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Matthew Yglesias
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Yglesias in 2008
Born (1981-05-18) May 18, 1981 (age 41)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
OccupationBlogger, journalist
Years active2002–present
Employer
RelativesRafael Yglesias (father)

Matthew Yglesias (/ɪˈɡlsiəs/; born May 18, 1981[1]) is an American blogger and journalist who writes about economics and politics.[2][3] Yglesias has written columns and articles for publications such as The American Prospect, The Atlantic, and Slate. In November 2020,[4] he left his position as an editor and columnist for the news website Vox, which he co-founded in 2014, to publish the Substack newsletter Slow Boring.

Early life and education[edit]

Yglesias's father Rafael Yglesias is a screenwriter and novelist, and he has a brother named Nicolas. His paternal grandparents were novelists Jose Yglesias and Helen Yglesias (née Bassine). His paternal grandfather was of Spanish-Cuban background, and his three other grandparents were of Eastern European Jewish descent.[5]

Yglesias went to high school at the Dalton School in New York City, and later attended Harvard University, where he studied philosophy.[6]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Yglesias started blogging in early 2002, while still in college, focusing mainly on American politics and public policy issues, often approached from an abstract, philosophical perspective.

Yglesias joined the American Prospect as a writing fellow upon his graduation in 2003, subsequently becoming a staff writer. His posts appeared regularly on the magazine's collaborative weblog TAPPED.[7]

From June 2007 until August 2008, he was a staff writer at The Atlantic Monthly, and his blog was hosted on the magazine's website, The Atlantic. In July 2008, he announced that he would leave The Atlantic Monthly for the Center for American Progress where he wrote for its blog, ThinkProgress, because he missed "the sense of collegiality that comes from working with like-minded colleagues on a shared enterprise" and thought he could "help advance their mission."[8] On November 21, 2011, he left ThinkProgress to work as a business and economics correspondent at Slate's Moneybox.[9][10]

Vox[edit]

In February 2014, he left Slate and joined Vox Media to co-found Vox with Ezra Klein and Melissa Bell.[11] On November 13, 2020, Yglesias announced that he would no longer be writing for Vox.com.[12] Yglesias moved to Substack for editorial independence.[13]

Controversy[edit]

In 2013, Yglesias garnered controversy for his statements about the 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse, with Yglesias arguing that the lower building standards that partially led to the factory's collapse make "economic sense"[14] in developing countries, later tweeting that "foreign factories should be more dangerous than American factories"[15][16] and "the current system of letting different countries have different rules is working fine."[17] His comments were widely criticized in The Daily Beast,[18] Time[19] and other outlets,[20][21] with The Guardian commenting that Yglesias is "confusing a person's human worth with their socio-economic status. That's wrong."[22] Yglesias later clarified some of his comments, but stood by his original position.[23]

Yglesias deleted his past Twitter feed in November 2018, after controversy over tweets which defended the motivation of protesters who gathered outside the house of Tucker Carlson. The tweets also expressed a lack of empathy for Carlson's wife, which caused outrage.[24][25][26]

Books[edit]

Yglesias authored the political nonfiction book One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger, released on September 15, 2020.[27] It was inspired by Doug Saunders' Maximum Canada.[28] According to an analysis by British digital strategist Rob Blackie, Yglesias was one of the most commonly followed political writers among Biden administration staff on Twitter.[29]

Andrew Sullivan, a fellow blogger, takes nominations on his blog for the Yglesias Award, an honor "for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe."[30][31]

Political views[edit]

In 2011, The Economist noted that Yglesias has been accused of espousing "left-leaning neoliberalism" in his writing.[32] In 2017, Vice listed Yglesias among a group of political writers who were attached with a "neoliberal shill" label in left-wing Twitter communities.[33] Yglesias himself embraced the "neoliberal shill" label in a 2019 podcast.[34]

In 2002, Yglesias was a strong supporter of invading Iraq, Iran and North Korea, calling the countries on his blog "evil" and stating that "we should take them all out", although he was critical of the term "axis of evil".[35][36] In 2010, he called his attitudes about the war a mistake.[37]

In or before 2010, Yglesias coined the term "pundit's fallacy" to denote "the belief that what a politician needs to do to improve his or her political standing is do what the pundit wants substantively."[38][39][40] In 2012, Yglesias stated that he voted for Mitt Romney when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002.[41]

Works[edit]

  • Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats, Wiley, April 2008, ISBN 978-0-470-08622-3.[42]
  • "Long Philosophical Rant about Spider-Man 2", Ultimate blogs: masterworks from the wild Web, Editor Sarah Boxer, Random House, Inc., 2008, ISBN 978-0-307-27806-7
  • "The Media", The 12-Step Bush Recovery Program, Gene Stone, Carl Pritzkat, Tony Travostino, Random House, Inc., 2008, ISBN 978-0-8129-8036-3
  • The Rent Is Too Damn High, Simon and Schuster, March 2012, ASIN B0078XGJXO
  • One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger, Portfolio Penguin, September 2020, ISBN 978-0-593-19021-0.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthew Yglesias [@mattyglesias] (April 17, 2021). "They say the nanobots take two weeks to be fully operational" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Reeve, Elspeth (March 22, 2013). "Matt Yglesias' $1.2 Million House Stokes Class Envy in Conservatives". The Atlantic. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Avard, Christian (July 22, 2008). "Matt Yglesias: A Case for Liberal Internationalism". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  4. ^ @mattyglesias (November 13, 2020). "Hey folks, some personal news" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "The Myth of Majority-Minority America". slate.com. May 22, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Matt Yglesias Bio". TheAtlantic.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith & the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War, Editor Allison Hantschel, Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Inc., 2005, ISBN 978-1-59028-049-2
  8. ^ Matthew Yglesias: Big Thinktank Matt Archived November 15, 2020, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Observer.com". Archived from the original on August 3, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Slate". Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  11. ^ Klein, Ezra (January 26, 2014). "Vox is our next". Archived from the original on February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Weeds Podcast". www.vox.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Friedersdorf, Conor (November 13, 2020). "Why Matthew Yglesias Left Vox". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (April 24, 2013). "Foreign Factories Should Be More Dangerous". Slate Magazine. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  15. ^ Beyerstein, Lindsay (April 13, 2013). "No, Matt Yglesias, Bangladeshi Workers Didn't Choose To Be Crushed To Death". In These Times. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  16. ^ "Foreign factories should be more dangerous than American factories". Twitter. Retrieved October 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Would It Not Be Easier for Matt Yglesias to Dissolve the Bangladeshi People and Elect Another?". Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  18. ^ McArdle, Megan (April 30, 2013). "Should We Force Other Countries to Be Safe?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  19. ^ Walsh, Bryan (April 29, 2013). "Fast, Cheap, Dead: Shopping and the Bangladesh Factory Collapse". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  20. ^ "Different Places Have Different Safety Rules So It's Okay If Poor, Brown People Die | The Aerogram". theaerogram.com. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  21. ^ "Fast, Cheap, Dead: Shopping and the Bangladesh Factory Collapse (Time)". Center For Global Development. May 6, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  22. ^ "The Bangladesh factory tragedy and the moralists of sweatshop economics | Maha Rafi Atal". the Guardian. April 29, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  23. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (April 26, 2013). "Some Further Thoughts on Bangladesh". Slate Magazine. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  24. ^ "Foreign Policy's Twitterati 100". Foreign Policy. August 12, 2009. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  25. ^ Byers, Dylan (April 14, 2015). "Twitter's most influential political journalists". Politico. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  26. ^ Prengel, Kate (November 8, 2018). "Matty Yglesias Has Deleted His Entire Twitter Feed". Heavy.com. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  27. ^ "One Billion Americans". One Billion Americans. July 19, 2020. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  28. ^ Saunders, Doug (September 11, 2020). "Imagine a world with a billion Americans in it. No, really". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  29. ^ Thompson, Alex; Meyer, Theodoric (January 20, 2021). "Biden 'is planning to run again' in 2024". POLITICO. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  30. ^ Sullivan, Andrew. "The Daily Dish Awards". The Daily Dish. The Atlantic. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  31. ^ Sullivan, Andrew. "Biden's Culture War Aggression". The Weekly Dish. Substack. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  32. ^ W., W. (July 18, 2011). "Everything falls apart". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  33. ^ Peyser, Eve (July 20, 2017). "Everyone Hates Neoliberals, So We Talked to Some". Vice. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  34. ^ Chief Neoliberal Shill ft. Matt Yglesias, May 8, 2019, retrieved March 15, 2022
  35. ^ "MATTHEW YGLESIAS". Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  36. ^ "HYPER-HAWKISH TNR EDITORIAL". Blogspot. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  37. ^ "Four Reasons for a Mistake". August 19, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  38. ^ Yglesias, Matthew (August 2, 2010). "The Pundit's Fallacy". ThinkProgress (blog). Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  39. ^ "This week in the pundit's fallacy". Democracy in America (The Economist). May 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  40. ^ Krugman, Paul (May 24, 2012). "How to End This Depression". The New York Review of Books. Archived from the original on November 15, 2020. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  41. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  42. ^ Wiley product page for Heads in the Sand Archived January 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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