Matthew Yglesias

Matthew Yglesias

Cofounder Vox.com

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON March 22, 2016

Discussion

Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
Hi — I'm Matt Yglesias, a co-founder of Vox.com and a writer and editor for the site as well as an author of a couple of books. I mostly cover economic policy, but during this crazy campaign season I've been focused a lot on the presidential primaries. I also like to blab about the NBA and my son who just turned one earlier this month. But as an old-timey blogger, I'm both willing and eager to opine on basically anything at all. Happy to be here -- ask me anything!
chaz littlejohn
chaz littlejohn@chazdazzle · Founder, Pokeit.co
Neo-liberalism is getting a bad rap these days. Do you think Democrats are throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@chazdazzle I'm not sure that "neoliberalism" is an incredibly helpful term. What I do think is that Democrats current focus on increasing tax revenue from the top one percent in order to finance the creation of new programs is a little excessively narrow-minded. There's nothing wrong with it, but I do think there's something wrong with how dominant it is. There are a lot of areas (infrastructure comes to mind) where the biggest problem is currently how we spend, not how much we spend it. And there are a lot of areas (housing comes to mind) where the biggest problems are regulatory and not related to taxes or social spending.
Zac Gross
Zac Gross@zac_gross
How much of Vox's readership is from outside the US? Do you ever write with international readers in mind, or think you will ever set up foreign offices/stringers?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@zac_gross I haven't looked at this in a while, but the last time I checked it was about 10 percent largely from the UK/Canada/Australia. What we can't tell is how many of those people are foreigners and how many of them are Americans simply living abroad. We don't really target international audience growth right now because our ad sales are US-specific so in a sense foreign readers don't count. But in the long run I'd love to see more internationalization.
Nik Sharma
Nik Sharma@mrsharma · Director of Performance Marketing, hint
Hey Matthew, thanks for doing the PH LIVE! My question is: Everything about Vox.com is so different than any other media platform. From the design of the site, to the way the articles are written, to it's portfolio of brands. With all that, where do you see publisher advertising in the next 12 to 18 months? Do you think it will still be programmatic, or directly sold ad revenue, or do you think more pubs will adopt the BuzzFeed style, and have brands sponsor more and more content, instead? Thanks!
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@mrsharma I have no idea!
Jennifer Grygiel
Jennifer Grygiel@jmgrygiel · Assistant Professor, @NewhouseSU
Hi Matthew, I'm concerned about how social media data is being used to convey voter sentiment surrounding the election. Just wondering what your thoughts were on Twitter SOV and Google trends being used during debates etc.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@jmgrygiel I really like the increasing use of Google data in election coverage. It's very interesting, as a member of the press, to see what it is people actually want to know about stories in the news. There's more to life than search-demand, but it's in many ways a good starting point for thinking about which stories to tackle.
Jennifer Grygiel
Jennifer Grygiel@jmgrygiel · Assistant Professor, @NewhouseSU
@matthew_yglesias Agree that it's good for editorial, but I think it's being presented as poll level data and that there is not education around what Google trends actually means. Some background: http://www.thestreet.com/story/1... and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/je...
Arun Khanna
Arun Khanna@arunkhanna00
I'm curious what you feel about using an MMP proportional system(like Germany) to allow smaller parties(instead of a bunch of interest groups acting inside a party) to be elected in Congress and using IRV to elect a president(to allow people to run without worrying about splitting the vote aka Ralph Nader). Also, what affect do you think having such a system would have on polarization. Also I'm curious about your views on a Henry George LVT...
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@arunkhanna00 I think those election reform ideas are pretty sound. But as long as we are amending the constitution to press for major political reforms, I'd like us to go full-bore parliamentary system. Land Value Tax is a good idea. George was not in a position to foresee what a problem over-zoning would become, so in a lot of cities LVT would not make a huge practical difference. But in cities that are growing rapidly and don't have excessive anti-development restrictions (Texas cities, especially) an LVT would be a very useful way to raise revenue without constraining growth.
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
How do you balance being a father and a hectic work life?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@bentossell The main thing is to cut out the social life and not sleep very much. Or more seriously. One nice thing about journalism is that it's reasonably flexible. A lot of work can be done at night after the baby is asleep or during weekend naps and that helps me catch up with what I miss by leaving the office early.
Justin Kwong
Justin Kwong@justinckwong · Founder @ ISM (ism-sf.com)
What’s the hardest part about keeping users engaging with your content?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@justinckwong Honestly the hardest part is thinking of interesting things to write.
