Exposing Liberal Hypocrisy and Conservative Close-Mindedness | Van Jones

Exposing Liberal Hypocrisy and Conservative Close-Mindedness | Van Jones

I think liberals have a very hard time understanding
their role in creating the market for Trump. I think we have a view of ourselves that has
a bunch of blind spots in it in terms of how we’re showing up. I’ve gone all across the country, I got
a chance to go to West Virginia, the red parts of Indiana and Michigan, even the red counties
in California, I’ve gone to the border, and it gives you the chance to really kind
of see the world from the other side as a liberal, as a progressive. One of the things that I think that we don’t
understand and that we have a hard time getting our heads wrapped around is we often commit
the same mistakes with people in the red states that we accuse conservatives of committing. For instance, if you only listen to NPR, only
watch CNN and only read the New York Times and say “I know what’s happening,” then
you’re committing the same kind of mistake as somebody who only reads the Wall Street
Journal, watches FOXNews and listens to Rush Limbaugh on the radio—which is not to say
that CNN is as far left as FOX is to the right, it’s to say that there’s a particular
set of assumptions that you’re being reinforced in, a particular set of ideas. And so you might assume then that any rational
person would be outraged by what you’re outraged by and even have the same information
that you have, but that’s just not true. We can sometimes come across in ways that
are offensive to people who are in the red states and who are conservative, which shocks
a lot of liberals. “I’m not offensive and I’m not offending
anybody; I’m liberal I’m up for everybody! I believe in diversity! I believe in inclusion!” But it sounds the same way. A lot of times you challenge conservatives
and say, “Listen sometimes you guys sound really racist.” “Oh my God I’m not – I don’t have
a racist bone in my body. You’re nuts! Quit playing the race card on me!” It’s the same basic thing. Listen to what folks are saying. I listen to liberals, they say—they basically
treat red states the same way that colonizers treat Third World countries. “These are ignorant backwaters in the south,
full of unwashed, uneducated dumb people, and what we need to do is convert them to
our NPR religion and forcefeed them some kale so they can actually rise to our level! And once they rise to our level then they’ll
be smart enough to quit falling for dumb tricks from their republican masters.” And I’m like, do you hear yourself? Do you hear how you sound?! Nobody should follow anybody who thinks that
way about them. Just like most people of color will never
follow a lot of the Republican Party as it talks about people today “because you don’t
have any respect; you don’t understand what you’re talking about; you’re looking down
on us and then telling us that ‘we’re dumb if we don’t vote for you.’” No, we’re dumb if we vote for you, and it’s
the same way in reverse. Let me tell you the kind of stuff liberal
say all the time, that liberals think it’s perfectly reasonable, perfectly rational,
and it’s offensive and wrong. Liberals say about conservatives, especially
low-income white conservatives who vote for republicans, that these people are “voting
against their own economic self-interest and it’s because they’re not well educated, if
they really understood what was going on they would never vote for these people because
they’re voting against their economic self-interest, which is stupid.” Okay, let’s take that apart. Do you know the white people who consistently
vote against their own economic self-interest? I’ll tell you who: rich, white liberals who
vote for tax increases to pay for programs their kids will never use! They’re voting against their economic self-interest! We don’t think that makes them ignorant,
stupid doofs—we think that makes them awesome! “That’s the best thing about rich white
liberals, is that they put their values over their money. Their values are more important than their
money. They don’t just care about money, they care
about their values.” …Interesting. Huh. So if you put your values over your money
you are a noble person, you’re not an idiot, you’re a noble person. Well that low-income white guy who has been
voting for Republicans the whole time will tell you “well guess what? I’m putting my values over money and I’m
telling you I don’t want America’s government to go and rob some rich family and take their
money and bring it over to my house and try to bribe me! I don’t want America’s government to rob
a rich family and use the money to try to bribe me to be dependent on them or anybody
else! I don’t want America’s government to take
that money and undermine my parenting choices. If my kids are so stupid they drop out of
school, get on drugs and have a bunch of babies, I don’t want the government to bail them out. Let them learn a tough lesson that that’s
a dumb way to live your life. I’m putting my values of independence and
common sense over whatever money the government might be able to give me. Even if it hurts me economically, my values
are more important.” Now listen, I would disagree with that guy. Is that a great strategy for building a middle-class? I disagree. But I wouldn’t say the guy is stupid. I can disagree without disrespecting. See, we don’t have to agree, in fact the
whole point of democracy is you get to disagree! Dictatorship, you can’t disagree. Democracy, you get to disagree. That’s called freedom. We like that. That’s good. But you don’t have to disrespect, and you
shouldn’t disregard. And these are the kinds of mistakes that liberals
make every day, and you see them on TV, you hear them on the radio, you see them, and
if you are that red state voter the one thing you know is “these people hold me in contempt. They look down on me, they don’t respect
me, they don’t understand me, and now I can’t vote for them.” And that’s a big part of what’s going
on. We are not as good as we think we are with
this inclusion thing, with this understanding thing, with this empathy thing. A lot of us grew up in neighborhoods or in
circumstances where the straight white male had power and was abusing that power, and
so we formed an opposition to that abuse of power. And it’s very hard for us to actually be
