The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

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

In this past election, those over 45 strongly favored Trump, while those younger than that cast their ballots for Clinton. Trump’s improbable victory, and the more significant GOP sweep across the country, demonstrated that the much-ballyhooed millennials simply are not yet sufficiently numerous or united enough to overcome the votes of the older generations. Yet over time, the millennials—arguably the […]

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Decentralize Government to Resolve Country’s Divisions

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

America is increasingly a nation haunted by fears of looming dictatorship. Whether under President Barack Obama’s “pen and phone” rule by decree, or its counterpoint, the madcap Twitter rule of our current chief executive, one part of the country, and society, always feels mortally threatened by whoever occupies the Oval Office. Given this worsening divide, […]

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The High Cost of a Home Is Turning American Millennials Into the New Serfs

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

American greatness was long premised on the common assumption that each generation would do better than the previous one. That is being undermined for the emerging millennial generation. The problems facing millennials include an economy where job growth has been largely in service and part-time employment, producing lower incomes; the Census bureau estimates they earn, even with a full-time job, $2,000 less in […]

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The Immigration Dilemma

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

In often needlessly harsh ways, President Donald Trump is forcing Americans to face issues that have been festering for decades, but effectively swept under the rug by the ruling party duopoly. Nowhere is this more evident than with immigration, an issue that helped to spark Trump’s quixotic, but ultimately successful, campaign. Many Americans are clearly […]

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California as Alt-America

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

In 1949 the historian Carey McWilliams defined California as the “the Great Exception” — a place so different from the rest of America as to seem almost a separate country. In the ensuing half-century, the Golden State became not so much exceptional but predictive of the rest of the nation: California’s approaches to public education, […]

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How Silicon Valley’s Oligarchs Are Learning to Stop Worrying and Love Trump

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

The oligarchs’ ball at Trump Tower revealed one not-so-well-kept secret about the tech moguls: They are more like the new president than they are like you or me. In what devolved into something of a love fest, Trump embraced the tech elite for their “incredible innovation” and pledged to help them achieve their goals—one of which, of course, is […]

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California Jumps the Shark

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

America may have trended toward the GOP, but California seems determined to find its own direction. The only question is, simply, how much more progressive the Golden State will become, even in the face of a far more conservative country beyond the Sierras. This election confirmed, if it was needed, the death spiral of the […]

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Improbable Demographics Behind Donald Trump’s Shocking Presidential Victory

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

In an election so ugly and so close, one is reluctant to proclaim winners. But it’s clear that there’s a loser — the very notion of the United States of America. Instead we have populations and geographies that barely seem to belong in the same country, if not on the same planet. The electorate is […]

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Real Estate Doesn’t Make An Economy

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

From Southern California to Shanghai and London, inflated real estate prices have evolved into a simulacrum for broader prosperity. In an era of limited income gains, growing inequality, political dysfunction and fading productivity, the conjunction of low interest rates and essentially free money for the rich and well-placed has sparked the construction of often expensive, […]

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The New War Between the States

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

In this disgusting election, dominated by the personal and the petty, the importance of the nation’s economic geography has been widely ignored. Yet if you look at the Electoral College map, the correlation between politics and economics is quite stark, with one economy tilting decisively toward Trump and more generally to Republicans, the other toward […]

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