Homeless in Silicon Valley

California is a Bastion of Innovation Marred by Deep Inequality. Is That America’s Future?

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.

Service economy workers not going to take it anymore

Class War is Just Beginning

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.

Webinar: Restoring the California Dream

Restoring the California Dream

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.

Welcome to the End of Democracy

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.

U.S. flag burning

Is This the End of Progressive America?

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.

Trouble in Paradise: The Crumbling California Model

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.

Hollywood at Vine Street

Here’s Why California is Losing Population for the First Time

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 Doesn’t Own Minority Voters

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.

California now has blue state competition for tech jobs

California’s Keenest Competitors for Tech Jobs are Blue Western States

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.

Western Greed Fuels China's Domination

Western Greed Fuels China’s Domination

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.