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.

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.

America After COVID: What Demographics Tell Us

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — The Covid-19 pandemic, it’s clear, will help reshape America’s economic and demographic future. Yet, many of the trends that we may associate with this reshaping—the rise of online work, a growing interest in suburbia and smaller cities—were already in place before the pandemic. The pandemic did not originate these trends, but it will likely accelerate them.

Democratic Prospects & The Plural Generation with Morely Winograd

Democratic Prospects & The Plural Generation with Morley Winograd

In this episode of the Feudal Future podcast, Morley Winograd joins hosts Joel and Marshall on Feudal Future Podcast to talk about the 2020 election, and the prospects for a democratic administration should they win.

Oil rig off the coast of California

Democrats’ Energy Dilemma

The biggest challenge facing a putative first-term Joe Biden administration and the Democratic Party may lie with energy policy, where gentry and green wishful thinking confront the daily realities of millions of middle- and working-class Americans.

Fedual Future Podcast with guest John Russo

Politics, Polarization & The Plight Of The Middle & Working Classes With John Russo

In this episode of the Feudal Future podcast, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky interview John Russo, co-author of Steel Town USA and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University. John has spent most of his academic career at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and he has spent much time cataloguing the plight of the middle class and working class in the US.

The Roots of California’s Tattered Economy Were Planted Long Before the Coronavirus Arrived

by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky — California is in far worse shape economically than the great majority of other states also struggling through the pandemic. COVID-19 may be the primary cause of our current distress, but the evolving structure of our economy has exacerbated this calamity.

Video event: Joel Kotkin talks with Walter Mead of Hudson Institute

Making the Middle Class Wealthier: A Conversation with Joel Kotkin

Join Hudson Institute for a discussion with Joel Kotkin about building middle-class wealth and housing opportunities.

Trump Finally Slaps Google with an Anti-Trust Suit, and Protects Democracy

Sometimes Donald Trump does the right thing, even if it may be for the wrong reasons. His Justice Department’s late-term assault on Google for its monopolistic tyranny over search and digital advertising is precisely what is needed.