able to go on the other side and say “wait, there may be some situational circumstances
where maybe we’ve got some power that we aren’t using fairly, where we may have come
to some assumptions or some conclusions or have some prejudices that in some circumstances
we may be the ones who are mistreating people or misunderstanding people.” That’s tough, because when you’ve been in
that one down situation and been mistreated for so long and you still are being mistreated—as
a woman, as a person of color, as an LGBT—and you’re still being triggered every day and
you’re still being re-traumatized every day; for somebody to say “Yes, and the truth
is messy. There may be some situations where maybe you’re
reenacting some of the very things that you would never want and you may be showing some
prejudices, even though you’ve been a victim of prejudice your whole life.” Nobody wants to hear that, but that’s a
part of what’s happening. And so, without ever relaxing our relentless
fight for justice for the people who have been traditionally left out we also have to
start opening our heart a little bit more and our ears a little bit more for people
who may now newly be feeling left out, either because of their economic situation—it’s
stagnant or declining—or maybe because they just don’t fit in to the new arrangement
the way they used to and so they may have some hurts, they may have some ouchies, they
may have some need for a hug and some understanding. And that’s the next level. Once we do that we’ll be fine. I believe we can peel off enough people who
may have voted for Trump (or who may have stayed home) that we’ll be alright. But if we’re not willing to look in the
mirror, we’re going to end up where we’re headed, and where we’re headed is very bad. —— I think the fundamental thing that I would
say to conservatives is that it appears that what we used to call conservatism has been
replaced by something else, and a very sneaky set of maneuvers has given us not true conservatism
but just anti-liberalism, and that that is a fundamental problem. A conservative would defend America from all
enemies, foreign and domestic, including any allegation that a foreign power tried to mess
with our democracy. We would expect our conservative friends to
be at the forefront of defending American democracy, but that is no longer kosher because
it would put you in bed with the liberals who are screaming about Russian interference. “And so I’m not going to defend the country
because I’ve got to stay anti-liberal,” they’ve got to be against the liberals. There are so many conservative opportunities
in unlikely communities, so many opportunities for conservatives to make real progress in
unlikely communities, but for some reason they don’t do it. Who is more passionate about marriage and
adoption than Republicans (who are pro-family and anti-abortion) and lesbian and gay couples
(who want to get married and adopt kids)? So the two biggest champions of marriage and
adoption don’t work together because Republicans don’t see their ally—they literally don’t
see that the LGBT community is actually the ONE community in America whose marriage rates
are going up, as opposed to all the rest of us, and who understand the need for adoption
and fight for it. The Muslim community should be embraced and
celebrated by conservatives, because look at the work ethic, look at the low-level divorce
rate, look at the incredible premium on entrepreneurship and education, look at the commitment to family
and faith. The Muslim community should be ripe picking
for conservatives, but instead they’re Al Qaeda, they’re all lumped into the most
negative category. The same with African Americans. The two strongest institutions in the black
community? Hip-hop and the church. Churchgoers? That’s some Republican stuff. Mostly Democrats are on a secular thing, or
“spiritual but not religious.” African-Americans incredibly strong churchgoers. Hip-hop? Nobody is rapping about being on welfare,
it’s about entrepreneurship, it’s about material access, and that’s very, very consistent
with republican values. But the only thing you hear about black folks
on a lot of the conservative TV stuff is all negative. There’s no celebration of our religiosity
or our entrepreneurial drive, it’s just all “look at these lazy criminals.” Well, when you don’t find a way to connect
with African-Americans, Muslims, LGBT stuff, the stuff you actually agree on? That’s when people start asking tough questions
about “what is this?” Conservatism? It seems to be marbled with a lot of stuff
that has nothing to do with conservative ideas: Some anxieties, some maybe bigotries, some
antagonisms, maybe some white solidarity identity politics or white grievance politics. Something else is in the batter than just
conservative ideas, because conservative ideas can play very well across the demographic
spectrum. And so I don’t want Republicans to stop being
Republicans. I think I’ve never seen a bird fly with only
a left wing or only a right wing, a bird needs two wings to fly, so you need conservatives,
you need liberals. But we need better conservatives. We need conservatives who really are willing
to put the country first, who not only just saying, “Well I’m not prejudiced, I would’ve
never…” Well don’t just say it! Then show it, do it. You’re concerned about what’s going on
in Chicago and you want to say “look at those black people killing each other.” No: those are Americans dying in Chicago. “Police are killing black people.” No, police are killing unarmed Americans. American police are killing unarmed Americans. Show up. Go to the funerals. Talk to the grandmas. Show how your conservative ideas can help. Jack Kemp did that. I haven’t seen a Jack Kemp Republican since
he died. So you asked the question, what I say to conservatives? I would say: “stay conservative.” I’m going to stay liberal. We can constructively disagree and make the
country better. I’m going to try to make the Democrats better,
but you’ve got to try to make Republicans better. It’s not that you’re conservative, it’s
that you’ve now become—you’ve curdled into something that’s more anti-liberal
than actually for ideals and ideas that can appeal to everybody and bring the country
together. Get back to that and we’ll be better off.

