Murals in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

California Needs a Recession

Does California need a recession for its leadership to diversify the state away from dependence on big tech, and reduce the state’s economic exposure to stock market declines?

COVID impact on small business was mostly negative

What COVID Hath Wrought

What COVID hath wrought is accelerated economic, demographic, and geographic trends which were already existent, but mostly unacknowledged. Particularly, it sharpened the conflict between many Americans and the ruling “expert” class — who flourished during the pandemic, unlike most Americans.

California’s Economy May Seem Healthy, But Just Wait for the Next Recession

by Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky — California economy may seem healthy, but its dependence on tax revenue from big tech and a small group of high earners, makes the state highly vulnerable in the event of a recession.

After Buffalo, NY shooting, we're telling the wrong story about race in America

We’re Telling the Wrong Story About Race in America

We’re telling the wrong story about race in America: immigrants and minorities are not “replacing” anyone; they are helping build new communities.

There’s One Simple Trick for Making America’s Post-Pandemic Cities Great Again

Making America’s cities great again without a mass return to the office is much more likely with an approach of reducing crime, and improving basic city services.

Boomers are leaving an economic disaster that robs the young of prospects for upward mobility

How the Boomers Robbed the Young of All Hope

By virtually every indication, the baby boomers have robbed the young by leaving a heritage of economic carnage that shapes the future for the worse and even threaten democratic self-rule.

Between the Stupid and the Evil

It is commonplace, even among Republicans, to label the Republicans ‘the stupid party’, while lambasting the Democrats as ‘the evil party’. Today, both parties are working overtime to live up to their reputations, to the detriment of all Americans.

Big Tech is the biggest threat to our democracy

The Independent Republics of Big Tech Are the Biggest Threat to Democracy

The biggest threat to democracy is America’s largest tech companies, routinely exporting jobs, money and technology to our most significant global adversary.

capitalist civil war ahead?

Do We Need a Capitalist Civil War?

Do we need a capitalist civil war? Capitalists are already divided into what he (Piketty) calls “the Brahmin Left” and the “merchant Right”. The recent hysteria of among progressives over Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter could signal the start of a more heated conflict, pitting market-oriented business interests against the gentry progressivism of so many of the largest firms.

Los Angeles, looking toward coastal mountains

What the New York Times Won’t Admit About California

What the New York Times won’t admit about California: the connection between the California economy, the state’s level of regulation and the rising out-migrations.