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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California Needs A New Economic Model

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

Already anointed by The New Yorker as the “head of the resistance,” Gavin Newsom could well think he’s also king of California politics. He can both sell himself as the model of progressive virtue and also lord of the world’s fifth-largest economy, home to three of the world’s most powerful and influential companies. California, along […]

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To Make the Internet Great Again, Trump Must Smash Facebook and Its Tech Oligarch Friends

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

Even as many Americans look with horror on the authoritarian blusterer in the White House, we are slowly succumbing to a more pernicious, less obvious and far more lasting tech oligarchy gaining ever more control over our economy, culture and politics. “We are certainly looking at” bringing antitrust cases against Amazon, Facebook and Google,” Trump […]

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Signs of GOP Hope in California?

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

Ronald Reagan is not coming back, but California may be avoiding a trip to the insane asylum. Yes, the GOP’s lackluster gubernatorial candidate, John Cox, lost by almost 20 points, and the only issue in the legislature is whether the Democrats regain their supermajority in both houses. But it could have been much worse. The […]

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How About A Fusion Party In The Golden State?

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

Once upon a time, the California Republican Party was a fearsome political instrument, forging the ground for two presidents. But today the California GOP is fighting rearguard actions to save its last remaining seats in once solidly Republican strongholds as Orange, San Diego and even in inland California, potentially costing them upward of seven House […]

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The American Republic Has Lost Adult Supervision

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

The ship known as the American Republic sails on, but its crew is made up of irresponsible and vicious children cast from “Lord of the Flies.” Prisoners of their own emotions, they increasingly seem impervious to the notion that their gyrations might topple their own vessel. To be sure, exhibit one of infantilism in politics […]

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California Must Stop Trying To Stomp Out Suburbia

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

We may be celebrating — if that’s the right word — the tenth year since the onset of the financial crisis and collapse of the real estate market. Yet before breaking out the champagne, we should recognize that the hangover is not yet over, and that a new housing crisis could be right around the […]

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‘Chinafornia’ And Global Trade In Age Of Trump 

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

One of the last regions settled en masse by Europeans, California’s trajectory long has been linked to its partners across the Pacific. Yet these ties could be deeply impacted by President Trump’s immigration and trade policies, as well as resulting blowback by the authoritarian regime in Beijing. In recent decades, California has become something of […]

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The New-McCarthyism Of Our Censorious Age

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

“If my thought dreams could be seen They’d probably put my head in a guillotine” — Bob Dylan, “It’s All Right Ma”, 1965 We live in a newly censorious age, where old crudities are never forgotten. To be sure, there are some clear malefactors, like Harvey Weinstein and many others, who should be punished to […]

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