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100 thoughts on “Exposing Liberal Hypocrisy and Conservative Close-Mindedness | Van Jones

  1. For some 15 years I've disagreed with virtually everything this man has spoken, but this was really good; it was well thought out and nuanced. This kind of talk is necessary in today's insane political environment.

  2. Share this video. I have said this for decades. As a healthcare worker seeing more woman in the hospital is great but ive encounterd woman who act like men did back i say in the 50s. So instead of a great place to work thats focused on healing its now the womans club instead of the 59s mens club. Doing what others did to them instead of leading inclusive work place. My skill set is broad but refined through yeas of practice. Ive been passed for jobs while later hearing from friends the young woman who are fired or quit because its hard. Few times they succeed. Meanwhile i see this and cant help to feel it looks like simple favortism. So im going to school for another job type in medicine that now has a near equal hire rate.

  3. You’re giving Conservatives way too much credit. Conservatism is and always has been about protecting the hierarchy, keeping “Us” at the top and “Them” at the bottom. Just because their are two wings in democracy doesn’t mean both are good or both are necessary. If a bird has a wing that is cancerous and full of tumors it will not be able to fly and if it doesn’t rid itself of that wing, it will die.

  4. This guy was one of those talking heads who helped foment the terrific discord of the past generation. If he has grown up, perhaps there is hope.

  5. I respect Vam but I think his comparison of values vs money between rich and poor is wrong. Rich people can put their values before money because they have their basic needs such as food, shelter and protection covered. Therefore they can move up in the Maslow pyramid of needs. Poor people will always try to put their money ahead of their principles because money is what will cover those basic needs to start with. I still believe that uneducated Republicans continue to vote republican precisely because of their lack of education and their inability to discern fact from myth that they are being told. Hope is a strong addictive.

  6. GOOD!!! Amen Brother! Isms!!! Very Bad! COMMUNEism SOCIALism CAPITALism TOTALITARIANism AUTHORATARIANism CONSERVATism LIBERALism anybody who says America is one of these is the enemy because they are effectivevely are trying to reduce US from a DEMOCRACY which can any and or all of those and more to one single school of thought. An ISM. NEO-LIBERALISM NEO-NAZIISM no Thankyou! DEMOCRACY!

  7. If you are a liberal and don’t have any conservative views or don’t at least understand why people would feel that way you are an ignorant person. Likewise if you are a conservative person and don’t have one relatively liberal view or at least understand why people would have those beliefs you are an ignorant person.

  8. conservatism at it's core is based on a penchant for slavery and stark contrast between classes. unfortunately for them this is no longer a viable means of conducting a cohesive society.

  9. Lol, liberals will never learn. Hate on fools. You won't be fine until you escape the plantation that you willingly reside upon. Russia – hahahahahahahaha!!

  10. Calling Trump's victory a "Whitelash against a changing nation" is certainly disrespecting the half of the country that voted Trump. But I'm happy to see this liberal CNN host coming to some level of sense.

  11. It's not that liberals are putting our values over our self interest. I am investing in the future of america. That is in my self interest. Find a better example. An educated population is in all of our best interest. I agree we have to listen with respect. I agree it's anti liberalism. And we have science deniers and people who believe and do not learn. Now we have the Mueller report which people have opinions about based on misinformaton and didn't read. That is a problem.

  12. I remember in 1978 someone wrote a letter to the local news paper about the Democrats and the Republicans. It went like this.
    The Democrat like a braying dumb donkey whines for the rights of criminals and murderers while trampling on the right of victims of crime.
    The Republican like a mindless bigoted elephant that tramples on the civil rights of many types people and screws the poor.
    No wonder most people don't vote. Make more sense now than even then.

  13. While he bring in a lot of good points about debates between liberal and conservatives. He spends way way too much time focusing on what is wrong with conservatives. He hides it with other good points but he has a lot of ad hominem attacks on conservatives and nothing about what the liberals are doing.

