Latest from Megan McArdle
  • Opinion

I was an Obamacare critic. It isn’t as bad as I thought — or as good as my opponents expected.

Now that the law seems free from existential threats, it's time to take stock.
  • Jun 17, 2021
  • Opinion

Raising taxes on the wealthy won’t magically fix our inequality problem

Many people figure that the folks sitting on giant piles of wealth are the ones who can most easily afford tax hikes. But is that the best strategy?
  • Jun 15, 2021
  • Opinion

The frustrating illogic in the rise of the meme stocks

Making money isn't the only reason people buy stocks.
  • Jun 11, 2021
  • Opinion

Think twice before changing the tax rules to soak billionaires

We talk a lot about rich people “paying their fair share,” but we’re rarely clear on what exactly we mean by that.
  • Jun 9, 2021
  • Opinion

Why aren’t we talking more about UFOs?

Twitter is full of people arguing about things they don’t understand and probably can’t change. Why is this unknowable getting such short shrift?
  • Jun 5, 2021
  • Opinion

The declining U.S. birthrate has implications beyond Social Security

Falling birthrates make it harder to achieve the growth needed to keep living standards from falling, too.
  • Jun 3, 2021
  • Opinion

Beware of ‘expert’ consensus. The covid-19 lab leak theory shows why.

Scientists, just like the rest of us, are prone to groupthink.
  • May 30, 2021
  • Opinion

UNC’s tenure controversy over Nikole Hannah-Jones points to the right’s conundrum over cancel culture

Do cancellation artists themselves deserve protection from being canceled?
  • May 27, 2021
  • Opinion

Yes, more policing burdens disadvantaged communities. But it benefits them, too.

The debate shouldn't be about less or more policing. It should be how to make more policing better.
  • May 23, 2021
  • Opinion

The AT&T and Discovery megadeal has a possible silver lining for streaming customers

The future of streaming probably belongs to the Disneys and the Netflixes (and maybe the Discovery Networks), rather than a telephone company.
  • May 18, 2021