California Governor Gavin Newsom

California’s Woke Hypocrisy

No state wears its multicultural veneer more ostentatiously than California. The Golden State’s leaders believe that they lead a progressive paradise, but Hispanics and Blacks do worse economically in California than elsewhere.

Beyond Feudalism: How do we restore California's Middle Class?

Podcast Episode 6: Beyond Feudalism: Addressing California’s Inequality Crisis (Live Event)

On July 14, Joel & Marshall held a Virtual Town Hall, discussing California’s inequality crisis and how changes in state policy could restore the middle class.

Homeless tents and flag under CA-87 in San Jose

Joel Kotkin Q&A on ‘The Coming of Neo-Feudalism’

In this interview with Carl Cannon, Joel Kotkin discusses how modern day feudalism works — the topic of his latest book, ‘The Coming of Neo-Feudalism’

Big Cities Debate on Munk Debates, with Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida

Is the Big Cities Boom Over? Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida Debate on Munk Debates

Does the COVID-19 pandemic spell the end of the big city boom? Listen to Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida debate on Munk Debates.

Gateway: Education & Skills for At-Risk Youth

GateWay Second Chance: Why We Need Education & Life Skills For At-Risk Youth

On this Feudal Future episode, Nink Carter joins hosts Marshall Toplansky & Joel Kotkin to talk about education & life skills for at risk youth, and how his nonprofit organizations seek to make a difference.

The California Dream used to include an affordable home

Is the California Dream Finished?

by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky — Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers should stop trying to sell the myth of the California dream. On its current trajectory, this state is socially, fiscally and economically unsustainable.

Urban Blues

Even as urban “blue” America seems to strengthen their political power, they are engaged in blue-icide, undermining their own urban base of disadvantaged citizens and their own credibility.

How the Virus is Pushing America Toward a Better Future

With the pandemic shattering the myth of the global village, America now has the opportunity to rebuild a more resilient economy and society, one structured around the people here more than on global capital flows.

Virtual Town Hall: California Feudalism – Addressing California’s Inequality Crisis

Join a presentation on Kotkin and Toplanksky’s research brief —California Feudalism: A Strategy to Restore California’s Middle Class— discussing California’s inequality crisis and how to restore our state’s dream.

Triumph of the Oligarchs

Already ascendant beforehand, tech oligarchs are riding the current pandemic crisis to unprecedented dominion over our ever-weakening Republic.