  14. Van Jones is a good man and smart too, because he has a really good point. But one thing he leaves out is that liberals have been accepting hate from conservatives since the 90’s. That is a Loooooong time to be smeared, demeaned and called evil. We are sick of it. Two wrongs don’t make a right and I know this is what he is pointing out. But our attempts to treat others with respect is seen as a weakness. Conservatives need to own their own ugliness as well as liberals owning their act of superiority. The lack of civil discourse is pushed by pundits who have zero lack of accountability in doing so.

  15. You're a fucking idiot!
    If you dont want snap benefits no body is putting a goddamn gun to your head making you go apply for them.
    If you don't need unemployment benefits no body is putting a goddamn gun to your head to make you go apply for them.
    And to try to fucking insinuate the GOP is the pro family choice is pure unadulterated bull shit, period!
    To try to say Muslim brothers and sisters would be who of themselves to support conservatism is absolutely outrageous. The Muslim ban is *STILL IN EFFECT*.
    You dumbass conservatives should just shut the fuck up!
    Your hypocrisy is glaring.

  16. This man has completely explained the trend here in Canada as to why our votes have become conservative. People on the left are blown away that our left wing NDP governments in the provinces have been replaced by majority conservative governments (here in Alberta the voting was overwhelmingly in favour of conservatives). These left wing parties built a platform of slander and insulting people who disagree with them. They labeled them white supremacists (even the black Nigerian immigrant running for the conservative party), and anti immigration (even the black Nigerian immigrant running for the conservative party), and talk down on them, calling anyone who would vote for them bigots. They got ousted because of this, not because people favoured the conservative policies. The votes were made as a choice between supporting real bigotry and the very colonial attitude he described, and those wanting to limit government to prevent such bigotry and colonial attitude from taking power. It was a simple decision.

  17. The constant whining from both sides is the main reason I don't care to much for political parties or the government as much anymore. I literally go to bunch of places and met different people from loads of backgrounds or whatever else there are. And surprisingly not once have I ever got denied or gotten bullshit because of my race. It one of the reasons why I don't fall for the liberal bubble, but I definitely do be seeing some problems and stuff that most people yes people have to go through to have a good life. And if I ever mention a problem that minorities or women have to face to face oh like you said gay people. But conservative are too old school and old values to except any change. Which is why I am only a free thinker. I don't believe in race, gender, or sexual orientation, or religion or whatever else out there. I actually see individual actions I rather see good and hardworking men and women who is actually doing great things than a bunch of hypocrites who get irritated on every single topic.

  18. Here's what he's saying, in a nutshell… and I agree with him… People should be motivated by IDEAS and ISSUES, not parties or other labels. The number of people who pass judgement based on parties or labels, us truly, truly sad. Frankly, it's lazy. We can and should be better than that. I would probably disagree with a good amount of Mr. Jones's political ideas. But he was 100% right here.

  19. HOLY SHIT! Five minutes in and it actually makes me want to shake Van Jones' hand! I almost don't want to keep watching because I'm afraid that he'll say something stupid (like usual). But I swear to God, if I bumped into Van Jones today, I'll shake his hand for this — Even if he didn't write this. Just for putting his face on this manifesto. "Putting value before money." "Watch BOTH news channels." Bravo, Mr. Jones. I can't think of the last time I agreed with a CNN spokesman this much.

  20. Respectful arguments can only occur when there are opposing viewpoints using the same set of facts. When you just make up your own "facts" to support your beliefs or continue to use "facts" that have been debunked, you don't deserve any respect whatsoever.

  21. I remember seeing Van Jones at Georgia Southern when he came to give a speech, just like years ago when I heard him speak, amazing insight!

  22. Let's try it out in real life, o we have, leftist policies suck and keep people down. Fifty years have left people behind.

  23. American democracy? This is a constitutional republic. Study why the founders set us up that way. It is a huge reason the country has lasted this long.

  24. Well said. At some point people stopped tolerating opposing opinions and started demanding acceptance of their opinion. This is a childish position to take because it assumes you are right. As with most things, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

    EDIT: I disagree with your categorization of conservatives as having morphed into something other than conservatism. In Canada at least, liberals have given no clear path to the goals that we all share. Why wouldn't I want clean air? Why wouldn't I want clean water? Why wouldn't I want to stop greenhouse gasses? It all sounds great! So the question becomes, how do we do it? In my opinion, the problem with the liberals in Canada is that they offer no real solutions. Tax the polluters! That does not change the fact that we all have to drive a car to work. That does not change the fact that we all get our groceries from trucks. These are not real solutions. These are regressive taxes on those that can afford it the least. Real solutions are, for example, the researcher at the university of Calgary who found a way to convert carbon emissions into carbon fibers. Nothing short of awesome work on her part (and a hero by any measure). So what do we do? I propose this: find actual solutions that reduce the negative outcomes. Electric cars? Awesome! Let's work on research that gets this mainstream (e.g. better batteries and a way to produce the electricity without killing the environment). Taxing someone because they use the current infrastructure to do what we all do is not a solution. It is the worst kind of regressive tax! They have no choice and the Canadian liberals are preying on them. It is nothing short of disgusting. With that said, we have to come together with tolerance. This is the foundation of western society. I don't need to accept you, but I will tolerate you, and I will defend your rights to be who your are so long as we tolerate each other (i.e. your rights end where my nose begins).

