Latest from Megan McArdle
  • 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
  • Opinion

Elon Musk and bitcoin’s chicken-and-egg problem

If you think your bitcoin is going to surge in value later, why would you trade it for a car today?
  • May 14, 2021
  • Opinion

Unemployment benefits are holding back the economic recovery

Even if you’re unmoved by employers’ plight, you should be worried about the long-term consequences.
  • May 12, 2021