Urban Life and Pandemics

By: Joel Kotkin

Appearing in: The Washington Post

Pandemics have always been the enemy of dense, urban life. Cities, where people live in close quarters and mix with people from other places, are ideal breeding grounds for contagions. So far, by contrast, there have been comparatively few coronavirus infections in the vast middle of the United States, particularly in the rural reaches. Read more

Kotkin Talks About the Two Middle Classes with Amanda Vanstone

With: Amanda Vanstone

On: Counterpoint on Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Joel Kotkin talks about the two distinct middle classes with Amanda Vanstone. The middle class is often broadly described as those who fall into the middle group of workers, compared to the bottom 20% and top 20%; and it’s been widely assumed that those in the middle class have shared interest and aspirations — but Kotkin explains that their interests increasingly diverge. Read the related piece by Joel, on the Two Middle Classes, that is referenced during this interview.

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Kotkin Talks with Dan Proft on The Two Middle Classes

By: Dan Proft
On: Dan Proft Show

Joel Kotkin talks with Dan Proft about how the two middle classes are distinct from each other, and are — or are not — being addressed by our political leaders. Read more

Democrats Have Found Their Own Autocrat

By: Conor Lynch
Appearing In: truthdig

Since Donald Trump captured the Republican nomination four years ago, mainstream media across the political spectrum have warned us about the rise of “populism.” The standard narrative goes something like this: those on the political extremes — especially the far-right but also the far-left—are rapidly gaining ground and subverting liberal democracy across the globe, ushering in a new age of authoritarianism.

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California’s Startup Economy: an Abundance of Attractions and Drawbacks

By: Leigh Buchanan
Appearing In: Inc

California is a land of contradictions. It is at once notorious for business-unfriendliness and the most entrepreneurial state in the nation; a place talented people swarm for the good life and flee because a good life is unaffordable. Read more

Will the Nuclear Family Die Out?

By: Carly Stern
Appearing in: Ozy | The Daily Dose

The nuclear family — where a father, mother and child live in one household — was crowned the mainstream gold standard since the post World War II boom. American sitcoms like I Love Lucy and Leave It to Beaver showed the viewing public what an idealized American family should look like. Fast forward to the 2000s, and the sitcom Modern Family is probably closer to a millennial’s reality.

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How the world has started to realize Africa’s potential

By: C. Gopinath
Appearing in: Business Line

After being ignored for many decades as a lost continent, perhaps what woke up Africa is digital connectivity with the rest of the world.

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Kotkin Talks with NPR on Leaving California

By: CNBC
On: Nightly Business Report with Jane Wells

People are leaving the state of California in droves and it could leave a lasting mark on the world’s 5th largest economy. Joel Kotkin addresses this topic on CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. Read more

Why Companies Are Leaving California For Other States

On: The Exchange
This video piece first appeared on CNBC

Why are companies leaving California for other states?

Charles Schwab is moving its headquarters from California to Texas. Joel Kotkin, Chapman University, joins ‘The Exchange’ to discuss why more and more companies are leaving California for other states. Read more

Checking in On the Gulf of Mexico, America’s Third Coast

By: D. Dowd Muska
This article first appeared in Newsday

Despise the culture and public policies of the nation’s coasts? You’re overlooking something: the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2012, Joel Kotkin observed that the U.S. “economy, long dominated by the East and West coasts, is undergoing a dramatic geographic shift” toward “the urbanized, broadly coastal region spanning the Gulf from Brownsville, Texas, to greater Tampa.” Crowning it an “emerging … center of industry, innovation and economic growth,” the scholar speculated that “the Third Coast could become one of the major forces in 21st-century America.” Read more