    Edit 2: okay, we definitely do not agree. Maybe the muslim divorce rate is so low because the muslim men beat their wives into submission, then shove them into bags as a way to be in public because the muslim men have not taken responsibility for their actions when they see a woman outside of a burka. Why do muslim women cover up? Is it because they should show no "sexual" form in public, or is it because muslim men would rather shift responsibility of their unacceptable behavior onto the women? It's the 21st century and somehow men are not being held responsible for their actions. It's the woman's fault for being too sexy. How absolutely absurd is that?!?! Maybe Gillette would be more credible in their man-shaming if they took on an actual issue like shoving women into bags in public.

    Edit 3: so hip-hop is about entrepreneurship? How many "hoes" does a pimp need? Is entrepreneurship being equated to human trafficking? I don't hear a lot of raps about starting a bakery.

    Edit 4: We actually need better liberals. There is no place for intolerance in our country, regardless of who that comes from. That does not mean we accept hate. If you say you want to eliminate the Jews, well, that's hate. If I believe in pro-life, that's not hate. If I think all pro-choicers should be killed, that's hate. (note: I am actually pro-choice). Tolerance. That's the key and it has been all along. We have somehow lost our way. If you want to practice pro-life, that is your choice. If you want to practice pro-choice, that your choice (it's your body). If you want to commit genocide, that is hate (your rights end where my nose begins).

    In spite of our differences, I understand and applaud what you are saying. While we differ on the specifics, the goal is tolerance. Most people can't get consensus on 3 topics. We have to acknowledge this. This is why tolerance is so important. This is also why we have separation of church and state. The common good is universal. Individual details are not.

  25. liberals like this really, really, need to clean their own rooms before being let loose near anyone else's stuff

  26. I never took this guy seriously especially after he called the election results in 2016 a “whitelash”
    Something seems fishy

  27. I understand his point about them actually putting their values on front of money yet they're still "voting against their own economic self-interest and its because they're not well educated, if they really understood what was goin on they would never vote for these people because they're voting against their economic self-interest, which is stupid.", since right wing ideology is still pushing us back from the revolution against this late stage capitalism, clearly trying to maintain the status quo.Even though left wing reflection on actual modern politics isn't the best one, with the exception of Bernie Sanders bc hes talking facts (kinda outdated statement for the video). We need to always push it to the left side, we need to normalize Marx ideals onto the masses. My point being yes, they're still being uneducated about political ecology.

  28. There are indeed differences between CNN and Fox, but one is real and the other is fiction. The distinction between them has gone way beyond a mere intransigence of unwillingness to consider someone else's opinion. Rather the distinction has now flared into (a) a blatant embrace of fantastical fiction along with a severe fear of the future, on the one hand, and (b) attempts to move forward into the 21st century, on the other. Bottom line, and subsequent to today's GOP having been permeated from top to bottom by fundamentalist bull-crap, the landscape we now occupy is comprised of two camps: "Red" voters, who support fiction and anti-science and anti-American nonsense, and "Blue" voters, who support reality and who are doing their best to move forward into the 21st century.

  29. And it’s funny, because just this morning I was curious to google any possible progressive republicans running for office in 2020, to which I found absolutely no examples, or even information….. Why?? Because I know they must exist, and anyone who disagrees is being far too righteous in their own limited views. We must all learn to become completely open to one another if we are ever to truly rise up, as individuals, and collectively.

  30. Far more Leftist news outlets. I HAVE TO watch CNN. Where would Fox be if they gave Trump the debate questions like CNN did with Hillary?? Perhaps the media take over of news IS the backlash factory. Also, the rich voting for ME paying for social services via taxes is not noble. Because in the end they are not affected like me. $20k out of pocket since ACA. I make 28k per year! 4 more years!

  31. I have to respectfully disagree on some of the points you made on liberal hypocrisy.

    When liberals support raising taxes on the wealthy, which also includes some wealthy liberals, their support of tax increases on the wealthy is not voting against their own interests. That is a false equivalence. Because no amount of tax increase will ever affect their wealth generating assets. Unlike raising taxes on the middle and working class Americans, (Ex.Tariffs on China) 97% off all Americans are a crisis away (medical expenses, lost job) from falling behind.

