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Megan Mcardle
For Megan Mcardle's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 14, 2018
Warning: Trump's baby sitters are about to head home
If this is what he's like surrounded by A-list advisers, expect chaos after they quit.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 12, 2018
Has #MeToo had its intended effect?
For the first time, we must grapple with crime not just as a social problem, but also as a social matter.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 26, 2017
What exactly is bitcoin good for anyway?
Perhaps it's a payment system. If so, it's inferior to credit cards and grossly overvalued.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 20, 2017
Sex panic harkens back to the era of coddling women
The outcome of #BelieveAllWomen is no utopia. We've seen such a repressive regime before.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 23, 2017
The internet already lost its neutrality
Even in the era of 'net neutrality' powerful corporations controlled internet content.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 19, 2017
Americans feared Trump, but normalized leftist violence
The cost of preventing thieves from stealing American's constitutionally guaranteed freedoms is growing increasingly high.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 23, 2017
When we all must live in fear of online mobs
The internet is transforming the power of social coercion in extremely troubling ways.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 8, 2017
France's 'can't lose' candidate pays a price
Depressed turnout and record support for the National Front suggest that something real has happened in French politics, something that should worry the establishment.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 13, 2016
Clinton never learns she can't hide every stumble
The drip-drip-drip of revelations about Hillary Clinton's actions have been far worse for her than if she'd been more forthcoming in the first place.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 1, 2016
If Clinton is likable, show it
If there is any way to bring out the private, likable Hillary Clinton before a larger, public audience, then her campaign needs to find it quick.
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 30, 2016
'Citizens of the world'? Nice thought, but wrong
Nationalism and place still matter, and the West's elites forget this at their peril.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 18, 2016
A 'cashless society' is wonderful — until it's not
If we want to move toward a cashless society then we also need to think seriously about limiting the ability of the government to use the payments system as an instrument to control the behavior of its citizens.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 3, 2016
Six takeaways from an exciting night in Iowa
The Iowa caucus results suggest that there is a significant 'Anyone But Trump' vote out there, and that if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination it will be despite her lackluster political skills rather than because of them.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 8, 2015
Facebook is following you around the Internet
Social media platforms like Facebook may be pretty intrusive in how they follow your Internet activity, but that's the price of using these 'free' services.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 6, 2015
One cheer for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The good news is that the TPP is the biggest trade deal to come down the pike in a long while. Unfortunately, that's the bad news, too.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 15, 2015
Clues to why a woman can't be more like a man
A recent scientific study suggests that hormones may be responsible for the differences in men's and women's brains.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 5, 2015
'Affirmative consent' will make rape laws worse
Proposed legal reforms in the U.S. intended to make it easier to prosecute sexual assault are eerily totalitarian and would go too far.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 5, 2015
Yet another example of why riots don't work
Solutions to the social problems that triggered the riots in Baltimore will not get easier if Americans embrace rioting as the voice of the oppressed.
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 15, 2015
Why do Americans hate free-range parenting?
Why has America gone lunatic on the subject of unattended children?
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 7, 2015
Hate flying? You have only yourself to blame
Ultimately, the reason airlines cram us into tiny seats and upcharge for everything is that we're online shopping on exactly one dimension: the price of the flight.

Longform

Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?