Photo credit: Thomas Hawk, Gavin Newsom Works the Crowd, SF Pride 2015Thomas Hawk

California and Its Contradictions: Rumblings of Realignment Beneath a Solid-Blue Surface

Contradictions between California's tech and entertainment oligarchs and the hard Left are likely to intensify in the years ahead. The state has neglected the basics of business competitiveness, particularly in creating the mid-skilled jobs crucial to a healthy economy.
Homeless tents and flag under CA-87 in San Jose

The Limits of Rhetoric

Joel Kotkin and Charles Blain — If rhetoric were magic, metro areas like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago would be ideal for aspirational minority residents.
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Elite Democrats Could Destroy the Middle Class if Biden Wins in 2020

If these Democrats win both houses of Congress as well as the White House, things could get far worse for the already beleaguered middle class, which has already been rocked by the pandemic.


Joel Kotkin discusses the Green End Game with Dan Proft


Beyond Feudalism

Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky examine how California drifted toward feudalism, and how it can restore upward mobility for middle and working-class citizens.

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Toward More Equitable Urban Growth ReportBeyond Gentrification

This new report explores how unbalanced urban growth has exacerbated class divisions.

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