As United States Divide, the Green New Deal Could Be Democrats’ Undoing in 2020

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

If next year’s election is a referendum on Donald Trump, you can hand power to the Democrats now. But fortunately for the president, and the Republican Party, politics remains more about interests than personalities. More than by cultural memes touching on race, gender, and even taste, the United States are divided by where we live […]

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Mayoral Mismatch

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

Mayors have had little success in becoming president, with only one big-city chief executive, Grover Cleveland of Buffalo, later governor of New York, actually making it to the White House. Yet this year’s running of the donkeys includes several: a minor-city chief executive, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend; a former big-city mayor, Cory Booker of […]

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Our Suicidal Elite

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

The French nobility, observed Tocqueville in The Ancient Regime and The Revolution, supported many of the writers whose essays and observations ended up threatening “their own rights and even their existence.” Today we see much the same farce repeated, as the world’s richest people line up behind causes that, in the end, could relieve them […]

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The Twilight of America’s Mega-Media

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

It’s far too early to predict which party will win next year’s election, but not too early to announce the national media as a clear loser in terms of national influence and prestige. Pew reports that millennials have become as negative about major media as older generations, with their rate of approval dropping from 40% […]

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Clippers Offer A Better Model For SoCal Than The Lakers

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

This year’s basketball season, with the collapse of the Lakers and the surprising rise of the Clippers, poses a metaphor for the region. On the one hand, there’s the Laker obsession with the “star system” and impressing outsiders, notably on the East Coast. The Clipper model, reflecting a culture of hard work and teamwork, relies […]

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Candidate of Big Tech

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

In the free-form, roller derby race for the Democratic presidential nomination, few candidates are better positioned than California’s Senator Kamala Harris. She is a fresh and attractive mid-fifties face, compared with septuagenarian frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, or the aging progressive Elizabeth Warren. Part Asian-Indian, part Afro-Caribbean, and female, Harris seems the frontrunner in […]

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The Opium Of California

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

The current frenzy of new IPOs — Uber, Lyft, Slack, Postmates, Pinterest and Airbnb — seems destined to reinforce progressive notions that California represents the future not just for the state, but the nation. It will certainly reinforce California’s fiscal dependency on tech-dominated elites — half of the state’s income taxes come from people making […]

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California’s Self-Created Future Energy Crisis

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

In much of the country a powerful energy boom is providing a serious stimulus to economic growth. But in California, where fossil fuels are considered about as toxic as tobacco, we are lurching toward an anticipated energy shortage that will further exacerbate the state’s already deep geographic and class divisions. California, in a typical feat […]

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The Soul of the New Machine

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

Thirty-five years ago Tracy Kidder electrified readers with his “Soul of a New Machine,” which detailed the development of a minicomputer. Today we may be seeing the emergence of another machine, a political variety that could turn the country toward a permanent one-party state. This evolution has its roots in California, where a combination of […]

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The Suburbs and the GOP

Joel Kotkin
Editor of NewGeography.com and Presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University

In this year’s elections, particularly in California, the suburbs spoke, and essentially destroyed Donald Trump and the Republican Party. In affluent suburban districts once controlled by the GOP – outside Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Orange County — long held GOP seats have flipped and may prove unlikely go back to the […]

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