Joel Kotkin talks with Madeleine Brand About the Future of Cities

By: Madeleine Brand

People have been fleeing cities for months, reports show. A new NPR and Harvard poll out today shows the pandemic’s financial toll on America’s four largest cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Houston. In LA, more than half of all households report serious financial problems. Black and Latino communities are disproportionately affected nationwide.

KCRW talks about the future of cities with Joel Kotkin, a professor and fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, and author of “The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class.” Also in the conversation is Annalee Newitz, a science writer and the author of the forthcoming book “Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age.”

The important thing is to understand that these trends existed before the pandemic. Over the last three-four years, LA, Chicago, New York all lost population. Migration has been moving a) to suburbs, b) to some smaller, more affordable cities. So I think we had a trend that was already developing that is now accelerating.
— Joel Kotkin

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Joel Kotkin talks with City Journal About California’s Neo-Feudal Future

By: Brian C. Anderson
On: City Journal’s 10 Blocks podcast

Joel Kotkin joins Brian Anderson to discuss California’s “increasingly feudal” political and economic order, the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on the state’s lower- and middle-class residents, what Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris means for the Democratic ticket and U.S. politics, and Kotkin’s new book—The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class. Read more

Joel Kotkin talks with Dan Proft About How Race Politics Burns Out

By: Dan Proft
On: Omny

Joel Kotkin joined the Dan Proft to talk about his essay — How Race Politics Burns Out. They cover today’s racial identity politics, and how they have failed to improve the conditions on the ground for the vast majority of historically disadvantaged groups like African-Americans.

Joel and Dan also discuss his other recent pieces — Kamala’s America and The Heartland’s Revival Read more

Joel Kotkin talks with John and Ken on KFI-AM 640

By: John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou
On: John and Ken on Demand

Joel Kotkin joined the John and Ken Show Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. to talk more about what he calls California’s ‘woke revolution,’ and just how much it’s changing the state.

Joel Kotkin talks with John and Ken about his recent piece — California’s Woke Hypocrisy, about how the state’s policies are driving out working and middle class people. Read more

Anglophilia is Fading in America

By: Adrian Wooldridge
In: The Economist, with an excerpt below

The more intriguing question is whether America needs Britain any longer. It still has an appetite for British talent, and not just of the floppy-haired ersatz-upper-class Hugh Grant-style variety: it has taken to comedians with non-u accents such as James Corden and John Oliver, as well as writers who chronicle the experience of minorities such as Zadie Smith. It will also have much more use for the old Atlantic alliance if Mr Trump loses the election, as looks increasingly likely. Joe Biden’s America will be in the business of rebuilding relationships across the board; and despite leaving the eu, Britain, with its deep military, diplomatic and security relations with the United States, will be an important part of that process.

Americans may also discover that they can profit from advice in an area the British know all too well—decline and stagnation. America bears more than a passing resemblance to early-20th-century Britain, which saw itself overtaken in one area after another by a rising and much more disciplined Germany.

“The Coming Neo-Feudalism”, a new book by Joel Kotkin of Chapman University, describes a world quite familiar to the British, in which a hereditary ruling elite lords it over a compliant intelligentsia and an impoverished middle class.

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Joel Kotkin Q&A on ‘The Coming of Neo-Feudalism’

By: Carl M. Cannon
On: RealClearPolitics

Let’s start at the beginning, Joel. In talking about your new book, “The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class,” do you literally fear that liberal capitalism is losing out to economic “feudalism”? And please put that word feudalism in a modern context for our readers.

The parallels are striking. In the long centuries after the feudal era — let’s say starting around 1200 ACE — there was a slow, but gradual rise of upward mobility and growing power to the middle class. In the 20th century this progress was extended to the working class. Despite its many crises, liberal capitalism provided a better way of life and higher expectations not only for Americans, but also Europeans, Japanese, east Asians, including China, Canada, Australia and even some developing countries. Read more

Is the Big Cities Boom Over? Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida Debate on Munk Debates

Does the COVID-19 pandemic spell the end of the big cities boom?

The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe, but it’s our cities that have felt the greatest impact. Research shows that 95% of people infected with the virus live in urban areas. Read more

Joel Kotkin talks to Quillette’s Toby Young About the Pandemic and its Riotous Aftermath

By: Toby Young
On: Quillette

Joel Kotkin, executive director of the Urban Reform Institute and author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism, talks to Toby Young about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on American cities and the rioting that broke out following the death of George Floyd. Joel recently wrote about this in a piece entitled Pandemics and Pandemonium for Quillette. Read more

Joel Kotkin Discusses The Coming of Neo-Feudalism with Mark Bauerlein

By: Mark Bauerlein
On: First Things

Joel Kotkin joins contributing editor Mark Bauerlein on the First Things podcast to talk about his recently published book, The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class Read more

Joel Kotkin talks with Dan Proft about Blue-icide

By: Dan Proft
On: Omny

Joel Kotkin talks with Dan Proft about his recent piece — first published in Tablet Magazine, Urban Blues, on how progressives are engaged in a process of blue-icide. Read more