America Is Number One: Too Bad The Politicians Don’t See It

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

The United States is a great country dominated by small minds. The two dominant political forces of our time — the progressive left and the Trumpian right — have a stake in pushing a declinist narrative, one to change the country in a more statist direction, the other to stir up resentment and nostalgia among […]

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The Regression of America’s Big Progressive Cities

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

If there’s anything productive to come from his recent Twitter storm, President Trump’s recent crude attacks on Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings have succeeded in bring necessary attention to the increasingly tragic state of our cities. Baltimore’s continued woes, after numerous attempts to position itself as a “comeback city,” illustrates all too poignantly the deep-seated decay […]

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The Return to Serfdom

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

I’m not a free-market fundamentalist. To me, the beauty of liberal capitalism lies in its performance: More people live well, and live longer, than ever before. Millions of working-class people have moved from poverty to become homeowners and have seen their offspring rise into the middle class or higher. Today this egalitarian capitalist progress is […]

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The Tech Oligarchs Are Going to Destroy Democracy — Unless We Stop Them

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

When there is a general change in conditions, it is as if the entire creation had changed, and the whole world altered. —Ibn Khaldun, 14th-century Arab historian Congressional posturing about tech firms may have quieted for the moment, but the existential crisis that these firms are creating remains as now unchecked. Even faced with opposition […]

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The Rise of the Intolerant Left

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

In the past, the right, notably the segment affiliated with religious belief, was closely associated with censorship and control of thought. Today, enforced orthodoxy derives primarily from the left, emboldened by near total control of the media, university curricula and cultural products. Remarkably, a recent study by the Atlantic found that “the most politically intolerant […]

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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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