Inner City: from the U.S. National Archives

Progressives Have Let Inner Cities Fail for Decades. President Trump Could Change That.

Appearing in: The Daily Beast

When Donald Trump described the “devastating” conditions in America’s inner cities, emphasizing poor schools and lack of jobs, he was widely denounced for portraying our urban centers…

Tech Leaders Meet with Trump

How Silicon Valley’s Oligarchs Are Learning to Stop Worrying and Love Trump

The oligarchs’ ball at Trump Tower revealed one not-so-well-kept secret about the tech moguls: They are more like the new president than they are like you or me. In what devolved into something of a love fest, Trump embraced the tech elite for their “incredible innovation” and pledged to help them achieve their goals…

Joel Talks About the Potential for Going Fascist

In: 790 KABC Radio Joel recently talked with KABC Radio in California about the potential for fascist authoritarian thinking on both sides of the political aisle. Click the Play button to listen. (mp3 audio file)

Benito Mussolini, Fascist

Are We Going Fascist?

Appearing in: Orange County Register The rise, and then the improbable election, of Donald Trump have reawakened progressive fears of a mounting authoritarian tide. With his hyperbole and jutting chin, he strikes some progressives as a new Benito Mussolini who will threaten free speech and other basic human rights. Some aspects of Trumpism do exhibit […]

Immigration Policy Protest

The Future of Racial Politics

Appearing in: Real Clear Politics From its inception, the American experiment has been dogged by racial issues. Sadly, this was even truer this year. Eight years after electing the first African-American president, not only are race relations getting worse, according to surveys, but the electorate remains as ethnically divided as in any time of recent […]

2016 Election Map

How the Left and Right Can Learn to Love Localism: The Constitutional Cure for Polarization

Appearing in: The Daily Beast The ever worsening polarization of American politics—demonstrated and accentuated by the Trump victory—is now an undeniable fact of our daily life. Yet rather than allowing the guilty national parties to continue indulging political brinkmanship, we should embrace a  strong, constitutional solution to accommodating our growing divide: a return to local control.

Hillary Clinton

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party

Appearing in: The Orange County Register The Democratic Party’s current festival of re-examination is both necessary and justified. They have just lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in recent memory. Lockstep media support and a much larger war chest were not enough to save them from losing not only the presidency, but also in […]

U.S. Election Map by Counties

It Wasn’t Rural ‘Hicks’ Who Elected Trump: The Suburbs Were — And Will Remain — The Real Battleground

Much of the NYC and DC press corps has concluded that Donald Trump’s surprising journey to the Oval Office was powered by country bumpkins expressing their inner racist misogyny. However, the real foundations for his victory lie not in the countryside and small towns, but in key suburban counties…

Industrial Workers

Can Working Class, Elite Form Alliance?

Appearing in: Orange County Register Can the party of oligarchy also be the party of the people? Besides fending off the never-ending taint of corruption, which could weaken the extent of her “mandate,” this may prove the central challenge of a Hillary Clinton regime. No candidate in recent memory — at least, not since Lyndon […]

The Rise of Donald Trump

By: SpikedOnline Podcast Joel recently joined the SpikedOnline podcast to talk about the rise of Donald Trump and the U.S. election. Follow the link to listen. Joel’s portion begins at about 14:30 of the show. SpikedOnline Podcast