    Van Jones you should know better than to peddle such a bad example to illustrate how fair and balance you are.

    As I liberal myself, I do read, NYT and WSJ. I watch/listen to CNN and NPR. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do, in order to be a well informed citizen. I don’t watch/listen to Fox News or conservative radio because they have a habit of obfuscating relevant facts to help me be a well informed citizen. I can still empathize the conservative paradigm minus the propaganda. I have yet to witness conservatives exercise that same behavior of critical thinking required to be a well informed US citizen.

  32. A year and a half later, this all rings differently. I appreciate Van Jones's attempts to grasp the hypocrisies and misses in both parties; I just don't think he hits the mark on a lot of his points.

  33. I don't remember ever hearing conservatives describe black people as "lazy criminals." I have only ever heard liberals accuse conservatives of doing this.

  34. Sir, while I commend you for being open-minded enough to see beyond party lines and trying to see people where they are, I have to address your takeaway: that conservatives are good, but real conservatives need to take back our party. I think you could use a little more examination of your own party right now. You addressed elitists within your own party. But what you did not recognize is that much of your party is being gradually coopted by postmodern neo-marxist social justice warriors who literally believe that the very philosophical foundations upon which our constitution was founded are the result of some oppressive racist patriarchy, and want to replace it with something else. They openly attack the first amendment and declare any and all opposition to their radical agenda as hate speech. This movement, I believe, is far more dangerous than Donald Trump or "Russian collusion." I have no real problem with liberals like you. But as an American I will not stand idly by and watch radicals replace our government with something so contrary to its founding principles, while more moderate democrats blindly pander to them.

  35. @ ~ 5:00 re: rich vs 'poor' voting against economic interest/for moral values interest… very true, good point. BUT there IS a still a difference here that should not be ignored or forgotten. The rich have plenty of money and will continue to no matter which party is in the momentary majority, or which whether the POTUS is red or blue. The poor, on the other hand, are far more likely to experience noticeable and significant changes to their lives because they are far more volatile financially and can quickly & easily go from getting by to NOT being able to pay their bills putting them at much greater risk of homelessness, poor physical & mental health, and a host of other challenges. They are actually willing to truly sacrifice a certain amount of their comfort, safety & security for what they believe to be in support of their moral values. Whether that payoff is actually realized, or to what degree it is, is not often obvious or distinct.

  36. Disrespect… disregard… INDEED! Big mistakes of the left.
    And in the 1.5 years since this was made, things have gotten so much worse! And the those on the left have really lost their minds and started promoting some of the most absurd and illogical ideologies that I can not get behind any of it at all!
    This drive to be AGAINST the "other side" above all else—which is happening on both sides to comparatively ludicrous degrees—really needs to stop! Or rather: MOVE! One way or another, because this situation is like some horrible form of constipation, but affecting every level of government and legislation. It's out of control and beyond ridiculous…

  37. Sorry, but I took the high ground for decades and kept the conversation civil. I was repaid by consistent name-calling, misinformation, and downright stupidity. I took the gloves off recently in my curmudgeonly old age and refuse to suffer fools any longer. The Faux Nooz echo chamber is tearing this nation apart for the benefit of a couple million people, at most. It is as close to evil as I have ever personally experience (I know, I have lived a sheltered life, but I have heard of greater evils). In comparison, the Democrats are acceptable, though I sure wish there was a liberal party to support that would at least listen to a majority of the people of this land.

  38. I read somewhere that we are In a “post truth world”. And I thought about that. And after learning a lot about the science of emotion and how we have gone throughout all of human history not understanding this emotional logic that is just as important for getting to the truth as the cognitive logic. There are 2 sides of our brain, and if we barely had an understanding of one side, and uptill now never understood the emotional side, how on earth did we ever thing we arrived at a “truth world”? We think things got worse, I would argue we just finally saw how we are. It may have exacerbated somethings. But until we have a strong unified way of truly understanding “how we come to know things”. And even an understanding of “how we get to the truth” and the nuanced time dependent cultural dependent nature of individuals truth. Until truth becomes its own religion and process until we can unite science<>philosophy<>religion We will not have arrived at a “truth world”.

    The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.

  39. Hold isn't this the same man who said publicly "that this was a white lash against a black president" and now he wants to be interested of an opposing ideals for open dialogue. I strongly doubt him and his genuineness to this topic.

  40. Koch funded libertarian propaganda… KISS MY ASS! (Big Think is a joke!)

    Reality is a false dichotomy, and people who can't see that are just ignorant. The oligarch class, would like you to keep on keeping on with this type of bullshit thinking.
    This guy is either a shill, an idiot or both! (probably both)

  41. This guy basically just spelled out why I am a classic liberal (or libertarian); because I don’t see myself represented by neither conservatives nor democrats.