Zac Gross
Zac Gross@zac_gross
You have been quite bearish on Cruz's odds in the general election. Why don't you think he will be able to pivot to the centre by the first debate, a la Romney, and embrace the rhetoric of generic republicanism? Romney also had a extremely regressive tax plan & policies, but still made a very respectable showing against an incumbent etc. and Cruz seems to have a extremely cynical and ambitious approach to politics. He wants to win, not be a martyr for the cause.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@zac_gross Ted Cruz is very specifically running on a tax plan that would raise taxes on senior citizens. Nobody has ever tried that before because it's utter political suicide. To be clear, any major party nominee has a chance to win if they benefit from favorable events. But Cruz would be swimming against the current in a very strong way.
Peter Favaloro
Peter Favaloro@peterfavaloro
It looks like this year a bigger-than-ever chunk of the electorate is fed up w "elites ignoring their concerns" — Trump, Cruz, and Bernie all represent revolts against the establishment status quo in varying ways. If the Dems had known in advance, could they have positioned themselves differently to ride this wave of electoral energy to build a new progressive consensus? E.g. if Bernie were less obviously a protest candidate, if down ballot Dems were focused on these issues more, and there were a more robust effort in the liberal wonkery/punditry to design and sell revolutionary (not incrementalist) progressive solutions to these issues? Also, what does this year say about the wisdom of winnowing the field before the primaries begin? If you’re a major political party, isn’t one of the reasons you have primaries so you can figure out which candidate fits the zeitgeist? I for one am wishing Warren had run.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@peterfavaloro I think you are definitely right that Democrats over-winnowed. I would say in general that Democratic elites over-value avoiding tough primaries and under-value the merits of letting political talent rise to the top. You see that in the presidential race, but you also see it in how many safe liberal senate seats are held by people who are kind of old and mediocre and yet have never faced serious competition from young go-getters. American politics is ultimately a conflict-laden and candidate-centric affair, and it can be helpful to have fights.
Peter Favaloro
Peter Favaloro@peterfavaloro
@matthew_yglesias Thanks for the reply! Any thoughts on the first question wrt what the Dems would have needed to do to better take advantage of this year's anti-establishment sentiment?
adfdf fsdf
adfdf fsdf@adsfadfaf555
Do you consider Vox to have a political or ideological slant of any type? If so, do you think readers should factor this in when reading your site's content? Anticipatory Follow-up: does fact and statistical based journalism (versus simple anecdotal information gathering) now seem to attract certain ideologically-inclined readership?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@adsfadfaf555 I don't think we have a "slant" exactly and Vox certainly isn't an ideological product, but both the authors and the audience of the cite come from a demographic group that is left-of-center and I think that's reflected in the content.
Zac Gross
Zac Gross@zac_gross
How do you see the future of podcasting evolving, flash in the pan or here to stay? How does it compare with writing from the journalist's point of view? Anecdotally, it seems way more fun & far less effort...
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@zac_gross The most important difference at this point is that per listener revenue on podcasts is way higher than per reader revenue on articles. That creates a space to do things that are more optimized to reward loyalty, while articles are shifting toward optimizing for virality. But at the same time, the current revenue available to podcasters is producing a boom in podcasting that I expect will eventually re-create the situation in which sponsors only bother with mass scale.
Matthew, what would be the lifetime of a video on Vox? Whenever we share news videos, it dies within a day. :)
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@pavisj It really depends on the nature of the video. For YouTube, we try to optimize for evergreen appeal.
Mike Brune
Mike Brune@mike_brune
Jumping off the question about voting systems: You allude to major changes you'd like to see in the United States government, so let's go full-on constitutional fan-fiction. If we somehow get to a point where we are writing a new constitution, what is Matthew Yglesias writing in his Federalist Papers?
Slappy O'Houlihan
Slappy O'Houlihan@slappy_o_houlihan
@mike_brune This is a fantastic question.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@mike_brune The US government actually has pretty extensive experience in setting up new constitutions. I would say that the one we wrote for Germany is a pretty good model of federalism for a large democracy.
Jeff Levine
Jeff Levine@jeff_levine
Hey Matthew, How would you respond to Josef Joffe's characterization of "The Obama Doctrine," as "Obama is not a realist, he's an isolationist with drones and special forces." Especially given your own experience interviewing the President, do you believe that "The Obama Doctrine" is actually a real thing? And if so, do your views hew more closely to Goldberg, or to Joffe. Thanks!
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@jeff_levine I think Joffe's whole framing is ridiculous and I've never liked the term "isolationist" to begin with. I liked Goldberg's article a lot, though if I got to do it all over again I would just note that political reality plays a big role in foreign policy in a way that policymakers don't like to admit. You can't quite take everything Obama has said and done and weave it into a consistent and coherent framework because one thing he is doing is responding in different ways to crass political imperatives.
