Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

Amazon Eats Up Whole Foods as the New Masters of the Universe Plunder America

With his acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made clear his determination to dominate every facet of mass retailing, likely at the cost of massive layoffs…

SF Downtown

Joel Kotkin on California’s Descent into Socialism

California prides itself on being the resistance. Resist Trump, fight climate change, be progressive, it’s all a bunch of nonsense. There’s no way the left’s ideas can really work. California has become a dangerous liberal experiment.

Xi Jinping, photo by Michael Temer

Is America Now Second-Rate?

President Donald Trump’s recent renunciation of the Paris climate change accords has spurred “the international community” to pronounce America’s sudden exit from global leadership.

Aerospace Manufacturing

Where Manufacturing is Thriving in the U.S.

Throughout the dismal presidential campaign, the plight of America’s manufacturing sector played a central role. Despite all the concerns raised about factory jobs leaving the country…

Tom Steyer

California’s Descent to Socialism

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.

Bernie Sanders

The Coming Democratic Civil War

Even before the election of Donald Trump, and more so afterwards, the dysfunction of the GOP has been glaringly obvious. Yet, favorability ratings for the Democrats, notes Gallup, have also been dropping, and are nearly identical to that of the Republicans.

The Great Betrayal of Middle America

To America’s vast midsection, Trump represented a beacon of hope. Yet in barely six months, Trump is emerging as the latest politician to betray middle America.

Alan and Joel

Preparing for the Infinite Suburb

Hyperloop-One has a Q&A Alan Berger and Joel Kotkin, co-authors of an upcoming book titled “Infinite Suburbia”. Third in a series of conversations during Infrastructure Week.

Gov. Jerry Brown speaking on environmental policy

The California economy’s surface strength hides looming weakness

If you listen to California’s many boosters, things have never been so good. And, to be sure, since 2011, the state appears to have gained its economic footing, and outperformed many of its rivals.

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance, economic development experts discuss the heartland

It was all about middle America at “The New American Heartland” forum in Cleveland, as Moderator Joel Kotkin asked panel members to identify the region’s biggest obstacles to success.