Everyone seems to be California dreaming these days. Much of America, particularly its red parts, see California as a hopeless dystopia best understood as everything the nation should avoid.
The pandemic revealed how much those of us in the laptop class depend on the efforts of low-paid service economy workers, potentially feeding a new era of class conflict, with the “Great Resignation” being just the beginning.
Join us for a webinar on January 21, 2022 – hosted by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky, to learn how we can restore the California Dream for middle and working class Californians.
We bemoan autocracies in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and China but largely ignore more subtle authoritarian trends in the West. We may remain nominally democratic, but be ruled by a technocratic class empowered by greater powers of surveillance than those enjoyed by even the nosiest of dictatorships.
The institutional triumph of progressives will not produce an enduring political victory, let alone substantially change public opinion. Instead, the erosion of trust in our public institutions threatens to end progressive America.
Is California a crumbling dystopia, or a model for the future? In reality, a few large companies, with an elite workforce, benefit – and a large service class is increasingly dependent on wealth redistribution.
by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — California is losing population, a demographic reversal that threatens both the state’s economic future and the durability of its progressive model.
The Left discovers it doesn’t own minority voters as they shift to centrist politics: the growing disconnect between minorities and the Left reflects how tone deaf progressives are to the diverse views and interests of racial minorities.
by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky — Califonia’s prime competition for tech jobs now comes not only from low-tax, low cost states like Texas but also from bluish states such as Colorado and Washington.
There is a hypocrisy at the heart of the West’s attitude to China: although we’re constantly warned about the threat from Beijing, our political and corporate elites seem intent on making this century a Chinese one.