Justin Kazwell
Justin Kazwell@just_kaz · Founder & CEO of Tribute Inc.
Is there long term viability in a platform based off micro contributions? Think Patreon and ZapChain
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@just_kaz Sure, why not?
Justin Kazwell
Justin Kazwell@just_kaz · Founder & CEO of Tribute Inc.
@matthew_yglesias User's willingness to contribute when up until now the majority of content online has been ad supported
Will Wedin
Will Wedin@doctorsouz · Pediatrician
The ACA broadly defines certain "Essential health benefits" that insurance policies must cover, but leaves most of the specifics to individual states. Medicare largely dictates which treatments will be covered by deferring to the AMA's "Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee". What role do you think the government should have (if any) in defining which medical services must be covered, and why? In your answer, please address what feed back mechanism(s) should be used to periodically update those "essential health benefits". Thanks a million.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@doctorsouz I'm not generally a huge fan of federalism, but this is an example of a case where it can be useful to let some state-to-state variation exist so that we can see what happens. I'd ideally like to allow for a wide range of different choices for a while, and then we can study the consequences of different choices and then consider using the federal government to constrain choice.
Joe Cerami
Joe Cerami@josephrcerami · Univ of St Thomas-Houston
Is there such a thing as "political entrepreneurship"?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@josephrcerami I think so, yeah. Or maybe it would be better classified as "policy entrepreneurship." But to change things, whether in the business world or in the polical world, requires an entrepreneurial approach.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Matthew thanks for being here! As a cofounder, what have your biggest challenges and how have you overcome them?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@ems_hodge The biggest challenge is not getting too comfortable once you overcome one set of challenges or too discouraged in the face of setbacks. I'm not sure this is the kind of thing that one does "overcome" exactly, but I find it helpful to read about ambitious success stories — whether in business or politics — and see how much it really does come down to one thing then the next thing then the next thing forever and ever.
David Page
David Page@davidpage6
Do y'all plan on increasing coverage of state and/or regional politics on the site? I know y'all have talked on The Weeds about how important state politics are and how it tends to not be covered as widely as it could.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@davidpage6 I would say we have an aspiration to do this, but not yet a specific plan for *how* to do it.
Mike
Mike@gustogus · IT
So, any chance you would create a Sullivan Award this Election cycle? And if so, what exactly would the criteria be??
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@gustogus I can't see this happening.
Tactically speaking, do you think its better for to push for land-use regulatory reform at the local, state, or federal level? (I suppose this comes down to state vs. federal, since local gov't seems to be too swamped with special interests/rent-seekers.) Where in the world do they have the best land-use regulations?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@lukhamilton I think that in concrete terms, state governments — especially the state of California — have the most power to enact positive change. But I wouldn't draw too much of a dichotomy here. It's about creating a durable national political consensus that what we want to do as a society is increase the supply and affordability of housing in the most productive regions of the country. The federal role in that is largely secondary, but it's important.
jagan
jagan@jagan · Founder, Kint.io
We love Vox.com's videos. How long does it take to conceptualize and produce a video? And typically how many people are involved?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@jagan Boring answer: it depends. But it's really true. http
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
If you had a Billion dollars, what would you do?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@bentossell Hopefully more than one thing!
Evan Agovino
Evan Agovino@evan_agovino
Hey Matt, first-time long-time. Any plans on dedicating time on The Weeds to policies that have shaped today's economic climate? Specifically I think a podcast on NAFTA would be super useful as a lot of listeners were too young to remember it, especially as a lot of rhetoric gets thrown around about free trade that may have applied to NAFTA but not necessarily to TPP.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@evan_agovino A look back on NAFTA is a good idea. We should do that.
Zac Gross
Zac Gross@zac_gross
@matthew_yglesias @evan_agovino while we are pitching The Weed's episodes, I would love to hear your longform thoughts on signalling vs human capital (vs consumption) in the education system...
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
What 3 things should a new blogger just starting out focus on?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@ems_hodge Really think hard about where you can add value. Not what do you want to write about, but what is it that you are capable of writing about that people want to read about. I started doing this in 2002 when it was an open ecosystem and the bar was, frankly, very low. My path wouldn't work these days. You need to ask what it is that you can do that is good, interesting, and not currently being done.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Whats the best way for a founder to reach out to you, or any member of the press, to achieve coverage for their startup?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@ems_hodge The biggest mistake people make when pitching is really not knowing your audience. Read things. Understand what the writers you are thinking of reaching out to write about.
