Latest from Megan McArdle

We need to be able to talk about trans athletes and women’s sports

Recently, Swimming World spoke of “the Lia Thomas situation,” as if Thomas were a diplomatic incident, rather than a college swimmer.

January 13, 2022

What if Republicans become a majority party?

If shifts among Hispanic and Asian voters continue, it’s not as far-fetched as many on the left might like to believe.

January 11, 2022

What the Elizabeth Holmes jury got right

We expect digital start-ups to fail. We don't expect them to put people's lives in danger.

January 4, 2022

I read a week’s worth of newspapers from 1921. It was comforting how wrong they were about what mattered.

The illusions of a Christmas past can give us some perspective on the present.

January 2, 2022

Street crime has distorted our politics before. If we don’t get it under control, it will do so again.

When fear of crime starts driving voters, other agendas — on both left and right — can suffer.

December 29, 2021

Who stands to gain most from Harvard’s SAT-optional policy? Harvard admissions officials.

De-emphasizing test scores won't stop schools from picking the students they want. It will just make it harder to scrutinize their decisions.

December 24, 2021

Biden was never going to be FDR. Believing he could be is one of his administration’s biggest problems.

Historic presidencies are a function of both talent and good timing.

December 21, 2021

Biden is foundering because Democrats made two major misjudgments

The administration misgauged how much difference policy could make — underestimating the effects of economic policy, while overestimating the effects of pandemic control.

December 18, 2021

Harsher and harsher punishments are not the way to convince the unvaccinated

Policies focusing on fairness and costs can be justified so long as they aren't meant to be punitive.

December 15, 2021

The debate over ‘Latinx’ highlights a broader problem for Democrats

The educated elite who promote the term should listen more to the broader population of Hispanics — which is the term most of them still prefer.

December 10, 2021