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The Future of Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew

Joel was recently interviewed by CCTV about the future of Singapore, the Asian economy, and the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew. Watch the interview embedded below.

Sports Stadiums Are Bad Public Investments

Joel was featured in a short ReasonTV piece about public investments in private sports statiums. From ReasonTV:

"Anybody that drives around Southern California can tell you the infrastructure is falling apart," says Joel Kotkin, a fellow of urban studies at Chapman University and author of the book The New Class Conflict. "And then we’re going to give money so a bunch of corporate executives can watch a football game eight times a year? It’s absurd."

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Who Is Leaving Los Angeles Because of Housing Prices?

Joel recently participated in a panel discussion on LA's KCRW radio. The episode was titled, "Who Is Leaving Los Angeles Because of Housing Prices?". More from KCRW:

Don't ignore non-violent anti-semitism

As Joel Kotkin explains in a column for the Orange County Register, the global Jewish community is rapidly becoming a regional Jewish community. According to Kotkin, four out of every five Jews now lives in either Israel or the United States. In 1939, that number was one in four. Rising anti-Semitism throughout the world–and not just Western Europe–has combined with a dwindling birth rate to produce demographic decline in most of the world’s Jewish communities.

The Middle Class is Eroding

Joel recently appeared on the Larry Elder Show to talk about the current state of the middle class in America and how it is eroding. Listen via the embedded player below.

Race in America

Joel talks with KABC radio in Southern California about race conflict and how we discuss race in American society. Joel points out that discussing race must include a look at race in terms of economics. Download the file below to listen.

Endangered Species: Young Entrepreneurs

Listen to Joel appears at Dawn Bennett's Financial Myth Busting to talk about trends in population and economic class:

Busting the Overpopulation Myth. Joel Kotkin, author & fellow at Chapman University, on why Japan’s dramatically declining birth rate hurts its future growth prospects, why a growing population helps America, and how America’s middle-class is increasingly looking a lot like the lower class.

Class: The Greatest Existential Threat to America

Joel recently talked with Seattle's KUOW radio about the importance of class issues in America. Follow he link below to listen.

Why Won't President Obama Prosecute Wall Street?

Joel appeared on PJTV with Glenn Reynolds to discuss the Obama Administration's relationship with Wall Street. From PJTV:

New Geography's Joel Kotkin talks to Glenn Reynolds about the Obama Administration's love-hate relationship with Wall Street. Kotkin reminds viewers that President Obama has always had a cozy relationship with the financial services industry, notwithstanding his negative rhetoric regarding banks and banking.

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Honesty needed about extent of state's problems

But perhaps the most insightful description of the Golden State is offered by Chapman University professor Joel Kotkin, a Los Angeles Democrat who has written for years about the “new feudalism” emerging in his adopted state. He’s documented the growing gap between the well-educated high earners in affluent communities and the rest of California — both the stagnant, struggling middle class and the impoverished.

Joel Talks about Immigrant Workforce on NewsmaxTV

Joel recently appeared on Ed Berliner's show Midpoint on NewsmaxTV to talk about the prospects of America's immigrant workers and American immigration policy. View the show in the player below.

Government for the strongest

Were progressives serious about what used to preoccupy America’s left — entrenched elites, crony capitalism and other impediments to upward mobility — they would study “The New Class Conflict,” by Joel Kotkin, a lifelong Democrat.

Is the democratic party relevant anymore?

Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University, argues, as Edsall puts it, "that the Democratic Party has been taken over by what [Kotkin] calls 'gentry liberals,' an elite that has undermined the historic purpose of the Democratic Party. ... Most Democratic politicians and strategists, according to Kotkin, 'just have no feel at all -- as Harry Truman and Bill Clinton did, for example -- for the aspirations of the middle class. This is why they are losing them, and deservedly so.'"

Who Will Save the Democratic Party From Itself?

Webb is one answer to the weaknesses of today’s center-left, the so-called “upstairs-downstairs” coalition described by Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University. Kotkin argues in his recently published book, “The New Class Conflict,” that the Democratic Party has been taken over by what he calls “gentry liberals,” an elite that has undermined the historic purpose of the Democratic Party.

Joel Talks about Immigration with Rod Arquette

Joel recently appeared on the Rod Arquette show to talk about the social implications of President Obama's immigration policy changes. Download the attached .mp3 file to listen.

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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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