The COVID-19 relief effort has finally helped Americans to realize that the government can just send them cash, and that this makes their life better.
For Noah Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
As China approaches technological parity with the U.S. in a variety of high-value industries, the U.S. has acted to maintain supremacy.
What Africa might need is its own Japan — a pioneering country that can industrialize first, and then invest in the rest of the continent.
Unions and infrastructure don’t fulfill the Republican's small-government dreams of previous decades, but they could represent a centrist alternative to the growing popularity of socialism.
Falling in living standards in some countries, such as Japan, can be blamed in part on a smaller workforce having to prop up a growing pool of retirees.
The new normal has its benefits, but some of these won't be felt until after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.
Despite a massive slate of tariffs that mostly began in the second half of 2018, the U.S.-China bilateral trade deficit barely budged, if at all.
Making people more economically secure is the first step to ending the "intimacy apocalypse."
The pandemic will make institutions even more eager to admit wealthy legacy students.
Social networks suffer when there are fewer people to network with.