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The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox —

Democratic “blue” state attitudes may dominate the national media, but they can’t yet tell people where to live, which is increasingly in “red” states.

Gov. Jerry Brown, photo credit Neon Tommy via Flickr

California’s Tribal Politics

Rather than a functioning democracy, California has become a one-party state dominated by a series of tribes whose special priorities are sacrosanct, however much they might hurt the rest of us…

Leaving California? After Slowing, the Trend Intensifies

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Given its iconic hold on the American imagination, the idea that more Americans are leaving California than coming breaches our own sense of uniqueness and promise.

To Reunite America, Liberate Cities to Govern Themselves

By Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida — Even setting aside the dysfunction of our national government, the fact is that no top-down, one-size-fits-all set of policies can address the very different conditions that prevail among communities.

The Other California: a Flyover State Within a State

California may never secede, or divide into different states, but it has effectively split into entities that could not be more different.

Jerry Brown, Photo credit "Neon Tommy"

California: The Republic of Climate

California could accelerate its ongoing emergence as what could be called “the Republic of Climate” as political leaders pursue policies that keep energy and housing prices high…

The End of the Asian Era

by Joel Kotkin

For the past 40 years, the Pacific Rim has been, if you will, California’s trump card. But now, in the age of decelerating globalization…

Generations of Citizens

Gen Xers Mark the Spot in California

Generation X, the group between the boomers and the millennials, has been largely cast aside in the media and marketing world, victims of their generation’s small size and lack of identity.

Tech Leaders Meet with Trump

Can Tech Oligarchs Thrive Under Trump?

With the first billionaire in the White House, Wall Street booming and, for the first time in almost a decade, very solid and broad based job growth, one would think America’s business elite would be beaming. But that’s not so; the country’s moguls are more divided…

The Cities Creating the Most Tech Jobs in 2017

A growing tech industry is often considered the ultimate sign of a healthy local economy. By that measure, the Bay Area still stands at the top of the heap in the United States, but our survey of the metropolitan areas with the strongest tech job growth turns up some surprising places not usually thought of as tech meccas.