Megan McArdle

Megan McArdle is a Washington Post columnist and the author of "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success."
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Medicare needs saving — just not from Republicans

Biden doesn't need to save Medicare from Republicans, just unsustainable entitlement programs and our unwillingness to do what’s necessary to stabilize them.

March 11, 2023

So far, AI chatbots’ great talent is flooding inboxes

AI chatbots can't compete with professional writers, but they will make it harder for fiction and nonfiction outlets to find new talent.

February 27, 2023

Why it’s wrong to rewrite Roald Dahl’s children’s books

Efforts by Inclusive Minds to make "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and Dahl's other children's classics inclusive and accessible are foolish.

February 23, 2023

How Elon Musk fired Twitter staff and broke nothing

When Elon Musk said he was going to cut 75 percent of Twitter’s workforce last year, I was incredulous. Yet Twitter is still running.

February 19, 2023

What the world can learn from a lobotomy surgeon’s horrible mistake

In his desperation to be a medical hero, an avid lobotomist became a hero out of Greek tragedy.

February 14, 2023

Why eggs are cheaper than you think

If you can’t help cringing at the price of eggs remember that your ancestors would have declared you rich beyond their dreams.

February 7, 2023

When kids consider transitioning, parents need to be involved

Until there is better evidence on whether it's beneficial or harmful for youths to transition, parents are in the best position to guide.

February 2, 2023

The $400K conundrum: Why America’s urban rich don’t feel that way

How have liberals gotten so comfortable with the idea that $400,000 a year is really just a middle-class income?

January 29, 2023

Twitter might be replaced, but not by Mastodon or other imitators

Twitter's successor will probably be something not much like Twitter at all.

January 17, 2023

Environmentalists have a blind spot in the debate over gas stoves

Banning gas stoves is a boneheaded approach to the real, but modest, problems they present.

January 12, 2023