Noah Smith
Economics and other interesting stuff
Created 28 Mar 2020
  • The Omicron situation, Week 2
    06 Dec 20211 day ago • 7 min read • 60 44
    I’m not going to do one of these every week, but since the situation is still evolving fast, I thought last week’s post about the Omicron variant deserved a follow-up. The reason is that we now have m...
  • Yes, the U.S. is still a (flawed) democracy
    04 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 50 74
    Dammit, I have to write about politics again. I promise I’ll get back to economics soon. Lamenting the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a challenge to Roe v. Wade, Stephen Colbert recently declared th...
  • The George Floyd protests were not a civil war
    02 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 20 17
    The Kyle Rittenhouse saga has petered out. Rittenhouse was, rightfully or wrongfully, acquitted of murder in the killing of two protesters in Kenosha, WI back in August 2020. There were a few scattere...
  • How to fix Twitter
    30 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 48 63
    Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of Twitter, to be replaced by Parag Agrawal. It’s not clear whether this will cause much of a change in the company’s direction — Tim Cook and Dara Khosrowshahi don...
  • The Omicron situation
    28 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 84 97
    When it comes to the Covid pandemic, it’s important to react quickly. Last time a major new variant emerged, we watched millions of Indian people die while we sat there and waited for U.S.-specific da...
  • Video interview: Eric Topol on the Omicron variant
    27 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 38 31
    Eric Topol, a cardiologist by training, is the founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. Throughout the pandemic, Eric has been the source of a wealth of up-to-date, expertly curated in...
  • One year of Noahpinion
    23 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 21 32
    I would count this Substack as a modest success so far. With an email list of 36,000 and 3350 subscribers, it’s not one of the most widely read blogs out there, but I’d say it’s doing OK. That’s thank...
  • Is China's catch-up growth over?
    21 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 91 24
    There is no doubt that China’s catch-up growth has been one of the most impressive feats of economic development in world history; the only other contender would be the Industrial Revolution itself. I...
  • Examining an MMT model in detail
    20 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 27 76
    MMT, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is a small, cohesive group of people who go around telling the government to borrow more and spend more. It stands for “modern monetary theory”, which impli...
  • Is America normalizing?
    19 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 22 15
    The other day, for the first time in a long time, I watched a romantic comedy. The movie was Love Hard, a Netflix direct-to-streaming product about a woman who gets catfished by guy using a fake profi...
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