Online services such as Zoom and Amazon have proven their worth during the pandemic. And COVID-19 may ultimately push our society to learn new ways of using digital technologies.
For Noah Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The true cost of global warming should include weather problems that we haven’t even thought about yet — "unknown unknowns,” in the parlance of the late Donald Rumsfeld.
But the similarities end there. The economic challenges Biden is facing are very different from the ones FDR grappled with, and his approach is necessarily unique.
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.
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.