Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias


Writer and editor, Slow Boring. Senior Fellow, Niskanen Center. Bloomberg columnist. Vaxxed and relaxed. These tweets are worth what you pay for them.

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I mean the obvious answer is that Hillary Clinton should have adopted more moderate positions on issues in 2016, allowing her to win slightly more votes and become president. That’s the central failure of Democratic strategy over the past decade.

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@ElieNYC  You did, is the thing. You said that I’ve been busy defending the right of white guys to make jokes without consequences. I have in fact not been doing that at all. This is the reason your effort to engage has gone south.

Since 2012, Democrats have adopted more progressive positions on a very wide range of issues. The goal, I assume, was to enact more progressive policies. But the actual result has been to contribute to the opposite happening.

But one function of Roe, traditionally, was to block Republicans from overreaching. Now they certainly will in some states and likely will on a national level as well — there’s a huge opportunity to re-seize the political high ground.

There is *nothing* more lame than telling people to “vote harder” as a response to a gutting Supreme Court case — it’s lame lame lame lame lame lame. But it’s also true that state-level abortion policy will very closely correlate with partisan balance in state legislatures.

It feels like there are three pieces per week on EA Forum with the thesis that an increase in EA funding could be counterintuitively bad and nobody ever rights a post with the boring but more correct-sounding thesis that it’s good.

I guess my slightly spicy EA take is that there’s too much complacency about not being funding constrained, and it would actually be really useful to raise dramatically more money.

@chrislhayes  It is worth saying that “provoking the other side into an insane violent response that discredits them in the eyes of normal people” is a pretty classic mode through which non-violent protest works.

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Occasional reminder that the entire purpose of the US-Saudi alliance is that in the event of a geopolitical crisis with Russia they are supposed to pump extra oil and stabilize prices but they’re just … not doing it.

For all its very real problems, one shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the contemporary United States of America is one of the best places to live in all of human history and there’s a reason tons of people of all kinds from all around the world clamor to move here.

At the end of the day there was no conservative “long game” on Roe and the Courts, it’s just that Anthony Kennedy as one individual human being chose to do a strategically timed retirement and Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not.

The rise and fall of dating your coworker is an interesting lens on American society.

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Can you turn nuclear plants back on? Asking for a friend.

The 2020 murder surge very disproportionately affected Black victims.

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People like to blame Democrats for everything that happens, but there's going to be a very clear correlation between partisan control of state legislatures and who bans abortion.

When mRNA vaccines first arrived it happened so rapidly that we got excited about the ability to pivot rapidly to new variant-optimized vaccines if necessary. Now we have new, highly transmissible variants that significantly reduce existing vaccine efficacy and … crickets.

I think a lot of people don’t know this relationship has a U-shape.

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I know the smart take on this is that it’s just a weird series of coincidences but it really is funny how stark the partisan difference in employment gains is

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