These days, discussing politics is one of those things that gets people’s blood boiling. From developments in North Korea to US foreign policy and now the Coronavirus outbreak, everyone seems to have an opinion about the events of the month.
Among these people are a select few who appear to be informed and have either gathered a large audience or provide deep commentary on very complex subjects, diligently searching through history for a starting point to modern events.
Unsurprisingly, some of the most sought-out political influencers online can be found on YouTube, since Instagram – and for that matter, other social networks like Twitter – do not necessarily provide the best environment for deep political discussions to flourish.
In this list, rather than showing a list of the largest political channels on YouTube, we’re throwing in a few curveballs in the form of some interesting channels that take a different approach to discuss politics.
5: TheYoungTurks, with the largest following on the platform.
With over 4.6 million followers and 4.7 billion total views on its channel, TYT is the largest politically-oriented channel on YouTube. It’s a great hit with progressives, mainly covering issues with a point of view that comes from a left-leaning perspective.
This channel has been around for nearly 15 years at the time of this writing, being one of the oldest channels that has maintained this level of success sustainably. Although view counts have been trickling down very lightly for the last few years, weekly averages are holding strong for this channel.
4: The Daily Wire, the largest channel on the other side of the aisle.
Boasting an impressive 1.8 million followers and nearly half a billion total views, with personalities like Ben Shapiro and Andrew Klavan, The Daily Wire is bar none the largest conservative podcast in America.
Aside from being another right-leaning channel, a weekly podcast known as the Sunday Special is hosted there, where Shapiro goes out of his way to invite guests with different viewpoints for a lengthy and deep discussion on several different topics, including things they completely disagree on.
3: VisualPolitik, discussing geopolitical events as they happen, on the dot.
Not many people know who Simon Whistler is, but perhaps it’s about time they find out. If you’re at all into the political sphere, and you are looking for something other than discussions that lean in your direction, VisualPolitik does a very good job of breaking down current events in a way that doesn’t give it a slant.
Viewers from outside the US can also appreciate Whistler’s commentary on world politics. He touches on current events in the EU, Asia, the Middle East, organizations like NATO, and even goes into detail with updates from the Caribbean.
2: Caspian Report, for those who want the non-Anglophone perspective.
Much like VisualPolitik, Shirvan Neftchi’s CaspianReport provides commentaries on several political events with a data-driven approach. A touch of his perspective comes from his Armenian background, providing an Eastern viewpoint on things going on in the world.
However, CaspianReport takes things a bit further and even makes forecasts that contain Shirvan’s best guesses for what the future in one particular region of the world will look like. Although there may be a slight slant in some of his commentary, he provides a fresh and unique look at how the world is evolving politically.
1: Lauren Chan provides a conservative view on millennial issues.
All of the channels in this list either provide a progressive perspective that millennials can attach themselves to or do not target millennials at all. Lauren Chan fills a void with a rare conservative perspective on issues that millennials specifically care about.
She doesn’t shy away from controversy; most of the topics she speaks about give her plenty of heat. But with her wit and experience in politics, she delivers fresh (albeit sometimes clickbaity) content that unveils “the other side” of things in a way that touches base with several people in her own generation.
Whether you’re on the left or the right, anywhere in between, or nowhere on the political spectrum, if you have an interest in politics, all of these channels have something to offer you. This is especially true if all of the viewpoints expressed by the channel are things that you vehemently disagree with.
Get to know the other side, and at the same time, you may find some really eye-opening perspectives that help expand your knowledge of the world around you.