I began my career working as an economist for the Government of Canada — I have a masters degree in financial economics, and once upon a time worked as a researcher in the University of Chicago economics department.

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Following a series of twists and turns, I somehow found myself working as an investigative journalist at the Daily Caller, the website founded by Tucker Carlson.

In March 2022, I quit my job at the Daily Caller to focus on Substack full-time.


Coincidentally, 3 stories broken on Karlstack have gone on to be featured on Tucker’s nightly show:

  1. His Name was Seth Smith

  2. Whistleblower emails reveal partisan rot at Ford Foundation, that gets "nonpartisan" tax perks

  3. EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Cook's Tenure Packet

These 3 articles are a good example of what I write, but at the same time, not a good example at all. I started out writing about fraud/corruption in academia, but quickly evolved to writing about economics, politics, culture, crypto, finance, etc.

My work has also been featured in the New York Times, New Yorker, Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Coindesk, Blockwork & Slatestarcodex.

This is something I still struggle with: the decision to “niche down” or to become a “generalist.” I guess I am still trying to find my voice as a writer; before starting on Substack I had never written anything in my life before, and now that I have written over 100 Substack articles I am already a much more proficient writer. I am excited to see what the next 100 articles yield.

Currently I publish ~2 articles per week, sometimes more, sometimes less. Some of them are free, some of them are for paid subscribers only. I am still trying to figure out the optimal mix of free and paid content. Please consider signing up for free:


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