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.
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America’s recovery post-pandemic largely depends on our willingness to change conditions, on our own, when we no longer like them.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left pain and tragedy in its wake. But it has also created a unique opportunity to address the country’s persistent class divides, thanks to a persistent lack of labor resulting from the pandemic. In a world economy that has seen labor’s share of income drop for generations, this labor shortage could provide some restored leverage for both white and blue collar workers.
Mussolini’s notion of fascism has become increasingly dominant, albeit in an unexpected form: in the worldview of progressives who typically see “proto-fascism” lurking on the Right.
What happens in California matters well beyond its borders. The Golden State’s cultural and technological influence on America, and the world, now could provide the nation’s next political template. What California is creating can be best described as oligarchic socialism…
For much of the past century, America has dominated the Jewish world. It has been a semi-sacred ‘safe place’, where anti-Semitism only rarely impinged on the national political culture. Yet today, American Jews face levels of anti-Semitism not seen since the 1930s.
Both sides have it wrong: Immigration is one of America’s great competitive assets, but making sure this remains the case requires finding sensible policy.
In recent history, the United States has arguably never been so divided — but not in the way you might think. Yes, the country has been split by the culture wars, but behind the scenes, another conflict has been brewing; shaped by the economics of class, it has created two Americas increasingly in conflict.
Located over the mountains from Los Angeles, Kern County has always been a different kind of place. Kern County relies on two natural resource industries that once powered California – agriculture and oil – to drive its economy.
Joel Kotkin joins the Rod Arquette show to discuss how the pandemic changed — and is going to permanently change the workplace in America.