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

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

Dark Days Lie Ahead in the Dystopia of California

by Gerard Baker

This article first appeared in The Times UK

With blackouts, crippling taxation and unaffordable housing, the Golden State is a feudal society of super-rich and serfs.

Fifty years ago, in her song California, Joni Mitchell captured the universal appeal of the eponymous state, a land of endless sunshine and golden opportunity. Contrasting her adopted home with the sheer greyness of life elsewhere, she wrote: “My heart cried out for you, California/ Oh California, I’m coming home”.

Coming home to California is not what people are crying out for these days. Read more

Great Australian Dream is Fading Says Planner Joel Kotkin

by Georgia Shaw, The Daily Telegraph

This article first appeared in The Daily Telegraph

A leading urban planner has accused planners of destroying the great Australian dream and urged the government to drive a renewed focus on middle Australia by targeting development on the outskirts of Sydney.

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Kotkin on KNX 1070 News Radio – Who Wants to Live in California?

With: KNX InDepth
On: KNX 10.70 News Radio

Who wants to live in California anymore? Joel Kotkin talks about the challenges that California faces in attracting people and helping them stay. Read a related piece by Joel, on losses among the family-formation age demographic critical to California’s future.

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