Bobby Kircher
Bobby Kircher@bobbykircher · Founder, Papaya Internet
How much do your opinions on Cuba differ from your Cuban-American family? How do you deal with the sensitivity of it?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@bobbykircher My family came over before the revolution. Historically in Florida you have two different Cuban-American communities, a smaller and older one centered in Tampa and the cigar industry and a newer and larger one centered in Miami and the Castro exile experience. Cuban-American politics is dominated by the Miami group (and their offshoot in Hudson County, New Jersey) but my family is tied to the Tampa group. So I am very happy about Obama's opening to Cuba and so is my dad. If my grandpa were still alive, I think he'd be thrilled.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
Okay guy. This has been a lot of fun -- but I think I'd better sign off and do my day job. Thanks to everyone who read or wrote in, and thanks to ProductHunt for hosting.
Harry Stebbings
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@mattyglesias how do you see the current election panning out? What would be the dream and then the disaster scenario for you?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@harrystebbings The disaster scenario at this point is that Donald Trump becomes president.
QueenLear
QueenLear@queenleariv · ConnectionAgent-Co-Founder @ButtonPoetry
Thanks for taking the time to chat with the community during such a busy political season! I love how you say "old-timey blogger" as Blogs are now part of our 'history'. I co-founded Button Poetry, the worlds largest YouTube channel (among other resources) for performance poets and I am always interested in what's next for the writers of the world. How do you see blogs and media outlets like Vox evolving to compete/innovate with technologies like AR/VR, or is it something else/the same?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@queenleariv I have no idea. I think the cycle is going to have to be that users start getting their hands on things first, and then we start seeing what they might like to do with them.
Matthew Doryland
Matthew Doryland@mdoryland · Bookseller, Barnes & Noble
As a fellow philosophy major I'm wondering if you've ever penned an argument about abortion. I know that you support abortion rights and I am interested in sharpening my own arguments for a pro-choice viewpoint. Any useful essays I could check? Something by Derek Parfit?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@mdoryland This from Judith Jarvis Thompson is the classic http://spot.colorado.edu/~heathw...
Patrick Sheridan
Patrick Sheridan@pcsheridan
Do you think Elizabeth Warren would have fared considerably better than Bernie? Has that opinion changed over the course of this primary season?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@pcsheridan That is what I think, but it's hard to know if it's true. Certainly Warren would be a much more popular choice in the specific circles I travel in, but it's dangerous to generalize that. Objectively, Sanders' biggest problem has been winning the votes of older working class African-American southerners and it's not obvious that Warren would have been better at this.
Gagan Atreya
Gagan Atreya@gaganatreya
Who is Clinton going to pick as VP?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@gaganatreya You never know until the vetting happens, but I think Tim Kaine has a very strong early lead.
john anderson
john anderson@huzzahmpls
Do you see Trump causing any major party realignment in American politics in the short term? I heard you say things like "Trump will burn the conservative movement to the ground" but that's kind of vague. What specifically do you think Trump might change in American political parties over the next 5-10 years if he wins the Republican nomination? And do you think anything will change if he doesn't?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@huzzahmpls I want to try not to make a prediction here, but if there's anything we've learned it's that it's hard to make predictions. But here is the basic situation: To me, talking about realignment misses the main boat which is that over the past 25 years we started with two parties that were already sorted on ideological lines and ever since then they've been drifting further and further apart. Trump reflects many things, but one thing he reflects is a challenge to that logic of ever-growing polarization. He shows that to win a primary it is not actually necessary to kiss the rings of every interest group leader and hew to their talking points. I don't know what specifically will follow from that, but it suggests that you *could* have political leaders who break with the polarization trend, either by reinserting secondary axes of political conflict (which is basically what Trump is doing) or else by simply moving to the center.
Mike Brune
Mike Brune@mike_brune
Let's assume the that the world stops up-ending itself every month, and we do end up with a Clinton presidency after a Trump versus Clinton race. Do you see any serious primary competition emerging for Clinton in 2020?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@mike_brune That seems unlikely to me.
Slappy O'Houlihan
Slappy O'Houlihan@slappy_o_houlihan
Old-timey blogging favored a quick reaction to current events, but you still do long-form pieces here and there. Does a shift to "Explaining the News" alter your writing in any major way? Or is it pretty much a variation on what you've always done?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@slappy_o_houlihan It's different primarily in that it involves thinking longer and harder about how to frame things in a big and accessible way *and then* dive deep into some rabbit holes, rather than starting at the hole.
