Joel Kotkin on California's Feudal Future

Joel Kotkin talks with City Journal About California’s Neo-Feudal Future

By: Brian C. Anderson
On: City Journal’s 10 Blocks podcast

Joel Kotkin joins Brian Anderson to discuss California’s “increasingly feudal” political and economic order, the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on the state’s lower- and middle-class residents, what Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris means for the Democratic ticket and U.S. politics, and Kotkin’s new book—The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class.

Joel and Brian also discuss his recent piece, Kamala’s America, in which Kotkin describes California as increasingly feudal — a theme that is  picked up in the title of Joel’s new book. Brian and Joel start with a breakdown of where, California is right now, how the pandemic has effected its politics and economy, and Joel explains the feudal backdrop or environment.

Read the full piece at City Journal

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