Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish It Off

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

When Democrats made their post-election populist “Better Deal” pitch, they took a strong stance against pharmaceutical and financial monopolies. But they conspicuously left out the most profound antitrust challenge of our time—the tech oligarchy. The information sector, notes The Economist, is now the most consolidated sector of the American economy. The Silicon Valley and its Puget Sound annex dominated […]

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Reconciling the three Democratic parties

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

With President Donald Trump’s Dr. Demento impersonation undermining his own party, the road should be open for Democrats to sweep the next election cycle. And, for the first time since their horrific defeat of 2016, not only nationally but also in the states, the Democrats are slowly waking up to the reality that they need […]

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Why the Greens Lost, and Trump Won

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

When President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accords, embraced coal, and stacked his administration from people from fossil-fuel producing states, the environmental movement reacted with near-apocalyptic fear and fury. They would have been better off beginning to understand precisely why the country has become so indifferent to their cause, as evidenced by the victory not only of […]

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Why Socialism Is Back

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

Even as Venezuela falls deeper into crisis, and the former Soviet bloc nations groan under its legacy, socialism is coming back, and in a big way. Its key supporters are not grizzled pensioners yearning for Marxist security, but a whole new generation, most of whom have little memory of socialist failure. Although the trend is a-historic, it’s […]

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California’s Descent to Socialism

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

California is widely celebrated as the fount of technical, cultural and political innovation. Now we seem primed to outdo even ourselves, creating a new kind of socialism that, in the end, more resembles feudalism than social democracy. The new consensus is being pushed by, among others, hedge-fund-billionaire-turned-green-patriarch Tom Steyer. The financier now insists that, to […]

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The California Economy’s Surface Strength Hides Looming Weakness

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

If you listen to California’s many boosters, things have never been so good. And, to be sure, since 2011, the state appears to have gained its economic footing, and outperformed many of its rivals. Some, such as Los Angeles Magazine and Bloomberg, claim that it is California — not the bumbling Trump regime — that […]

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California’s War on the Emerging Generation

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

It should be the obligation of older citizens to try to improve the prospects for their successors. But, here in California, as seen in a new report issued by the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy, we seem to have adopted an agenda designed to make things tougher for them. Millennials everywhere face many challenges. […]

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The News Media are Losing their Search for Truth

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

  To someone who has spent most of his career in the news business, it’s distressing to confront the current state of the media. Rather than a source of information and varied opinion, the media increasingly act not so such as disseminators of information but as a privileged and separate caste, determined to shape opinion […]

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The Arrogance of Blue America

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

In the wake of the Trumpocalypse, many in the deepest blue cores have turned on those parts of America that supported the president’s election, developing oikophobia—an irrational fear of their fellow citizens. The rage against red America is so strong that The New York Time’s predictably progressive Nick Kristoff says his calls to understand red voters were “my […]

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The Other California: A Flyover State Within a State

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

California may never secede, or divide into different states, but it has effectively split into entities that could not be more different. On one side is the much-celebrated, post-industrial, coastal California, beneficiary of both the Tech Boom 2.0 and a relentlessly inflating property market. The other California, located in the state’s interior, is still tied […]

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