For the Yglesias Clipfile
June 18th, 2013

The next time anyone considers engaging anything written by Matt Yglesias, keep the following in mind–and please note the time stamps:



What started it all was Yglesias proclaiming that Jindal “doesn’t understand money.” You can’t make this up.

  1. Mister Mets June 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I get that the first thing Yglesias said was stupid, but he did admit his mistake pretty quickly.

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  3. Nedward June 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Best part at Slate link? No, it isn’t the erudite aside about the provenance of “money trees” or even the introspection about his own harvesting prowess–it’s when he goes for that classic standby, the go-to trope of liberal “wonks” for whatever expert specialty: “ordering new factory equipment.” If I had a dollar for every time some perpetual grad-student opinionator invoked the eternal cosmic rhythm of shop machinery freshening…

    N.B. Matty, that was a figure of speech

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  5. Nedward June 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    1. Start a business/Order more factory equipment
    2. ?
    3. Profit

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  7. AKB1 June 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Mr. Yglesias correctly points out that ethnic stereotyping can be a booster for folks like me, but on the flip side, Secretary Hagel sees a brown face and wonders aloud whether he’s talking to a member of the Taliban.

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  9. AKB1 June 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    There is a reasonable defense of Secretary Hagel, so my comment was inappropriate. I apologize.

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  11. epobirs June 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    So Ysglesias links to a piece making it clear that he truly doesn’t understand money.

    “The Federal Government is immortal!” No Matt, it isn’t. It can only be said that it cannot die because it isn’t truly alive in the first place. But it can certainly be destroyed. History is littered with governments that failed and became memories.

    Heard from the Roman government any century recently, Mr. Ysglesias? The dissolution of the US government and the underlying nation may be a very unpleasant idea but not unthinkable and entirely possible. Having ‘because we say so’ be the sole basis of the national currency’s value is a good place to start if destruction is your goal.

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  13. Dan Kauffman June 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    “factory-style government” Centralized control ie Facsism