Aging Population

Death Spiral Demographics: The Countries Shrinking the Fastest

Appearing in: Forbes For most of recent history, the world has worried about the curse of overpopulation. But in many countries, the problem may soon be too few people, and of those, too many old ones. In 1995 only one country, Italy, had more people over 65 than under 15; today there are 30 and […]

Border Beach

The Immigration Dilemma

Appearing in: The Orange County Register In often needlessly harsh ways, President Donald Trump is forcing Americans to face issues that have been festering for decades, but effectively swept under the rug by the ruling party duopoly. Nowhere is this more evident than with immigration, an issue that helped to spark Trump’s quixotic, but ultimately […]

Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr, Chronicler of the California Dream

Appearing in: The Orange County Register
In a way now rare and almost archaic, Kevin Starr, who died last week at age 76, believed in the possibilities of California…

Political Protest

Loyal Opposition Versus Resistance to Trump

Appearing in: The Orange County Register
Perhaps nothing has made modern progressivism look sillier than the often hysterical reaction to the election of Donald Trump.

Los Angeles at Night

California as Alt-America

Appearing in: Real Clear Politics
In 1949 the historian Carey McWilliams defined California as the “the Great Exception” — a place so different from the rest of America as to seem almost a separate country.

Donald Trump

The Irony That Could Trip Up Trump’s Quest To Make The U.S. Economy ‘Great Again’

Appearing in: Forbes
Perhaps no president in recent history has more pressure on him to perform economic miracles than Donald Trump.

California politics

California’s Racial Politics Harming Minorities

Appearing in: Orange County Register

Across the country, white voters placed Donald Trump in office by a margin of 21 points over Clinton. Their backing helped the GOP gain control of a vast swath of local offices nationwide.

Barack Obama, 1st Day in the Oval Office

Obama’s Not so Glorious Legacy

Appearing in: Orange County Regiser

Like a child star who reached his peak at age 15, Barack Obama could never fulfill the inflated expectations that accompanied his election.

Elderly woman on sidewalk; Ginza, Tokyo

How Post-Familialism Will Shape the New Asia

Appearing in: Forbes

Surprisingly, the modern focal point for postfamilial urbanism comes from eastern Asia, where family traditionally exercised a powerful, even dominant influence over society.

Speaker Ryan with Trump and Pence

Generation X’s Moment Of Power Is Almost Here

Appearing in: Forbes

It certainly seems as if boomers are in charge in America now, with Donald Trump about to move into the White House and members of the generation in the majority in Congress.