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California’s War on the Emerging Generation

It should be the obligation of older citizens to try to improve the prospects for their successors. But, here in California, we seem to have adopted an agenda designed to make things tougher…

Photo credit: Rafał Konieczny, Sacramento Capitol building

The Arrogance of Blue America

In the wake of the Trumpocalypse, many in the deepest blue cores have turned on those parts of America that supported the president’s election, developing oikophobia—an irrational fear of their fellow citizens.

Real Estate and Politics

One tax change that should be made — and certainly won’t be

by George F. Will —

Attempting comprehensive tax reform is like trying to tug many bones from the clamped jaws of many mastiffs. Every provision of the code — now approaching 4 million words — was put there to placate a clamorous faction, or to create a grateful group…

Skyline of Nashville at night

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…