  42. Isn't this the same guy who angrily played the race card and described Trump's victory as A White Lash? And speaking of siding with the enemies of these United States, does he really, truly, think that Linda Sarsour, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are friends of America? I'm just giving him the benefit of doubt because he's trying to come across as fair and speaking the truth from time to time like the time he admitted that the Russia Collusion was but a Nothing Burger, albeit insinuating it again in this video! Furthermore, how much does he really know about Islam? I'm asking this as a middle eastern immigrant from Muslim background myself. Doesn't he know that Islam orders Muslims to spread across the world and reproduce until they dominate the world? Does he know that Islam is not even a religion but rather a cult with ambition of world domination? I mean he's a journalist right? Can't he just investigate these facts about Islamic teachings? Can't he see that Islam is fundamentally antisemitic. Can't he see the behavior of Muslims in the US Congress? On a final note, where exactly did he Expose The Hypocrisy of The Liberals as the title of the video suggests? Nice try brother but at the end of the day, you work for CNN and no one who has an iota of ethics and integrity would work for CNN.

  43. Ultimately the difference between liberals and conservatives is individualism vs collectivism. Conservatives believe in hierarchies and liberals believe in an individual’s freedom to ascend and move between hierarchies. Social democrats at the same time believe in systematically helping individuals to artificially close the distance between steps on the hierarchy, because they deem that the individual isn’t always lucky enough to do so only based on merit.

  44. Same guy that slammed Trump on Russian collusion over and over on TV then said in an undercover video said there was none. Same guy that said Trumps election was a white lash, and the same people elected Obama twice. Opinion null and void.

  45. 2:55 but that's reality.. that's is what they are and that is what we need to do. It might sound bad, but doesn't help sugar coating it either.

  46. Van Jones bought the Clintonian Russia propaganda as a distraction to who really subverted our democracy.

  47. Voices like Van's keeps it real and his demeanor is kryptonite to every fanaticism. You shore up my very guarded hope, Van. Thank You, Sir. Please don't rule out political office. I'm with you.

  48. Maybe this proves his point, but the mere fact that Van Jones is saying something reasonable (whether or not he actually believes it) improves my opinion of him. That's how low my opinion of him was.

  49. As someone who lives in the south, let me cast away your misunderstanding of us. We are ignorant, backwater, uneducated poor people who vote against their own self interests, but we are washed. We are big on showers and baths.

  50. I agree to him on his points. However I can't see eye to eye on the Israel Palestinian conflict.
    Most Palestinians don't want a two-state solution but to entirely replace Israel as they perceive Israel as colonizers.
    Even though neither Jews nor Arabs controlled Ottoman (Turkish) Palestine.
    So why on earth do Liberals support Palestinians?
    I mean I get it, don't see all Muslims as Al Qaeda.
    But tell me of ONE Muslim-majority country that doesn't have an in-group identity that isn't in direct conflict with Western values and post-Holocaust Jewish self determination?
    That's my triggering point with Liberals where I just lose all trust. I should also mention that I survived an Islamist terrorist attack when I was visiting Israel in 2006 and a rocket shot from Lebanon (Hezbollah) fell near me. I hid in a bomb shelter for days.
    Otherwise I'm pro-abortion, pro same-sex marriage, pro coexistence, pro diversity. But if Liberals aren't going to stand with Israel then I don't want to hear anything about seeing traditional liberal groups as potential conservative partners. Crudely said: You can't enjoy human rights and liberties if someone else kills you.

  51. Conservatives will always be upset and pissed off. Being angry is the entire point of being conservative. Have you ever met a conservative who wasn't angry???

  52. But the problem is 99.9% of liberals know they are right and will never listen to anyone with a different opinion period! 99.9% of the time liberals contradict themselves. I'll give just one example of this (but there are several more) that is hot in the media these days. Most liberals are all for abortion even extreme late term abortion. Yet the same people are appalled at how they think the illegal immigrant children are being treated at our southern border. Lol sure they are! So it's ok to kill thousands of American children but don't you dare detain an illegal immigrant child. Get the fuck out of here with that noise!

  53. Viewing this video in Jul 02 2019, on principle he's right, in practice, it changed for the worst for the progressives. Conservatives could almost agree on this, but could clarify some things to mr Van Jones. (as I've mentioned, lots has happened in the meantime)

  54. I’m a black woman (and was a closet conservative) who is finding out that Van Jones is probably a closet conservative.

  55. I've been all over the country, and I've noticed one thing kind of funny. The red states are the most racially inclusive, and the blue states are still the most segregated. I think definitions are still rather skewed. Why do people say Republicans are racist? They ended slavery, they fought for civil rights, and I have yet to meet one Republican that is "racist." I hear the far right religious Republicans say things like, "God loves all his children, and to treat all equally." Party definitions are based on a lot of lies and dishonesty.

