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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It’s Becoming Springtime for Dictators

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

In a rare burst of independence and self-interest, the California Legislature, led by largely Latino and Inland Democrats, last month defeated Gov. Jerry Brown’s attempt to cut gasoline use in the state by 50 percent by 2030. These political leaders, backed by the leftovers of the once-powerful oil industry, scored points by suggesting that this […]

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Becoming America The Not-So-Beautiful

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

“They don’t know history, but they are making it. But what are they making?” – Victor Serge, “The Conquered City,” 1932 In contrast to the physical sciences, and even other social sciences, the study of history is, by nature, subjective. There is no real mathematical formula to assess the past. It is more an art, or […]

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Neither Olympics Nor NFL Will Rescue Los Angeles

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

We all tend to have fond memories of our greatest moments, and for Los Angeles, the 1984 Olympics has served as a high point in the city’s ascendency. The fact that those Summer Games were brilliantly run, required relatively little city expenditure and turned a profit confirmed all those things we Angelenos loved about our […]

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The Changing Patterns Of U.S. Immigration: What The Presidential Field Should Know

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

Public concern about illegal immigration, particularly among older native-born Americans, as well as the the rising voting power of Latinos, all but guarantees that immigration is an issue that will remain at the forefront in the run-up to the 2016 elections. Nor is this merely a right-wing issue, as evidenced in the controversy over “sanctuary cities”; even the progressive Bernie Sanders has […]

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More Local Decisions Usurped By Ideological Regulators

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

In hip, and even not-so-hip, circles, markets, restaurants and cultural festivals across the country, local is in. Many embrace this ideal as an economic development tool, an environmental win and a form of resistance to ever-greater centralized big business control. Yet when it comes to areas being able to choose their urban form and for […]

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Putting Climate Change Ahead Of Constituents

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

Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment, the agenda being adopted serves to stunt upward mobility, self-sufficiency and property […]

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Countering Progressives’ Assault on Suburbia

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

The next culture war will not be about issues like gay marriage or abortion, but about something more fundamental: how Americans choose to live. In the crosshairs now will not be just recalcitrant Christians or crazed billionaire racists, but the vast majority of Americans who either live in suburban-style housing or aspire to do so […]

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