Matt Bruenig

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Matt Bruenig
Matthew Bruenig

(1988-11-22) November 22, 1988 (age 30)
ResidenceWashington, D.C., United States[1]
Alma mater
  • Lawyer
  • policy analyst
  • commentator
OrganizationPeople's Policy Project[3]
Spouse(s) Edit this at Wikidata

Matthew Bruenig[2] (born November 22, 1988)[3][4] 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, an opinion writer and editor at The Washington Post.[1][10] A social democrat,[11] he has been a featured guest of the politics and humor podcast Chapo Trap House[12][13][14] and appeared on a 2017 episode of The Michael Brooks Show.[15]

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.[16][17] 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 track record regarding harassment controversies.[18][19][20][21] The following year, Bruenig founded the People's Policy Project, a crowdfunded think tank that focuses on socialist and social democratic economic ideas.[22][23]

Bruenig was diagnosed as autistic in adulthood and has spoken publicly about how his behavioral characteristics associated with the autism spectrum have had both positive and negative impacts on his professional life.[24]

Bruenig's writing 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. ^ Bruenig, Elizabeth. "ITS @MattBruenig's BIRTHDAY". Retrieved November 22, 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. ^ Chapo Trap House Official (2019-01-28), The Poop Touchening feat. Matt Bruenig and Ryan Cooper | Chapo Trap House, retrieved 2019-02-12
  14. ^ Chapo Trap House Official (2019-01-12), Fact Fight feat. Matt Bruenig | Chapo Trap House | Episode 239, retrieved 2019-02-12
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ Trotter, J. K. (May 20, 2016). "Liberal Think Tank Fires Blogger for Rude Tweets". Gawker. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (May 23, 2016). "Is Matt Bruenig a Populist Martyr?". Slate. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Drum, Kevin (May 21, 2016). "The Great Matt Bruenig–Neera Tanden Kerfuffle Sort of Explained". Mother Jones. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "Reflections on Social Media and Our Responsibility" (Press release). Demos. May 20, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  20. ^ East, Kristen (May 21, 2016). "Progressive Blogger Fired for Calling Hillary Clinton Ally a 'Scumbag'". Politico. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  21. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (May 21, 2016). "Bruenighazi: How a Feisty Bernie Blogger's Firing Explains Democratic Politics in 2016". Vox. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  22. ^ "About". People's Policy Project. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  23. ^ "Matt Bruenig Is Creating a Think Tank". Patreon. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  24. ^ Matt and Liz Bruenig (August 2018). "The Bruenigs: Medicare for All Fact-checking Debacle and Autism". Soundcloud (Podcast). The Bruenigs. Event occurs at 34:14. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

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