The Grand New Party

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

Given the likely defeat of President Donald Trump, a functionally headless Republican Party is destined for a period of reflection. Trump himself, for all his rudeness and often unnecessary, divisive rhetoric, has transformed the Republican Party from being a bastion of the establishment to a voice for America’s working and middle class. In the aftermath […]

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California and Its Contradictions

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

California remains deep blue, but the good news from this week’s elections is that it has not yet achieved complete ballot-box unanimity. California voters appear to have turned two or three house seats red, and statewide voters rejected some of the most extreme progressive proposals governing contract workers, affirmative action, expansion of rent control, and […]

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An “ecotopian” Future: Can California’s Green Extremism Go National?

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

They paved paradise…And put up a parking lot…With a pink hotel, a boutique…And a swinging hot spot…Don’t it always seem to go…That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone — Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi,” 1970 One is often at a loss to explain California to people from other planets—like, say, earth. This […]

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Blue Today, Bluer Tomorrow

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

The long-rising blue tide that has colored American politics and values may have crested, but it could still have enough momentum to make it through the election year. Even if Trump is somehow reelected, the wielders of power and influence — academia, media, Wall Street, Hollywood, the big-tech oligarchs, the dominant nonprofits, and the governmental […]

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Why the 2020 Election Will be Decided in Suburbia

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

American politics is increasingly about dueling geographies. Democrats have become the party of the nation’s cities, while the Republican Party finds its base in rural, small town and low-density exurban America, places of less extreme class divisions than the big cities, but also with less diversity and a smaller share of the population. Yet the […]

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Blackouts And Fires: California’s Summer Attractions

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

In the soft warmth of spring the swallows famously return to Capistrano, but in recent years they are followed by what seems inevitable summer power outages and fires. This is not as pleasant an experience for Californians as the return of our favored feathered companions. Every summer, usually around this time of year, we get […]

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Green Policies Won’t Keep California Truckin’

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

No state advertises its green credentials more than California. That these policies often hurt the economy, driving up housing costs and narrowing opportunities for working-class people while not even doing much for the environment, has not discouraged the state’s environmental overlords. Consider the state’s insistence on electrifying transportation. Even as California reduces its reliable sources […]

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California’s Woke Hypocrisy

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

No state wears its multicultural veneer more ostentatiously than California. The Golden State’s leaders believe that they lead a progressive paradise, ushering in what theorists Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca call “a new progressive era.” Others see California as deserving of nationhood; it reflects, as a New York Times columnist put it, “the shared values […]

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Urban Blues

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

On the surface, progressive “Blue America” has never appeared stronger. President Donald Trump’s leadership failures exposed by the pandemic and the recent disorders, is sinking him in the polls. His rival, Joe Biden, seems likely to concede his traditionally moderate stances to placate the Democrats’ youthful activist and identitarian wings. Radical “transformation” of the United […]

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How the Virus Is Pushing America Toward a Better Future

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

Pessimism is the mood of the day, with 80 percent of Americans saying the country is generally out of control. Even before civil unrest and pestilence, most Americans believed our country was in decline, Pew reported, with a shrinking middle class, increased indebtedness and growing polarization. It’s a dark hour, but the United States has […]

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