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California’s Climate Extremism

Environmental extremism increasingly dominates California. The state is making a concerted attack on energy companies in the courts…

Europe Has Lost Its Way in Culture and Economics

America under Donald Trump may be polarized and somewhat out of control, but Europe is in clear and imminent decline. The continent is lagging economically, demographically and even culturally…

Patriarchy or No, it’s Good to Have Dad Around on Father’s Day

This Father’s Day takes place amid growing assault on what is widely called “patriarchy.” In the era of #MeToo-inspired militant feminism, it’s become increasingly fashionable to reject maleness and castigate fatherhood.

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Blue-collar Blues in the Southern California Job Market

Every year over the past decade, in the Forbes’ annual “Best Places for Jobs” survey, we have been fortunate to assess Southern California’s job market and compare it to other large metropolitan areas. Our economic legacy remains strong, but the rest of the world is catching up on us, and fast.

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The Middle East Could Use Less Warfare and More Capitalism

by Joel Kotkin — Jet fighters, smart bombs, terrorism and ethnic cleansing have not exactly improved the Middle East. Yet the perennial world trouble spot is not without resources — an increasingly educated population, massive energy resources and ample capital…

California Governor Jerry Brown


Jerry Brown’s long political career will likely end in January 2019, when the 80-year-old’s second stint as California governor concludes. In the media’s eyes—and in his own mind—Brown’s gubernatorial encore has been a rousing success.

The Fight For Our Future Belongs to the ‘Burbs

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — Look away from President Trump and it’s easier to see how three long-term demographic and geographic trends are reshaping American politics. The demography favors Democrats. The geography, on the other hand, favors Republicans.

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Trump’s Opposition to Unrestricted Globalism Might Prove a Historical Necessity

Ever since the Second World War, the United States was able to both lead and effectively subsidize the rest of the world. Trump’s “America First” approach is crudely stated and has bad antecedents, but, frankly, where was the other strategy getting us?

The Cities Creating The Most White-Collar Jobs, 2018

by Joel Kotkin and Dr. Michael Shires — Professional and business services have long been identified with downtown New York, Chicago and San Francisco, where lawyers, accountants and architects are thick on the ground. However, in recent years there’s been a clear shift in the geography of this vital sector…

Where U.S. Manufacturing is Thriving, 2018

by Joel Kotkin and Dr. Michael Shires — ‘80s futurist John Naisbitt once called manufacturing a “a declining sport,” and the share of Americans working in factories has fallen from 30% to roughly 8.5%. Yet, manufacturing’s contributions to the economy are far out of proportion to its shrinking share of employment.