwashed, or can they be trusted to think for themselves? Though he has some good instincts and interesting takes, Rubin cant quite corral facts or principles into a coherent, consistent argument without a guest or partner of some sort helping him out. On his own, in this book, he seems to end up flailing.

Rubin is at his worst when hes trying to explain and argue for his own views. But he is at his best in at least a few places in the book, as the interviewer-cum-character hes developed and made so popular. There is a certain kind of magnanimity to this character that dissipates any mystery about why former guests on his show are by and large so loyal to him. Rubin takes many opportunities in the book though maybe not quite as many as he should to shift the focus from his own views to those of various guests hes had on his show. He admiringly describes his interactions with Jordan Peterson, the Michael Jordan of psychology, on some sort of international tour: I realized that [Peterson]s moments of humility were something I had implemented in my own work. In fact, it was a founding principle of my (frequently criticized) interview approach. Sometimes Id be seeking knowledge or clarity as much as the viewer at home . . . and wasnt afraid to ask for it. (Ellipsis in original.) And he describes in detail being owned by conservative commentator Larry Elder when Elder appeared on The Rubin Report before Rubin had fully left the left. Throughout, Rubin presents himself as just an amateur trying his best to make sense of the world, helped out by people he really admires: his guests.

Rubin once famously said during an interview: I have to say that my brain is still in recovery mode from taking in so many high-level, important ideas. The listener gets to see things from his perspective and begin to take in new ideas. This is the sense in which Rubin is both a character and an interviewer, as I suppose most interviewers are and his character is the protagonist, the audience stand-in, who leaves home for the first time and sees a whole world open up before them. Rubin spends a lot of time writing about the stress and sometimes illness that for him came with becoming politically homeless. Hes the hobbit, not the powerful wizard; its all a bit much for him.

Heres one theory. What makes Rubin bad is precisely what makes Rubin good. The sort of dull charm that makes him smilingly uncomprehending of disagreement in one case helps him bulldoze through obstacles in another. So, for instance, when a journalist scolds him for having two ex-Muslims on his show, he writes that the journalist heavily implied that Im somehow Islamophobic, which seems more disturbing to him than [one guest]s arranged marriage or [the other guest]s brother being killed by jihadists. I think of what my own reaction would be. I might try to understand the charge, to see how I might defend myself. But Rubin just waltzes through it. The real issue isnt what hes been accused of; its what the journalist is focused on. And hes right! Rubin is right that its the journalist, and not him, who comes off as inhumane and opportunistic. Now, theres no sophistication in seeing this. Its an intuitive piece of human psychology. It has all the class of the grilled chicken at Dennys. But it works. And this sort of straightforward judgment, backed only by sheer human instinct, will seem sophomoric to those with more than a few days of experience with these debates for just the same reason that it will seem refreshing to those who are new to them. It was refreshing to me, too, once, to think that I could employ such instincts in addition to the muck of academic theories and empirical data I always muddled through in order to make my own arguments. But this can only be the start of a new way of thinking about things. Right now, though, thats the best that Dave Rubin can manage.

Probably nobody should buy this book. And definitely nobody should burn this book among other bad consequences, that would drive up sales. But nobody should deny Rubins appeal, either. In an overwhelming world where everyone is trying to seem like the expert with all the answers, Rubin bumbles along, wide-eyed, a daring escapee from his former friends on the left to the towering figures he now interviews for a living. Its a coming-of-age story about a man who hasnt yet come of age.

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Many are optimistic about what the Arizona Cardinals can do in 2020. However, no one appears to be more publicly bullish about the team than cornerback Patrick Peterson.

He already recently declared that this roster of players is the best team, at least on paper, he has been on in his almost decade in the league.

After four postseason-less seasons and only eight wins combined in the last two years, he is putting no limits on what this team can achieve.

The sky is the limit for this football team, he said in a video conference with the media this past week. I truly believe we can go as far as we want.

Both in a previous interview he gave on a podcast and in this meeting with the media, he emphasized how it is on the players to perform and that they must have a common vision, trust each other and commit to the goal to be able to be as good as they can be, but he isnt shying away from giving lofty expectations for the potential of the team.

It started with the offseason, he said.

The offseason has been great for us. The draft has been great for us, he said. We really hit all areas in this offseason to give not only the fans something exciting to look forward to but also putting us in the best opportunity to win. I definitely think this is a championship-caliber team from top to bottom.

The trade to acquire receiver DeAndre Hopkins got Peterson excited. General manager Steve Keim started with a bang.

The acquisition of DeAndre, that was huge for us, Peterson said. To add a top-two receiver to your roster, that just doesnt happen. That just doesnt fall in your lap. For that trade to be pulled off, I thought (it) was a great sign and a great start to the offseason.

So what makes this team so potentially special?

He described both the defense and the offense.

He began with the defensive backfield, where he plays.

The youth we have in the back end, I believe that speaks for itself, he said. We have young talented players that love the game that can cover sideline to sideline, that can be the enforcer. I believe that is very important for a football team.

Peterson himself returns for a full season after missing six games to suspension. Cornerback Robert Alford comes back after missing the season with a broken leg, which is going to be huge, Peterson said.

At safety, they have Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson. He called Baker the enforcer and a Tasmanian Devil. He raved about how Thompson played late in the season when he saw Thompsons confidence go through the roof.

He then moved to the defensive front seven, noting the presence of linebacker Jordan Hicks, the addition of rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons and the pass rushing of Chandler Jones.

With the signing of Jordan Phillips, the return of Jonathan Bullard and the selection in the draft of Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence, youve got pass rush, youve got D-line, youve got rotation now.

Then, on offense, he spoke of quarterback Kyler Murray.

I believe its going to be a huge year for him, he said. We all know he hasnt even scratched the surface yet.

With running backs Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds, Murray has a great backfield to help him out.

Then, with the addition of Hopkins to the receiver room with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, the Cardinals have three receivers that you pretty much cant double.

Kylers going to be like a kid in a candy store, Peterson added. Hes going to be able to pick whatever candy he wants. Youve got the opportunity to throw touchdowns to red-zone Fitz, take shots with DeAndre, anddownfield shots with Christian as well.

When you look back at the teams that Ive been a part of, thats everything we had, he said, thinking back to the seasons from 2013-2015 when the Cardinals won 10 games or more a year. But I believe the only thing different in this group is were a little bit faster and we got younger and having that youth in this day in age is big for us.

It isnt a prediction for what will happen, but it is a declaration of what is possible.

If we all come together, focus on our one goal, we can take definitely take it the distance, he said.Im very optimistic about where we can be at the end of the year, but right now were just a good team on paper.

It gives Cardinals fans a reason to get excited.

We have everything that you need, and if youre trying to build a championship-caliber football team, we have the players, he said. This is that type of roster.

Listen to the latest from Cards Wires Jess Root on his podcast, Rise Up, See Red. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Stitcher Radio.

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