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The Slaughter of the Tech Unicorns

After nearly two triumphant decades marked by an unprecedented accumulation of both wealth and power, our tech oligarchy seems to be running out of luck. Newly issued IPOs—Uber, Lyft and Slack—are losing value, while others in the on-desk circle, such as the once widely anticipated We, are headed back to the bench.

CNN sues White House to regain access for reporter Jim Acosta

Media Meltdowns and Political Polarization

The mainstream media increasingly appears much like the classic tale of the boy who cried wolf so often that when the wolf showed up no one believed him. The media’s credibility in the ongoing impeachment saga is now widely doubted, even if this time they may actually be right about presidential misdeeds.

China’s Looming Class Struggle

Westerners tend to identify China’s coming political crisis with developments such as the brave, educated, and often English-speaking protests in Hong Kong. Although they undoubtedly pose an annoyance to Xi Jinping’s regime, the real existential challenge to the regime derives not from China’s middle orders but from the very classes that gave birth to the Communist regime.

Dreaming of an America Where Solutions Trump Ideology

In the ever-intensifying battle between red and blue, the consultants, fixers and self-serving media thrive, but America suffers. I dream of a purple America where politics is civil and focuses on solving problems. The good news is that the country is actually far purpler than either red or blue.

economic protest at Trump tower

The Old Can Share the Wealth, Or the Young Will Take it From Them

The next great political civil wars won’t be over race, the nation-state, religion or even class. They will be generational, pitching the Boomers, who still dominate the global economy, against their offspring, the Millennials, who assuredly do not.

Can California Win the New Space Race?

California may have gotten its global allure from the Gold Rush and the movies, but it’s planes, missiles and now drones and spaceships that have underpinned the state’s industrial emergence.

Benjamin Franklin College at Yale University

Elites Against Western Civilization

The intellectual class across the West—encompassing its universities, media, and arts—is striving to dismantle the values that paced its ascendancy. Europe, the source of Western civilization, now faces a campaign, in academia and elite media, to replace its cultural and religious traditions with what one author describes as a “multicultural and post-racial republic” supportive of separate identities.

Capitol Hill at Dusk

So Much for Localism

In the months that followed President Trump’s election, many thoughtful Democrats and progressives re-discovered the beauties of federalism. After all, with a brute in the White House, maybe the best thing to do was to devolve power to the local level, notably in urban centers where Trump is about as popular as the bubonic plague.

Property and Democracy in America

To understand how American democracy has worked, and why its future may be limited, it’s critical to look at the issue of property. From early on, the country’s republican institutions have rested on the notion of dispersed ownership of land — a striking departure from the realities of feudal Europe, east Asia or the Middle East.

Transit Planners Want to Make Your Life Worse

In our system of government, the public sector is supposed to serve the public. But increasingly, our state and local bureaucracies seek to tell the public how to live, even if the result is to make life worse.