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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America’s New Brainpower Cities

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

Brainpower rankings usually identify the usual suspects: college towns like Boston, Washington, D.C.,  and the San Francisco Bay area. And to be sure, these places generally have the highest per capita education levels. However, it’s worthwhile to look at the metro areas that are gaining college graduates most rapidly; this is an indicator of momentum that is […]

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Don’t Make Big-City Mayors Regional Rulers

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

Given the quality of leadership in Washington, it’s not surprising that many pundits are shifting focus to locally based solutions to pressing problems. This increasingly includes many progressives, who historically have embraced an ever-more expansive federal government. In many ways, this constitutes an extraordinarily positive development. Political decentralization is built into the very framework of […]

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Concentrated Wealth or Democracy, but Not Both

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

In many uncomfortable ways, American politics now resemble those that arose late in the Roman Republic. As wealth and land ownership concentrated in few hands, a state built on the discipline of soldiers who tended their own farms became ever more dominated by fractious oligarchs. As property consolidated into huge slave-owning estates, more citizens became landless […]

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Era of the Migrant Moguls

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

Southern California, once the center of one of the world’s most vibrant business communities, has seen its economic leadership become largely rudderless. Business interests have been losing power for decades, as organized labor, ethnic politicians, green activists, intrusive planners, crony developers and local NIMBYs have slowly supplanted the leaders of major corporations and industries, whose […]

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Taking the Main Street Off-ramp

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

To some, the $19 billion paid by Facebook for the Silicon Valley start-up What’s App represents the ultimate confirmation of the capitalist dream. After all, these riches are going first and foremost to plucky engineers whose goals are simply to make life better for the public. Got a problem with that? Yes, actually. Sure, people […]

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Energy Running Out of California

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

The recent decision by Occidental Petroleum to move its headquarters to Houston from Los Angeles, where it was founded over a half-century ago, confirms the futility and delusion embodied in California’s ultragreen energy policies. By embracing solar and wind as preferred sources of generating power, the state promotes an ever-widening gap between its declining middle- […]

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