  56. Its called idealogical subversion. I couldn't understand how one of the biggest criminals in US history was nominated for president so I started doing rechearch and I found alot of complete insanity. When it comes Down to it we need new parties. That's why the liberal agenda is dead because people can now see that it was a farce. Pretend to be for the people so you can get elected and cause more damage to make them need government even more. I would rather buy a bag of shit that is properly labeled than buy the bag of shit that is pretending to be candy. There is no way in hell I'm going to support eating shit just because the media makes it look popular. That's why it didn't work. Unfortunately people are too consumed to learn what is actually happening and the shit candy will continue to be popular for some time. I just hope it's not too late for America to wake up and be what it can be. Maybe my kids will live in a world similar to the one my grandparents lived in where you can be compensated for doing a good job. A world that wont judge you for doing the right thing.

  57. He lost me when he said offencive because people bend that word to a different level so much as if you get a bad haircut that's offencive. A my teacher called me racist for saying bye Felicia how the hell does that makes sense

  58. van jones is a bought and paid for racist liberal journalist who has been on george soros' payroll for YEARS dating back before his green jobs position in obamas cabinet. a job from which he was fired for being too racist and extremist.

  59. It’s sad to think that this guy made some pretty good points and people blew him off because he was liberal. Right when he stated his political party I thought, “You shouldn’t have done that.”

  60. He just doesn't get it… Can't hear himself… Race, Race, Race…. White Guy… Black Guy…. He just can't stop… It's about Freedom Van Jones…

  61. A hypocrisy of Andrew Scheer Conservative opposition & a Narrow mindedness of Trudeau Siding Liberals . 🇨🇦

  62. if northern liberals hadn't told the red neck, dumbbell confederates slavery was wrong, there'd still be slaves. if the northern liberals hadn't imposed affirmative action on the south (which in most places hadn't been able to find even 1 qualified black in 100 years) there'd still be all white fire department, police departments, etc. etc. every dumbbell president we've elected (reagan, dopey W, trump) had the full support of all the confederate states.

  63. You have some points, but people should be held accountable for their own actions. The government isn't daddy. Thats why I can't stand behind liberals. All the damn entitlement programs. Now they want to extend that too illegals, when our own citizens are being left behind. The polices liberals are for keep people dependent.

  64. I appreciate where he’s coming from but it’s not fully baked. I don’t identify with people saying that they choose to suffer for nobility. I’ve never heard in a rags to riches story that the kid who worked 4 jobs for a decade to get into university looks back and says “I’m so glad my parents voted against their best economic interests so that I could learn the values of hard work in life”. Perhaps he’s shooting examples from the hip, so I get it, but he should listen to Sam Harris and perhaps he could come up with some better examples. But at least he’s starting the conversation. Keep learning everyone.

  65. Conservativism is what it’s always been, but when the liberals (and I know because I was one) slander every.single.conservative candidate, even the most milquetoast Republicans like Mitt Romney as a greedy, racist, homophobic, misogynistic bigot who only cares about their wealthy donors and wants “to put y’all back in chains…” eventually you’re going to get a double-barrel middle finger salute in the form of a Donald Trump, who if you take away the rhetoric, has governed across the board as a traditional conservative. It’s funny, I always ask my liberal friends if Donald Trump is worse than George W. Bush and everyone of them says “yes“ without missing a beat. 1.5 million dead, millions more displaced, 2 countries in ruins, and at a cost of over 2 trillion dollars and somehow he’s better than a guy who tweets mean things sometimes. Their logic really defies explanation.

  66. He is right about the concepts. But still disagree on his approach. Modern conservatives are different we want to hold values that work for foundations to build up our communities and country while stopping the degredation through bad policy and bad ideas. Coupled with striving for a better more perfect and fair union.

  67. As someone that leans more so on the conservative side, it's kind of scary and ridiculous how most people on the right are falling into the typical, close-minded conservative mindset. All for the sake of responding against the lefts radical progression to "diversity".

  68. Good video. I like the overall message that Van Jones expresses; that the best thing that citizens can do is talk and listen to each other, and learn from each other's different viewpoints.

    I agree, a bird can only fly with two wings, but like any living organism it is made up of many diverse individual parts that keep the organism functioning.

    The same goes for any democratic republic; it is made up of many different and diverse types of people with different ideas.

    Hence, I don't think one can simplify citizens into just liberal or conservative camps.

    E pluribus unum.

  69. Liberal are retarded shits and should get put in a prison exposed to radiation and the gassed by an airplane I mean like half the time they don’t even know what they’re protesting against and like 10% of them explain with bogus info from the fake liberal news site and channel CNN they think with they feelings they shat out their fucking ass and don’t use their goddamn brain the we evolved for millions of years

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