Entries by Joel Kotkin

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party

Appearing in: The Orange County Register The Democratic Party’s current festival of re-examination is both necessary and justified. They have just lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in recent memory. Lockstep media support and a much larger war chest were not enough to save them from losing not only the presidency, but also in […]

Five Ideas to Make America Greater

Appearing in: The Orange County Register Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was based on the notion that he could “Make America Great Again.” But beyond the rhetoric — sometimes lurching into demagoguery — the newly elected president comes to office, as one commentator suggests, “the least policy-savvy president in history.” To succeed, Trump must adopt innovative […]

Here’s How Donald Trump Could End America’s New Feudalism

Appearing in: The Daily Beast One obvious, if little discussed, reason the progressive wave receded last week: The left’s increasingly unappealing economic agenda. In the past, progressives focused on improving conditions for working and middle class Americans through economic growth, home ownership and expansive infrastructure projects. Today, notes former Bill Clinton aide William Galston, progressives rarely […]

California Jumps the Shark

Appearing in: Orange County Register America may have trended toward the GOP, but California seems determined to find its own direction. The only question is, simply, how much more progressive the Golden State will become, even in the face of a far more conservative country beyond the Sierras. This election confirmed, if it was needed, […]

Trumping the Elites

Appearing in: The City Journal She had it all—the pliant media, the tech oligarchs, Wall Street, the property moguls, the academics, and the all-around “smart people.” What Hillary Clinton didn’t have was flyover country, the economic “leftovers,” the small towns, the unhipstered suburbs, and other unfashionable places. As Thomas Frank has noted, Democrats have gone “from […]

Can Working Class, Elite Form Alliance?

Appearing in: Orange County Register Can the party of oligarchy also be the party of the people? Besides fending off the never-ending taint of corruption, which could weaken the extent of her “mandate,” this may prove the central challenge of a Hillary Clinton regime. No candidate in recent memory — at least, not since Lyndon […]

Real Estate Doesn’t Make an Economy

Appearing in: Orange County Register From Southern California to Shanghai and London, inflated real estate prices have evolved into a simulacrum for broader prosperity. In an era of limited income gains, growing inequality, political dysfunction and fading productivity, the conjunction of low interest rates and essentially free money for the rich and well-placed has sparked […]

Erasing Anglo Cultural Heritage Risks What Makes our Republic Diverse

Appearing in: Orange County Register It’s increasingly unfashionable to celebrate those who made this republic and established its core values. On college campuses, the media and, increasingly, in corporate circles, the embrace of “diversity” extends to demeaning the founding designers who arose from a white population that was 80 percent British.