In a world where people run amok on the internet screaming their heads off, Megan McArdle stands (or in this case, sits by a microphone) as a model for the cool and collected. After a pre-game round of dog talk, Megan and Jonah settle in for some candid words on bread, being nice, and feminism — commentary so well-informed, we’re posting Megan twice in one week.

Show Notes:

The Big Tech Four vs. Congress

Maxine Waters asks a particularly garbled question to Bank of America

“The Great Relearning,” by Tom Wolfe

Megan’s book, not actually titled Permission to Suck.

Charlie Kirk’s mask terribleness, as featured in Jonah’s Wednesday G-File

Louie Gohmert blames the mask for his COVID-19

Megan on why racism kills to try it now for free for 25% off your first order

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  1. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    Amazon Fire does have Alexa. I use mine all the time and love it.

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    • August 4, 2020, at 4:05 PM PDT
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  2. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    I dont like to wear a mask. Recently it became a by-law, that you have to wear 1 in a public building or in a public transport. Its a $50 fine for not wearing… So I wear a mask. Its annoying, its been insanely hot in august since this law came into effect so its uncomfortable – my glasses fog up… But I wear it.

    Sounds like I’ll have a new book to read – the Great re-Learning… I’ve never read a Tom Wolfe novel.

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    • August 4, 2020, at 6:56 PM PDT
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  3. kedavis Member

    Megan McArdle has some problems differentiating between correlation and causation, just for starters.

    People live longer BECAUSE they go to church? BS.

    To the extent that there is a correlation between church attendance and longer life, it’s going to be because those people also do other things – eat better, abstain from drugs and alcohol, etc – for reasons that ALSO tend towards church attendance.

    Or put another way, church attendance is a “symptom” not a “cause.”

    And after all this time, if she still doesn’t understand the difference between correlation and causation, maybe she’s not a great source of expertise on economics either.

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    • August 16, 2020, at 3:39 PM PDT
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