Latest from Megan McArdle
  • Opinion

The problem with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause

Even a temporary halt in distribution can have lingering effects.
  • Apr 13, 2021
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Here’s what makes unionizing Amazon so hard

Amazon is a rich target, but a harder one to crack than mid/-/century manufacturers.
  • Apr 10, 2021
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An extra half-million Americans died in 2020. How much can we blame the virus itself?

The pandemic had ripple effects that went far beyond the virus itself.
  • Apr 7, 2021
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Vaccine passports and the tough questions we haven’t confronted

What circumstances justify requiring vaccination? How much risk should the rest of us have to accept to respect the rights and autonomy of those who don’t want to get vaccinated?
  • Apr 3, 2021
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The MAD turn in our cancel culture battles

We've arrived at the social-commentary equivalent of mutually assured destruction.
  • Apr 1, 2021
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The numbers undercut myths about mass shootings and White men

The cause of racial justice won't be advanced by propagating false stereotypes about any group.
  • Mar 27, 2021
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What experience tells us about deficit spending and social movements

If you have personally lived through only one sort of tragic mistake, it is easy to leap to an equal and opposite error.
  • Mar 24, 2021
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The Substack controversy’s bigger story

This controversy signals something greater about cancel culture and its limits.
  • Mar 21, 2021
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As cities rebuild, remember that people don’t just fear crime. They fear disorder.

Properly nuanced policy is easier described than done. But it’s also pretty easy to let a few broken windows slide.
  • Mar 14, 2021
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Stimulus checks are the most indefensible part of the covid relief bill

What we should be doing is beefing up unemployment checks and offering generous grants and subsidies to businesses that can’t operate now.
  • Mar 8, 2021