The Democrats’ Middle-Class Problem

Appearing in: Politico Class, the Industrial Revolution’s great political dividing line, is enjoying Information Age resurgence. It now threatens the political future of presidents, prime ministers and even Politburo chiefs. […]

Singapore’s Demographic Winter

Appearing in: Over the past half century arguably no place on earth has progressed more than the tiny island state of Singapore. A once impoverished, tropical powder keg packed […]

The Myth of the Back-to-the-City Migration

Appearing in: Wall Street Journal Pundits, planners and urban visionaries—citing everything from changing demographics, soaring energy prices, the rise of the so-called “creative class,” and the need to battle global […]

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Why the Great Plains are Great Once Again

Appearing in: Newsweek On a drizzly, warm June night, the bars, galleries, and restaurants along Broadway are packed with young revelers. Traffic moves slowly, as drivers look for parking. The […]

The Changing Demographics of America

Appearing in: Smithsonian Online Estimates of the United states population at the middle of the 21st century vary, from the U.N.’s 404 million to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 422 to […]

The G-20’s New Balance of Power

Appearing in: The Daily Beast As world leaders gather in Canada this weekend, the nations with the most influence won’t be the high-tech mavens. Joel Kotkin on why traditional industries […]

Millennial Surprise

Appearing in: The boomer’s long domination of American politics, culture and economics will one day come to an end. A new generation–the so-called millennials–will be shaping the outlines of […]

The Downside of Brit-Bashing

Appearing in: The Daily Beast Obama may be spanking BP’s brass today. But the other crisis—Europe’s economic mess—reminds us why it’s important that the U.S. and U.K. stick together. The […]

L.A.’s Economy Is Not Dead Yet

Appearing in: “This is the city,” ran the famous introduction to the popular crime drama Dragnet. “Los Angeles, Calif. I work here.” Of course, unlike Det. Sgt. Joe Friday, […]

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Energy’s Other Side

Appearing in: The BP oil spill disaster likely spells the slowing down, or even curtailing, of offshore oil drilling for the foreseeable future. You can take California, Florida and […]