Today’s Tech Oligarchs Are Worse Than the Robber Barons

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

Yes, Jay Gould was a bad guy. But at least he helped build societal wealth. Not so our Silicon Valley overlords. And they have our politicians in their pockets. A decade ago these guys—and they are mostly guys—were folk heroes, and for many people, they remain so. They represented everything traditional business, from Wall Street and Hollywood […]

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The Future of Latino Politics

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

The sad decline in race relations has focused, almost exclusively, on the age-old, and sadly growing, chasm between black and white. Yet this divide may prove far less important, particularly in this election, than the direction of the Latino community. This may be the first election where Latinos, now the nation’s largest minority group, may […]

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Why the World Is Rebelling Against ‘Experts’

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

An unconventional, sometimes incoherent, resistance arises to the elites who keep explaining why changes that hurt the middle class are actually for its own good. The Great Rebellion is on and where it leads nobody knows. Its expressions range from Brexit to the Trump phenomena and includes neo-nationalist and unconventional insurgent movement around the world. […]

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Can CA Southland be a ‘New York by the Pacific’?

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

Throughout the recession and the decidedly uneven recovery, Southern California has tended to lag behind, particularly in comparison to the Bay Area and other booming regions outside the state. Once the creator of a dispersed, multipolar urban model – “the original in the Xerox machine” as one observer suggested – this region seems to have […]

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Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump? The Winner Is…the Oligarchy

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

The real winners in election 2016 are going to be the new-economy oligarchs who are among Clinton’s biggest donors. This presidential election may have been driven by populist fever in both parties, but at the end, the campaign has left the nation’s oligarchs in better position than ever. As Bernie Sanders now marches to his […]

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America’s Software And Tech Hotspots

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

Where is America’s tech and software industry thriving? In a new study conducted for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., researchers took an interesting stab at that question, assessing which metro areas have the strongest concentrations of software developers, spread across a broad array of industries, as well as the best compensation and job growth, and access to […]

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California Leaders Double Down on Dry

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

“What do we do with this worthless area, the region of savages and wild beasts, of shifting sands and whirlwinds of dust, of cactus and prairie dogs? To what use could we ever hope to put these great deserts and these endless mountain ranges?” – U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster, on the American West, 1852 […]

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A $15 Minimum Wage Is A Booby Prize For American Workers

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

In principle, there is solid moral ground for the recent drive to boost the minimum wage to $15, with California and New York State taking dramatic steps Monday toward that goal. Low-wage workers have been losing ground for decades, as stagnant incomes have been eroded by higher living costs. This has been particularly tragic for workers in […]

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Aristocracy of Talent: Social Mobility Is the Silver Lining to America’s Inequality Crisis

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

Yes, wealth concentration is insane. But the ways in which wealth is shifting are surprising—and give reason for a little optimism. In an age of oligarchy, one should try to know one’s overlords—how they made their money, and where they want to take the country. By looking at the progress of the super-rich — in […]

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Trumpism: America’s Berlusconi Moment

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

Trump envisioned and created today’s city of white boxes for rootless new money types, who dominate the city even as they leave little mark here. An old joke—that in heaven, the Italians do the cooking; in hell, they run the government—feels a lot darker now that American politics are taking an Italian turn. Since the […]

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