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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.

Obama's Raw Deal

The middle class (those who earn between the 30th and 70th percentiles) accounted for 53 percent of the national income in 1970, just 45 percent in 2012, according to demographer Joel Kotkin, who says “the biggest issue facing the American economy, and our political system, is the gradual descent of the middle class into proletarian status.”

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.

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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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