Noah Smith
Economics and other interesting stuff
Created 28 Mar 2020
  • Video interview: David Roberts on climate change
    08 Apr 2022 13 1
    When I want to know stuff about climate change, the first person I turn to is David Roberts. Over the years, his clear and comprehensive writing on the topic has vastly increased my understanding. He’...
  • Should the U.S. increase or decrease defense spending?
    07 Apr 2022 56 48
    In a post last week about the future of military technology, I chided those who call for cuts in U.S. defense spending. I argued that it’s a politically bad look to slash military preparedness at a ti...
  • Meme stocks and Bitcoin will not redistribute wealth
    06 Apr 2022 39 15
    “The percentage you're paying is too high priced/ While you're living beyond all your means/ And the man in the suit has just bought a new car/ From the profit he's made on your dreams” — Traffic I’m ...
  • The long economic war against Russia: A plan
    04 Apr 2022 66 49
    As the Russian army retreats from the areas around the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, a series of horrific atrocities are being discovered. 410 bodies have been found so far, littering the ground, often w...
  • Zines!
    02 Apr 2022 37 12
    “I wanna publish zines/ And rage against machines/ I wanna pierce my tongue, it doesn’t hurt, it feels fine” — Harvey Danger The news is pretty brutal these days, so I thought I’d take a quick break t...
  • Interview: Arvind Subramanian, former Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India
    01 Apr 2022 51 27
    In terms of economic development, India is now the most important country in the world. With 1.4 billion people, it will soon eclipse China as the world’s most populous nation. And although India has ...
  • War got weird
    31 Mar 2022 81 83
    My basic thesis about technology is that it does two things. First, it gives human beings more power over to control our world. Second, as the price for giving us increased power, technology fundament...
  • Nuclear game theory and its limitations
    29 Mar 2022 30 23
    Most people who grew up in the 1980s have seen the movie War Games. In the climactic scene, an artificially intelligent computer that has been given control of the U.S. nuclear arsenal runs through a ...
  • Give us all the refugees, dammit!
    28 Mar 2022 89 81
    My great-aunt Edith (actually my grandmother’s first cousin, but that’s clunkier to say, so we always called her my “great-aunt”) was born in a region that’s now part of western Ukraine. Sometime in t...
  • The car will triumph, again
    25 Mar 2022 33 64
    I grew up in a town built for cars. There were very few bike lanes or sidewalks, but every store had a parking lot and every house had a big wide driveway. Street parking was free. My dad, a bearded e...
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