Joel Kotkin talks with Andy Caldwell

By: Andy Caldwell
On: Soundcloud

Joel Kotkin talks with Andy Caldwell about his just released book, The Coming of Neo Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class and how the coronavirus is affecting small businesses. Joel’s section starts at 42:24 Read more

Joel Talks About Hygienic Fascism with Dennis Prager

On: The Dennis Prager Show

Joel Kotkin joins Dennis to talk about his latest piece published in The Hill “Hygienic fascism: Turning the world into a ‘safe space’ — but at what cost?” Read more

Coronavirus lessons on density, mass transit, bureaucracy and censorship: They kill.

Appearing in: USA Today
By: Glenn Harlan Reynolds

The novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, also known as COVID-19, is still spreading around the world. Even now, there are many things we don’t know: How fatal will it turn out to be when all the numbers are crunched? Did it escape from a Chinese lab? Can we make a vaccine? What’s the best treatment? Read more

Coronavirus is making some people rethink where they want to live

Appearing in: CBS58

By: Catherine E. Shoichet and Athena Jones, CNN

A moving truck came to Rebecca Stevens-Walter’s New York apartment this week.

But she wasn’t there to help pack boxes or supervise the crew.

In mid-March, the 39-year-old pastor flew to New Mexico with her husband and two kids. They left so suddenly they barely had time to prepare for the trip.

“We fled,” she says. “Our apartment looked like the rapture had come. … And we definitely had the conversation, ‘What if we don’t go back?'”

The streets of the city she loves — and many major cities across the US — are hauntingly empty as the pandemic leaves most of the country on lockdown.

It’s a chilling sign of the times, and one that brings to mind a big question: After the pandemic passes, will some people choose to leave big-city life behind? Read more

Pandemic Changing How Americans Buy and Sell Homes

Appearing in: The Oklahoman

By: Jeff Ostrowski

The coronavirus pandemic is roiling the real estate market.

Home sales are down. Job losses have soared. Lenders have tightened mortgage requirements.

That’s the immediate fallout. This health scare and economic shock might also leave a lasting mark on how Americans buy and sell homes.

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How Life in Our Cities Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Appearing on: ForeignPolicy.com

The introduction and Joel Kotkin’s piece are excerpted below.

The pandemic will change urban life forever. We asked 11 leading global experts in urban policy, planning, history, and health for their predictions.

Cities are at the center of this pandemic, as they have been during so many plagues in history. The virus originated in a crowded city in central China. It spread between cities and has taken the most lives in cities. New York has become the world’s saddest, most dismal viral hotspot. Read more

Joel Talks About Cities After Coronavirus with John Steigerwald

On: The John Steigerwald Show

Joel Kotkin (Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, Executive Director of the Urban Reform Institute, Author of, “The Human City: Urbanism For The Rest Of Us”) joins the show to discuss his article at Fortune titled, “After Coronavirus, We Need To Rethink Densely Populated Cities”.

Read the related article.

The Coronavirus Makes Our Old Culture Wars Seem Quaint

By: Bari Weiss
In: The New York Times

Most of the time, when I think back to the world before, I feel longing. I miss everything. I miss dinner parties and swimming laps. I miss bars. I miss being close enough to eavesdrop. The idea of walking into an office building thrills me.

Sometimes, though, I think back to the old normal and feel disgusted — with its excesses, and how oblivious I could be to them. There are obvious examples that leap to mind. The amount of takeout I ordered. The number of flights I took. The paper towels!

But what really takes my breath away is how out-of-touch the daily debates on the internet were — “the discourse,” as some of us were taught to call it in college. Among the things the pandemic has clarified for me is the decadence, as my colleague Ross Douthat has described it, of our old culture war. Many of the battles of the past decade now seem self-indulgent and stagnant; others a waste of time.

I would know. I spent a lot of time in the virtual arena where those fights took place. Could a white novelist imagine a black protagonist? How much can cultures legitimately borrow from one another without it being called stealing? Was a ban on plastic straws actually a critical step toward ending our reliance on the fossil fuel industry?

These now seem to me debates of a world of plenty, not one in which tens of millions of Americans are worried about how they’re going to afford groceries.

This pandemic demands something bigger of all of us. One of the things I hope it ushers in is a culture war worthy of this moment. Because there are fights worth having.

Among them:

What is the right way to protect the American dream?

Looking at David Geffen’s drone-shot photograph of his 454-foot superyacht — poor thing, self-isolating in the Grenadines — is enough to radicalize even a person living in a classic six.

The wealthiest 1 percent own something like half of the world’s wealth. But you already know that and a dozen other statistics.

If this kind of gaping inequality persists, the revolution will come. It’s a view that unites the progressive left of Bernie Sanders and the new right of Steve Bannon.

It is obvious now that many of the people who voted for Donald Trump did so because they lost their jobs and didn’t want to be told to learn to code by people who imagined themselves to be their intellectual betters. So many young people support Mr. Sanders because they own nothing more than their debts.

Working-class Americans, as the writer Joel Kotkin has sharply argued, are treated like propertyless serfs. Meantime, the intelligentsia has played its own role in our contemporary caste system by erecting more and more political, linguistic and cultural tests for membership in the elite.

How can we unravel 21st-century feudalism and make America fairer? Is a universal basic income, an idea promoted by Andrew Yang and now the pope, the best solution? Or is it the kind of broader social safety net that prioritizes fixing our broken health care system?

That is a fight worth having.

Have we gone too global?

Do you remember the letter, written in Mandarin, that the woman in Arizona found at the bottom of the purse she bought at Walmart a few years ago?

Read the rest of this piece at The New York Times.

What the Delayed Coronavirus School Shutdown Reveals about New York City

By: Zachary Evans
Appearing In: National Review

When coronavirus cases began popping up in the New York City area in early March, city and state officials continued to resist shutting down businesses and schools until late in the spread of the disease. City Department of Education (DOE) chancellor Richard Carranza said repeatedly that closing schools would be a “last resort” in the fight against coronavirus because the public schools act essentially as a support system for students living in poverty. Read more

Kotkin Talks with Dan Proft About His Upcoming Neo-Feudalism Book

By: Dan Proft
On: Dan Proft Show

Joel Kotkin talks with Dan Proft about his recent piece Oligarchy and Pestilence and also his book The Coming of Neo Feudalism. Read more