Property and Democracy in America

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

To understand how American democracy has worked, and why its future may be limited, it’s critical to look at the issue of property. From early on, the country’s republican institutions have rested on the notion of dispersed ownership of land — a striking departure from the realities of feudal Europe, east Asia or the Middle […]

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The Real Conflict Is Not Racial or Sexual, It’s Between The Ascendant Rich Elites and The Rest Of Us

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

Despite the media’s obsession on gender, race and sexual orientation, the real and determining divide in America and other advanced countries lies in the growing conflict between the ascendant upper class and the vast, and increasingly embattled, middle and working classes. We’ve seen this fight before. The current conflict fundamentally reprises the end of the […]

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Common Sense versus Climate Hysteria

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

Whether it’s fires in California or Brazil, hurricanes like Dorian or your summer hot spell, it’s not just weather anymore but a sign of the impending apocalypse. This specter of imminent demise tied to the everyday, notes one American Psychological Association study, has induced “stress, depression and anxiety” among a wide part of the population. […]

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The American Working Class Dilemma

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

For the past 125 years, Labor Day has been a time to celebrate the relevance, and political power, of the American working class. As recently as the 1990s, organized labor’s big day was an important milestone on the political calendar, particularly for Democrats. But in recent decades, America’s working class has had precious little celebrate. […]

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Will The Democrats End Up Saving The California Republican Party?

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

Left to its own devices, California’s Republican Party would be ready to be embalmed for display at the Museum of Natural History. But there’s one last hope for the state GOP: the growing lunacy among Democrats. Many positions now taken for granted by Democrats should threaten their hold on the bulk of California’s middle- and […]

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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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