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The New Class Conflict the Dennis Prager Show

Joel recently visited with Dennis Prager about the emerging clerisy class rising to power in the country's education, entertainment, and technology communities.

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The Future of America's Middle Class

Joel recently appeared on BYU radio for a broad conversation about his work and the future of the middle class. From BYU radio:

"What’s driving the rise of a new “yeoman” class? “Inflation has taken the price of housing out of reach of most people and the advent of technology has eliminated an enormous number of jobs,” says Kotkin.

The Sorting Election

Joel Kotkin of Chapman University points out that over the past decade, Houston has outperformed every major metropolitan area in income growth, population growth and migration. Since 2000, the city’s employment figures have risen by 32 percent, ranking it No. 1 in percentage job growth. In August, Houston issued more single-family housing permits than all of California.

The New Class Conflict on Salt Lake City Radio

Joel talks about the themes in The New Class Conflict in this two-segment interview on the Rod Arquette Show in Salt Lake City. Download the .mp3 files to listen.

Houston's most appealing asset: opportunity

Houston will never have the natural beauty of San Francisco, the hipness of Portland or the luxury of New York. That's not what it should strive for, says author and academic Joel Kotkin, who was in Houston last week presenting his latest research on the city.

Joel on Class: "Is this the New Gilded Age?"

Listen to Joel talk about the themes in his new book, The New Class Conflict, with Doug McIntyre on KABC Radio. Download the attached mp3 to listen.

What Makes Houston the Most Ideal “Opportunity City?”

Joel talks with Houston Public Media News about his soon-to-be-released study on Opportunity Urbanism in Houston. Listen below:

Watch Joel on WSJ Live

Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted Joel to talk about The New Class Conflict.

Joel Talks about The New Class Conflict on KABC Radio

Joel talked about the ideas in the New Class Conflict with Larry Elder show in this short interview.

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Tech Oligarchs Wage War on Middle Class

Joel discusses the concepts in The New Class Conflict in this 15 minute video interview with Glenn Reynolds of Instavision TV and

Irvine named among 15 best places to live

Irvine has set the “gold standard” for a planned suburb with all those things most people want – good schools, public safety and recreational opportunities, said Joel Kotkin, Hobbs Fellow in urban studies at Chapman University.

Why California is a hell hole and why the rest of the country will become one too

In his USA Today column, Glenn Instapundit Reynolds looks at Joel Kotkin's new book, The New Class Conflict. Kotkin says the wealth distribution in the U.S., starting with California, is breaking down into a lot of poorish folks and some oligarchs.

A Conversation with Joel About The New Class Conflict

Joel recently appeared on the Library of Liberty and Law podcast for an extended discussion of his new book, The New Class Conflict. Visit to listen.

Jobs lure hipsters. Hype doesn't.

Some of the best analysis of urban demographic trends can be found regularly at, a joint venture of Joel Kotkin and Praxis Strategy Group, and an excellent demographic and urban trends resource.

The slums of the future

Joel Kotkin details the massive social, economic, and environmental challenges facing most emerging megacities:

Emerging megacities like Kinshasa or Lima do not command important global niches. Their problems are often ignored or minimized by those who inhabit what commentator Rajiv Desai has described as “the VIP zone of cities,” where there is “reliable electric power, adequate water supply, and any sanitation at all.” Outside the zone, Desai notes, even much of the middle class have to “endure inhuman conditions” of congested, cratered roads, unreliable energy, and undrinkable water.

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Watch Joel in this feature on the role of central planning in Los Angeles. View large version.

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"Greenurbia is the suburbs of the future. The suburbs of the 1950s were bedroom communities for people who commuted into the city. Today, there’s much more employment in the suburbs, and the big change is the number of people working full-time or part-time at home. Having people commute from one computer screen to another doesn’t make sense."

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Praise for The Next Hundred Million

Kotkin has a striking ability to envision how global forces will shape daily family life, and his conclusions can be thought-provoking as well as counterintuitive. It's amazing there isn't more public discussion about the enormous changes ahead, and reassuring to have this talented thinker on the case. — Jennifer Ludden, NPR national desk correspondent

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