Matt Bruenig

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Matt Bruenig
Born Matthew Bruenig
1988/1989 (age 29–30)
Residence Washington, DC, US[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater
  • Lawyer
  • policy analyst
  • commentator
Organization People's Policy Project[3]
Spouse(s) [4]

Matthew Bruenig[2] (born 1988/1989)[3] is an American lawyer, blogger, policy analyst, and commentator.[5] He was a blogger for the American think tank Demos covering politics and public policy[6] and has written on issues including income distribution, taxation, welfare, elections, and Scandinavian economic models.[7][8][9] He is married to Elizabeth Bruenig (née Stoker), an opinion writer and editor at The Washington Post.[1][10] A socialist,[11] he was a featured guest on a 2017 episode of the politics and humor podcast Chapo Trap House[12] and on The Michael Brooks Show also in 2017.[13]

In 2016, Bruenig gained notoriety after being fired from Demos in the course of public feud between him and the former Obama/Clinton policy director Neera Tanden.[14][15] Journalists who covered the matter could not determine whether Bruenig's ouster was due to his dispute with the well-connected Tanden or Bruenig's longer history of heated exchanges that some have characterized as online harassment.[16][17][18][19] The following year, Bruenig founded the People's Policy Project, a crowdfunded think tank that focuses on socialist and social democratic economic ideas.[20][21]

Bruenig's work has appeared in a range of publications including Jacobin, The Atlantic, Dissent, and The Washington Post.

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  1. ^ a b Hiatt, Fred; Marcus, Ruth; Diehl, Jackson (October 25, 2017). "Elizabeth Bruenig Joins Opinions Staff as Writer and Editor". WashPost PR Blog. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Bruenig, Matt. "Resume" (PDF). Matt Bruenig. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Hoxie, Josh (August 25, 2017). "Getting Ready for the Day the Power Structure Shifts". Institute for Policy Studies. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Santiesteban, Iván. "Elizabeth Bruenig on". Pinterest. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Bruenig, Matt (April 13, 2017). "Welfare for Everyone". Jacobin. Interviewed by Denvir, Daniel. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Posts by Matt Bruenig". Demos Policyshop.
  7. ^ McFarland, Kate (February 26, 2017). "Matt Bruenig on 'Passive Income': Viral Article and Video Interview". Basic Income Earth Network. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Campos, Paul (April 23, 2014). "Matt Bruenig Discovers Secret Motivation for Criticisms of His Insights". Lawyers Guns & Money. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Worstall, Tim (January 4, 2017). "Matt Bruenig Says the 1% Already Gets a Universal Basic Income – So Why Not One for All?". Forbes. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Building a Moral Economy: Elizabeth & Matt Bruenig". Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Law School. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Bruenig, Matt (February 11, 2017). "Nickel-and-Dime Socialism". Medium. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "Night on Bald Mountain feat. Matt Bruenig". Chapo Trap House. Episode 108. SoundCloud. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  13. ^ The Majority Report with Sam Seder (2017-12-05), TMBS - Ep. 18 - MSNBC Bows To Weird Mike & How To Reclaim Wealth ft. Matt Bruenig & Wosny Lambre, retrieved 2018-01-09
  14. ^ Trotter, J. K. (May 20, 2016). "Liberal Think Tank Fires Blogger for Rude Tweets". Gawker. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (May 23, 2016). "Is Matt Bruenig a Populist Martyr?". Slate. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Drum, Kevin (May 21, 2016). "The Great Matt Bruenig–Neera Tanden Kerfuffle Sort of Explained". Mother Jones. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "Reflections on Social Media and Our Responsibility" (Press release). Demos. May 20, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  18. ^ East, Kristen (May 21, 2016). "Progressive Blogger Fired for Calling Hillary Clinton Ally a 'Scumbag'". Politico. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  19. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (May 21, 2016). "Bruenighazi: How a Feisty Bernie Blogger's Firing Explains Democratic Politics in 2016". Vox. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "About". People's Policy Project. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "Matt Bruenig Is Creating a Think Tank". Patreon. Retrieved October 14, 2018.

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