Developing world struggles to transition from farming to manufacturing

Powering Down the Developing World

by Joel Kotkin and Hügo Krüger — Developing countries have gotten to the economic table just when climate change policies driven by western nations are placing new roadblocks to manufacturing-led growth.

American flags

America the Indispensable

Despite its manifest failings—the US remains the indispensable country, the last major counterforce to the rising authoritarian challenge of China, and its growing list of allies, including perhaps the new Islamist regime in Kabul. It remains, without question, the only nation with the natural resources, population, military, and technical skill to rally the West and salvage its threatened legacy.

Feudal Future Podcast: The Crisis on Labor

Feudal Future Podcast – The Crisis on Labor

On this episode of Feudal Future, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by Robyn Domber, Lane Windham and Michael Bernick to discuss the crisis on labor shortages.

Talk Show Host Larry Elder

Why Did Larry Elder Call Me for Advice?

The emergence of talk show host Larry Elder as the leading candidate to depose California’s Gavin Newsom is both odd and significant.

U.S. flag burning

Critical Race Theory Ignores Anti-Semitism

Critical race theory serves to describe a fundamental strand of the national tapestry, but presents a too one-sided view.

Garcetti’s Legacy

President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India. Assuming the Senate confirms him, Garcetti, who would leave office early (his second term ends in […]

Looking across the East River toward Manhattan

The Battle for Cities

America’s cities face a battle for existence as social instability, rising crime, increasingly radicalized politics and remote work threaten their long-term viability.

Feudal Future Podcast, now in Season 2

Feudal Future Podcast – What Works Best? Working from Home vs. Working in the Office

On this episode of Feudal Future, hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by Doug Holte, Kate Lister, and Andrew Segal to discuss work post-pandemic.

Lady Liberty under dramatic skies, with a face mask

How America Abandoned the World—and Our Own Inner Cities

In America and across the globe, COVID-19 is diminishing people’s prospects, exacerbating inequality with a gargantuan vaccination gap between wealthy nations and developing countries.

College Campus, USA

The End of Merit

Our educational deficit with other countries, notably China, particularly in the acquisition of practical skills, threatens our economic and political pre-eminence as our competitors are focused on economic competition and technological supremacy.