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Trust the Science: The Blue State Surge is Real

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — For months the conventional wisdom among Democrats, was that lockdowns played an essential role in containing COVID-19. The great heroes, in addition to Anthony Fauci, were hardline governors like Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, California’s Gavin Newsom and, most of all, New York’s Andrew Cuomo.
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The California Economy vs. Sacramento

In recent years the California economy has been divided, Janus-like, between a rising innovation economy, and its overall economy, where 85% of new jobs pay below the median income.
San Francisco in lockdown, with tents on a city street

The Death of the American City

When my grandparents migrated to New York from Russia over a century ago, they found a city that was hardly paradise, but one that provided a pathway towards a better life. But today’s cities no longer offer upward mobility, and the working class is leaving.


What happened to social democracy? Joel Kotkin talks with Amanda Vanstone.


Beyond Feudalism

Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky examine how California drifted toward feudalism, and how it can restore upward mobility for middle and working-class citizens.

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Toward More Equitable Urban Growth ReportBeyond Gentrification

This new report explores how unbalanced urban growth has exacerbated class divisions.

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