Kotkin Talks About Elites Against Western Civilization with Larry Elder

With: Larry Elder

On: The Larry Elder Show

Joel Kotkin talks about his recent article, Elites Against Western Civilization with Larry Elder, and how advocacy journalism that focuses on a single point of view — instead of informative journalism — hinders solving our problems. Read the related piece by Joel, that is referenced during this interview.

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Kotkin Talks About the Perils of Forgetting with Amanda Vanstone

With: Amanda Vanstone

On: Counterpoint on Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Joel Kotkin talks about the perils of forgetting with Amanda Vanstone, and how the academic focus on a single point of view is contributing to our age of amnesia.  Read the related piece by Joel, on the Age of Amnesia, that is referenced during this interview.

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Kotkin Talks About the Politics of Procreation with Danielle Smith

With: Danielle Smith

On: The Danielle Smith Show on Newstalk 770

Joel Kotkin talks with Danielle Smith talks on the topic of the American birth rate and how it relates to the issue of immigration. Read the related article, by Joel Kotkin on post-familialism, which will drive many of the biggest economic challenges facing many countries. To be sure, a major reduction in childbearing is a blessing in some impoverished parts of the globe, but declining birthrates, and the consequent drop in the workforce, will sap the growth of the higher income countries they depend upon for trade and finance.

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Narrated: The Age of Amnesia

Narrated by: Greg Ellis

On: Quillette

Greg Ellis reads Age of Amnesia, Joel Kotkin’s essay on how the West is in danger of forgetting its own history. It was published in Quillette on July 15, 2019.

America’s Cities Pushing Out Middle Class and Families

With: Tucker Carlson

On: Fox News

Who lives in America’s most “progressive” cities these days? A combination of transient “hipsters” who stay just a few years, some “very, very wealthy people” and the poor “who are dependent on the welfare state,” Chapman University fellow Joel Kotkin told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday.

“The middle class” Kotkin added, “is literally becoming extinct, as is the family, in much of urban America today.”

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Read Joel’s related article here

The American Center Must Stop Being the Silent Majority

With: Antonio Mora

On: News and News

Mora cites a recent article by Joel Kotkin on rejecting divisive identity politics, standing together as America always has because much more unites us than divides us. We must transcend political polarization to strengthen an inclusive notion of American identity. Enough of listening to the loudest voices in the room on the left and right. They can have their say, but they cannot dominate the debate. We are the majority. We can no longer be the silent majority.


Joel Kotkin Explains The ‘Regression of America’s Big Progressive Cities’

By: KFI AM 640
On: John and Ken Show

Joel Kotkin is the executive director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism, as well as the executive editor of NewGeography.com. He’s also an author, and currently lives in Orange County. Read more

Joel on Rod Arquette: America Still Number One

By: KNRS 105.9 Talk Radio
On: Rod Arquette Show

Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, joins the Rod Arquette show to discuss his recent piece in the Orange County Register about America still being number one despite what politicians are saying. Joel’s segment begins at the 23 minute mark. Visit iheartradio to listen

Opinion: Californians’ Transportation Choices Should Be Left to Them—Not Bureaucrats

This article first appeared in the Times of San Diego

Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Metro system “is hemorrhaging bus riders.” The news was presented as, if not a crisis, at least an urgent matter that needs to be promptly addressed. Yet that’s hardly the case.

It’s troubling, we’re supposed to infer, that “passengers have fled” public transportation “for more convenient options — mostly, driving.” According to the Times headline writer, this bloody mess is “worsening traffic and hurting climate goals.”

“The bus exodus poses a serious threat to California’s ambitious climate and transportation goals,” says the Times. “Reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions will be next to impossible, experts say, unless more people start taking public transit.”

It’s been clear for some time policymakers across the state want to pull drivers out of their cars and push them into mass transit, no matter how inconvenient and sometimes painful it can be. Joel Kotkin, Chapman University professor, has been telling us for years that Sacramento has trapped California on a “road diet” in an effort “to make congestion so terrible that people will be forced out of their cars and onto transit.”

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Is California a Shining Example or Third-World State?

Recent weeks have seen a debate of sorts about the image and reality of contemporary California. Is it, as Gov. Gavin Newsom contends, a nation-state proving that economic prosperity, multiculturism and social progress can advance together?

“California is what America is going to look like,” he told a television interviewer. “California is America’s coming attraction.”

Or is it, as Hoover Institute historian Victor Davis Hanson indirectly responded in a Fox News interview, “America’s first third-world state” with widening income and wealth disparities, rampant homelessness, poor schools, and rising disease levels despite high taxes? Read more