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California’s Choice – Growth or Decline

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

I’ve been friends with Charlie Sena for almost two decades. Charlie, a longtime entrepreneur, Democratic political operative and fundraiser for former Gov. Gray Davis, recently chided me about what he sees as my “negativity” about California and its future. My response was that, given its natural advantages, this region should not be in such a […]

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Watch What You Say, The New Liberal Power Elite Won’t Tolerate Dissent

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

In ways not seen since at least the McCarthy era, Americans are finding themselves increasingly constrained by a rising class—what I call the progressive Clerisy—that accepts no dissent from its basic tenets. Like the First Estate in pre-revolutionary France, the Clerisy increasingly exercises its power to constrain dissenting views, whether on politics, social attitudes or […]

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Inland California Needs to Get in the Zone

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

California’s dream is shrinking inexorably, and only radical steps can prevent the condition from becoming permanent. Compared with previous economic expansions, fewer state residents and communities are benefiting from this recovery, which has largely been restricted to the small coastal zone surrounding the Bay Area, as well as certain parts of western Los Angeles, Orange […]

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Pandering to the Minority Vote

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

As they approach what could be a troublesome election season, Democratic party strategists have targeted two issues – inequality and race – as their primary means to prevent another shellacking in the mid-terms. But given the growing dominance of wealthy and overwhelmingly white gentry liberals, the class issue could prove troublesome, particularly given the tepid performance of […]

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Three-headed Democratic Party

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

As they face the midterm elections with the wind in their faces, Democrats increasingly stake their collective political future on the issue of inequality. The topic has great resonance, given the economy’s vast preponderance of benefits to the very rich and the almost obsessive focus on the issue by the mainstream media. But if raising […]

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Reversing American Decline

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

Across broad ideological lines, Americans now foresee a dismal, downwardly mobile future for the country’s middle and working classes. While previous generations generally did far better than their predecessors, those in the current one, outside the very rich, are locked in a struggle to carve out the economic opportunities and access to property that had […]

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Stop Favoring Investors, Speculators over Middle Class

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

I, like most members of the middle class, particularly in California, just paid a tax bill that seemed less like my fair share than a shakedown by the Mafia. Increasingly, for people who run small businesses or earn a decent income, the tax bite is becoming ever more like in Europe, with total bills in […]

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Silicon Valley’s Giants Are Just Gilded Age Tycoons in Techno-Utopian Clothes

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

Silicon Valley’s biggest names—Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe—reached a settlement in a contentious $3 billion anti-trust suit brought by workers who accused the tech giants of secretly colluding to not recruit each other’s employees. The workers won, but not much, receiving only a rumored $300 million, a small fraction of the billions the companies might have been forced […]

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Turn Of The Screwed: Does The GOP Have A Shot At Wooing Disgruntled Millennials?

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

Over the past five years, the millennial generation (born after 1983) has been exercising greater influence over the economy, society and politics of the country, a trend that will only grow in the coming years. So far, they’ve leaned Democratic in the voting booth, but could the lousy economic fate of what I’ve dubbed “the […]

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The Spread Of ‘Debate Is Over’ Syndrome

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

The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint. Steyn, whose column has appeared for years on these pages, may be alternatingly entertaining or over-the-top obnoxious, but the slander lawsuit against him marks […]

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