Joe Cerami
Joe Cerami@josephrcerami · Univ of St Thomas-Houston
Follow up on "policy entrepreneurs": who are the current policy entrepreneurs that we should follow?
TVDP
TVDP@sensitivepapi · Thot, Thot Inc.
Hi Matt. I'm really glad to see your piece about Bernie's potential influence on downballot races, as it's a thought I've been having for quite a while. I have two questions about this: 1. Any races that you think would be ideal if Bernie focused his energies downballot? Russ Feingold, maybe? and 2. The race I'm personally most interested in is for Pennsylvania Senator, in particular in progressive candidate John Fetterman. What do you think of his odds in the democratic primary//in the general election? It seems like he has some good political operatives behind him (the guy who managed de Blasio) and an identity that could win white working class votes. Any other thoughts on his qualities as a candidate?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@sensitivepapi Taking these in reverse, I don't know anything at all about Fetterman. I should look into him. Two races that come to mind are Feingold's general election campaign in Wisconsin -- this is a guy with impeccable progressive credentials running against a very right-wing guy -- and Donna Edwards' primary in Maryland. Electing a progressive black woman to a senate seat she could easily hold for four terms would be a big deal.
Matthew Doryland
Matthew Doryland@mdoryland · Bookseller, Barnes & Noble
Do you agree at all with Gregg Popovich that the 3-pointer is "a circus" or do you enjoy it in the NBA? http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye...
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@mdoryland I think we should consider moving the line further away.
ian kennedy
ian kennedy@iankennedy · SmartNews, Partnerships
Which of the new distribution channels do you feel holds the most promise for your future growth? AMP, Instant Articles, or Apple News?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@iankennedy I would not bet against Mark Zuckerberg and Instant Articles.
Belligeront
Belligeront@belligeront
Do you think it is a good idea for states to allow Ballot Initiatives?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@belligeront Not really. If you want to do direct democracy, the way I would prefer it would be to abandon bicameralism and say that for certain kinds of issues the one legislative house can pass bills that are then put to an up-or-down vote in a referendum at the end of the year.
How should a person decide who to vote for in a primary election? What methods should you use?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@b37t3u9 It's hard. The main thing I would say is to remember to weight different considerations not just by their importance but by your certainty about them. So for example when it comes to Sanders vs Clinton, I think that Clinton has the edge in electability. And I think that electability is VERY important in this choice. But I also think that my ability to sit here and guess who is more electability is pretty weak. So because my confidence in my assessment is low, I end up giving Clinton only a small edge here.
What's your daily routine like? I ask because you seem extremely productive. Any time management / productivity tips?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@b37t3u9 I never use any life hacks or productivity tips. I'm not sure if that means I am super-inefficient or if everyone else is wasting time seeking productivity tips.
Mike Brune
Mike Brune@mike_brune
Apart from Vox (which is a great website!), are there any sources (or specific authors) you think news junkies should be seeking out?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@mike_brune No. Never ready anything online that isn't Vox.
Mike Brune
Mike Brune@mike_brune
@matthew_yglesias Yes sir, deleting my other bookmarks now!
Adrian
Adrian@adrianjaguirre
Other than supporting down-ballot candidates, how could Bernie's ideas move forward?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@adrianjaguirre He really needs to flesh some of this stuff out. The free college idea, for example, is extremely compelling. But I think that if he spoke to public university presidents or to Democratic Party governors he would find that there are a lot of questionable implementation details with his specific proposal. And linking college funding so specifically to a Wall Street tax is a good applause line, but poses awkward questions: if speculation plummets does that mean we slash higher education spending? I know people are feeling the Berne during the primary season and don't want to here these criticisms. But if people want to make progress on these issues over the next several cycles, they are going to need to refine some of this stuff into more workable ideas.
Matthew Doryland
Matthew Doryland@mdoryland · Bookseller, Barnes & Noble
Related to a previous question about how electable a candidate is and how one should vote, does Hillary Clinton's more hawkish foreign policy bother you much? Especially since the President has so much more discretion on foreign policy. I'm struggling with whether or not I can pull the lever for her despite being largely on board with her domestic agenda.
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@mdoryland It does bother me and I wish Sanders had shown more interest in taking her on here.
sprosser
sprosser@sdprosser · simon
I've been working through a lot of your BloggingHeads appearances recently - they're really good! Why did you stop going on?
Matthew Yglesias
Matthew Yglesias@matthew_yglesias · Title TK, Vox.com
@sdprosser JUst got too busy.
sprosser
sprosser@sdprosser · simon
Do you see any path for the Republican party becoming functional again? Also, if Trump loses in 2016, what do you think the longer-term effects of his nomination will be?