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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.

Who Runs America?

Joel talked with Jim Cuddy on the America's Democrats netcast about "Who runs america?" It's a group of elites, sometimes progressive, sometimes corporate, that is unaccountable to citizens.

Same Failed Crowd Conjuring Up Same Old Tricks For Republicans

as captured by Joel Kotkin in The New Class Conflict — the corresponding rise of the now-dominant class, what he calls the “New Clerisy,” that profits from the higher-education racket. The two concede the need for tracks to high-wage jobs that preclude college, but their “application of conservative and libertarian principles,” falls short of responding to the reversal of the American pecking order that Kotkin finds ominous.

The Dilemma of Modern Liberalism

If you have read Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict, you will know that the new tech oligarchies of Silicon Valley are becoming as dangerous to republican government as Standard Oil once was.

The New Class Conflict on the Money

Joel recently appeared on Charles Ortel's show, On the Money, to talk about the emerging class issues covered in his new book, The New Class Conflict. Download the attached audio file to listen. Joel's segment begins at 1:05.

The Unbridgeable Wealth Gap in America

Joel discusses the unbridgeable wealth gap in America and other themes from The New Class Conflict on the Bloomberg Advantage radio show for a 10 minute interview. Download the attached 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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