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Silicon Valley scares Americans

And it's made worse by the increasing politicization of Silicon Valley, and the transformation of its leaders from rebels into what Joel Kotkin calls "the new oligarchs," people who once talked about technology as liberation, but who now seem more interested in using technology as an instrument of control. It's not just NSA spying; it's that the companies gather data on everyone, with comparatively little legal oversight.

Hungry hi-tech giants: are Google and the gang really getting ready to take over the world?

Joel Kotkin, a professor in economic and social development and author of The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, has compared these companies to the Japanese keiretsu: sprawling conglomerates such as Mitsubishi and Sumitomo that dominated their country's economy in the second half of the 20th century and whose business practices were defined, in the words of Japan-based journalist Karel van Wolferen, as a series of “intertwined hierarchies”.

Disappearing middle class in our major cities

As urbanologist Joel Kotkin wrote in Forbes just last month, a lot of American cities have become havens of rich and poor... including (and, really, foremost) America's most progressive-minded cities. New York City...San Francisco... Boston... Oakland... Los Angeles... Washington, D.C... all these big cities share the same income-disparity issues: A vaporizing middle class combined with rising populations of both the poor and the well to do.

Radio Interview: Energy Running out of California

Joel was on with KABC Radio's Larry Elder recently to talk about the shifts in the energy industry in California and what it means for the state's longer-term economic future. Download the mp3 file to listen.

Joel Talks About LA's Energy Industry

Joel appeared yesterday on KABC Los Angeles McIntyre in the Morning to talk about the current state of California's energy industry. Download the mp3 file above to listen.

Capitalism for the Masses

This puts a strain on the essential compact that you can earn your success. As Joel Kotkin has argued, the middle class is being proletarianized, and the uneducated class is being left behind.

Houston: A semisweet land of liberty

HOUSTON—Joel Kotkin, America’s leading urbanologist, predicted last year that by 2023 Houston “will be widely acknowledged as America’s next great global city.” Kotkin noted that Houston, “the country’s most racially and ethnically diverse metro area … is home to the world’s largest medical center and has dethroned New York City as the nation’s leading exporter.”

What makes super cities?

The urban analyst Joel Kotkin at teamed up recently with Praxis Strategy Group to identify metro areas "with the most momentum going into 2014." They examined a trove of data from 2007 through 2012 or 2013 (depending on available statistics) for the 52 largest U.S. metro areas.

"To gauge economic vitality," Kotkin said, "we used four metrics: GDP growth, job growth, real median household income growth and current unemployment. To measure demographic strength, we looked at population growth, birth rate, domestic migration and the change in educational attainment."

Talking About the Future of LA on ABC Radio

Joel joins host Doug McIntyre to discuss the findings of the Los Angeles 2020 Commission's recent report. Download the attached mp3 file to listen to the interview.

Kotkin talks to KABC about L.A. Livability

Joel joined KABC's McIntyre In The Morning to discuss livability and the future of Los Angeles.

WGBH Innovation Hub: America in 2050

Joel recently appeared on WGBH's Innovation Hub radio program to talk about the nations changing demographics. Listen below. From WGBH:

Joel on Minnesota Public Radio: Five Ideas for Better Cities

Joel recently appeared on Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Circuit with Kerri Miller to talk about policy innovation in cities and urban areas.

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Bill de Blasio and the New Urban Populism

Joel Kotkin of Chapman University argues that opposition to de Blasio’s agenda will likely be minimal: “The realities of New York are that the city is only 40 percent white last I looked; it has high poverty rate, and exceptional inequality,” Kotkin wrote. In addition, “you replace working/middle class Italians and Jews for young, often single, hipsters. Notch another one for de Blasio.”

Joel Talks to KABC Los Angeles About Metropolitan Growth

Joel recently talked with Doug McIntyre of KABC Los Angeles about metropolitan growth trends. Download the 6 minute interview below.

Talking About America's Seven Nations on Austin Radio

Joel recently talked with KUT News Radio in Austin, Texas about about America's emerging nations of growth, as discussed recently in Forbes Magazine. Follow the link below to listen to the 8 minute segment.

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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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