The New Masters of the Universe

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

Every age produces its own brand of oligarchs – feudal lords, banking gnomes, captains of industry. Our age has its own incipient ruling class, the tech oligarchs. The ascendency of these new hegemons is barely complete, and could conceivably be slowed or even reversed. But the tidal wave of new wealth, and even greater influence, […]

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Los Angeles: City Of Losers?

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

When I arrived in Los Angeles four decades ago, it was clearly a city on the rise, practicing its lines on the way to becoming the dominant metropolis in North America. Today, the City of Angels and much of Southern California lag behind not only a resurgent New York City, but also L.A.’s longtime regional rival, San […]

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Paris and the Politics of Climate

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

To some, particularly in the green movement, this month’s Paris climate change summit represents something like the great synods of the early Christian era, where truth and policy, for example, on pastoral celibacy, were determined by the princes of the church. Some others, largely marginalized on the fringes of the Right, insist the whole extravaganza […]

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Tech Titans Want To Be Masters Of All Media We Survey

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

The rising tech oligarchy, having disrupted everything from hotels and taxis to banking, music and travel, is also taking over the content side of the media business. In the process, we might see the future decline of traditional media, including both news and entertainment, and a huge shift in media power away from both Hollywood […]

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Jerry Brown’s Insufferable Green Piety

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

As the UN’s climate change conference opens in Paris on Nov. 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown’s holier-than-thou pronouncements on climate change will be the gospel of choice. At the site of real and immediate tragedy, an old man comes, wielding not a sword to protect civilization from ghastly present threats but to preach the sanctity […]

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The Cities Where Your Salary Will Stretch The Furthest 2015

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

Average pay varies widely among U.S. cities, but those chasing work opportunities would do well to keep an eye on costs as well. Salaries may be higher on the East and West coasts, but for the most part, equally high prices there mean that the fatter paychecks aren’t necessarily getting the locals ahead. To determine which […]

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Are We Heading for An Economic Civil War?

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

When we speak about the ever-expanding chasm that defines modern American politics, we usually focus on cultural issues such as gay marriage, race, or religion. But as often has been the case throughout our history, the biggest source of division may be largely economic. Today we see a growing conflict between the economy that produces […]

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The Looming Political Battle of the Ages

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

The old issues of class, race and geography may still dominate coverage of our changing political landscape, but perhaps a more compelling divide relates to generations. American politics are being shaped by two gigantic generations – the baby boomers and their offspring, the millennials – as well as smaller cohorts of Generation X, who preceded […]

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How Big Government and Big Business Stick It to Small U.S. Businesses

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

From the inception of the Soviet Union, transformation was built, quite consciously, on eliminating those forces that could impede radical change. In many ways, the true enemy was not the large foreign capitalists (some of whom were welcomed from abroad to aid modernization) but the small firm, the independent property owner. “Small scale commercial production is, every […]

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Environmental Activists Turn Up The Rhetorical Heat

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

What is the endgame of the contemporary green movement? It’s a critical question since environmentalism arguably has become the leading ideological influence in both California government and within the Obama administration. In their public pronouncements, environmental activists have been adept at portraying the green movement as reasonable, science-based and even welcoming of economic growth, often […]

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