The Bravery Deficit

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Do you feel forced to keep your values to yourself? Are you afraid to speak up about your views and opinions for fear of creating family tension or losing your friends—or your job? Dave Rubin calls this being in the political closet—and it’s time to come out.

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Do you watch Fox News with your finger on the back button in case someone enters the room? Do you methodically clear your browser history to erase all evidence of PragerU videos? Do you hide your subscription to The Ben Shapiro podcast? Or, and perhaps most dangerous of all, are you afraid of getting caught watching The Rubin Report, which is hosted by the very scary, but quite dapper, Dave Rubin?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you’re in the political closet, and it’s time to come out.

Here’s the good news. 

If you currently reside in the United States of America, you live in the freest country in the history of the world. Beyond some basic limitations, you can do whatever you want and, with hard work, become whatever it is you want to be. 

Pretty great, ain’t it? So why the long face? Because you know that something is out of whack. You really don’t feel free to say what you want. Or share your true thoughts on Facebook. Or even associate with those you’d like to.

And why is that?

I’ll tell you why: because there’s a mass affliction spreading throughout the Western world. It’s called… the Bravery Deficit. People—good people like you — are afraid to say what they think. 

And there’s little wonder. 

Believe that men can’t give birth? Congrats, you’re a transphobe. Want people to keep more of what they earn because they know how to spend it better than the government does? Bravo, you’re a greedy capitalist! Understand that the gender pay gap is because men and women often choose different professions and different hours, not because of rampant sexism? Hooray, you’re a misogynist!

Take the “wrong” side of any hot-button issue and your reputation, your friends, and your job can all be lost in an instant. You will likely never get a chance to confront your accusers, most of whom are anonymous. And, you may feel forced to issue a faux apology to save yourself. (Which, by the way, it usually won’t.)

The understandable temptation is to think that this politically correct madness will soon end. Just die out on its own. Well, it won’t. 

Activists and their mainstream media allies like the New York Times and CNN, propaganda outlets like Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center and your local university will make sure of that. Big Tech with its control of search algorithms, its shadowbanning and deboosting are also in on the