Megan McArdle

Columnist

Latest from Megan McArdle

Yes, we need more electric vehicles. But subsidies aren’t the answer.

To really make a dent in climate change, the cars will have to outcompete gas engines in the developing world.

August 15, 2022

Cracker Barrel leaders understand an often-forgotten truth of the internet

The next time you see a social media controversy, try applying what I like to call the Texas High School Stadium rule.

August 9, 2022

What are friends for? Climbing the income ladder, for one.

New research confirms the old aphorism: Who you know matters a lot to your economic status.

August 7, 2022

In boosting Trump acolytes, Democrats become what they once condemned

Democrats couldn’t understand how so many Republicans could toy with Trumpism for political advantage. Now, they’re playing the same game.

August 3, 2022

Facebook wants to be more like TikTok. That’s a bad idea.

The platform's regulars value it for the relationships it promotes, not for serendipitous discovery.

August 2, 2022

Enough with the ‘is this a recession?’ blather

Once again, Democrats are jumping on the euphemism treadmill.

July 29, 2022

A Trump nomination is in no one’s interest. Democrats included.

Donald Trump was a uniquely terrible president, and the further he stays from power, the better off we will be.

July 28, 2022

Neither side is going to win the abortion fight with outlier cases

Eventually we have to be prepared to argue about what abortion mostly is.

July 24, 2022

Republicans could change government the way they changed the courts

If Republicans actually want to combat creeping wokeness, they need to stop making showy attacks on the most egregious progressive excesses. Instead, they need to break up the left’s monopoly on expertise.

July 21, 2022

A Berkeley professor’s Senate testimony didn’t go how the left thinks it did

Progressives pay a price for dominating elite spaces so thoroughly that their thinking doesn't get the benefit of being challenged.

July 14, 2022