Eric Garcetti for president? Really?

Joel Kotkin

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


Someone may be putting something in the Los Angeles water supply. In the past months, two unlikely L.A.-based presidential contenders — Mayor Eric Garcetti and Disney Chief Robert Iger — have been floated in the media, including in the New York Times. But before we start worrying about how an L.A.-based president might affect traffic […]

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Robert Iger For President?

Joel Kotkin

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


Few global companies enjoy as much public good will as the Walt Disney Company. The entertainment giant regularly ranks highly on lists of the most admired or trusted companies, including ones from Forbes and Fortune. CEO Robert Iger, who reportedly is being encouraged to run for president in 2020, would be able to use the […]

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The New State Role Models

Joel Kotkin

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


With Congress on what appears to be a permanent hold, the search for a workable political model now shifts increasingly to states and localities. Today America’s divergent geographies resemble separate planets, with policy agendas from immigration and climate change that vary wildly from place to place. The greatest divide lies between the deep blue states, notably California, and progressive […]

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Where America’s Highest Earners Live

Joel Kotkin

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


The mainstream media commonly assumes that affluent Americans like to cluster in the dense cores of cities. This impression has been heightened by some eye-catching recent announcements by big companies of plans to move their headquarters from the ‘burbs to big cities, like General Electric to Boston and McDonald’s to Chicago. Yet a thorough examination of Census […]

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Big Tech Finds Itself Lacking Political Allies

Joel Kotkin

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


Our nation’s ruling tech oligarchs may be geniuses in making money through software, but they are showing themselves to be not so adept in the less quantifiable world of politics. Once the toast of the political world, the ever more economically dominant tech elite now face growing political opposition, both domestically and around the world. […]

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Trump Damaged Democracy, Silicon Valley Will Finish It Off

Joel Kotkin

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


When Democrats made their post-election populist “Better Deal” pitch, they took a strong stance against pharmaceutical and financial monopolies. But they conspicuously left out the most profound antitrust challenge of our time—the tech oligarchy. The information sector, notes The Economist, is now the most consolidated sector of the American economy. The Silicon Valley and its Puget Sound annex dominated […]

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Reconciling the three Democratic parties

Joel Kotkin

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


With President Donald Trump’s Dr. Demento impersonation undermining his own party, the road should be open for Democrats to sweep the next election cycle. And, for the first time since their horrific defeat of 2016, not only nationally but also in the states, the Democrats are slowly waking up to the reality that they need […]

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Why the Greens Lost, and Trump Won

Joel Kotkin

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


When President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accords, embraced coal, and stacked his administration from people from fossil-fuel producing states, the environmental movement reacted with near-apocalyptic fear and fury. They would have been better off beginning to understand precisely why the country has become so indifferent to their cause, as evidenced by the victory not only of […]

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Why Socialism Is Back

Joel Kotkin

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


Even as Venezuela falls deeper into crisis, and the former Soviet bloc nations groan under its legacy, socialism is coming back, and in a big way. Its key supporters are not grizzled pensioners yearning for Marxist security, but a whole new generation, most of whom have little memory of socialist failure. Although the trend is a-historic, it’s […]

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California’s Descent to Socialism

Joel Kotkin

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


California is widely celebrated as the fount of technical, cultural and political innovation. Now we seem primed to outdo even ourselves, creating a new kind of socialism that, in the end, more resembles feudalism than social democracy. The new consensus is being pushed by, among others, hedge-fund-billionaire-turned-green-patriarch Tom Steyer. The financier now insists that, to […]

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