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The Rebellion Against the Politically Correct

From Joel Kotkin at The Daily Beast, Trump Will Go Away, but the Anger He’s Stirred Up Is Just Getting Started: And then there’s the mountain rebellion against political correctness. Relative few Americans have much patience with such things as “micro-aggressions,”…

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The Reality of Production

From Joel Kotkin at The Daily Beast, Trump Will Go Away, but the Anger He’s Stirred Up Is Just Getting Started: Exacerbating this cultural and class discussion is the growing division between the coastal and interior economies. Essentially, as I have argued…

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A Victory Without a Mandate

From Joel Kotkin at The Daily Beast, Trump Will Go Away, but the Anger He’s Stirred Up Is Just Getting Started: Progressive Triumphalism may lead the Clintonites to believe her election represented not just a rejection of the unique horribleness…

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The New Robber Barons

From Joel Kotkin at New Geography, TODAY’S TECH OLIGARCHS ARE WORSE THAN THE ROBBER BARONS Now from San Francisco to Washington and Brussels, the tech oligarchs are something less attractive: a fearsome threat whose ambitions to control our future politics, media,…

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The Measured and Unmeasured

From Joel Kotkin at newgeography.com AMERICA’S NEW OLIGARCHS—FWD.US AND SILICON VALLEY’S SHADY 1 PERCENTERS this is an excerpt from a reader’s comment on the article above: The Valley’s failure to fulfill its promise seems to be due precisely to this: it…

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The Sovereigns of Cyberspace

From Joel Kotkin at newgeography.com AMERICA’S NEW OLIGARCHS—FWD.US AND SILICON VALLEY’S SHADY 1 PERCENTERS excerpts: Perversely, the small number of jobs—mostly clustered in Silicon Valley—created by tech companies has helped its moguls avoid public scrutiny. Google employs 50,000, Facebook 4,600, and…

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The Class War

from The American Conservative Rob Dreher writes  Trump: Fishtown’s Champion Against Belmont: The Davos elites of the Democrat and Republican parties didn’t get the teenage daughters of Fishtown pregnant, or didn’t get the Fishtown sons busted for possession or fired from his…

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Lurch Toward Socialism

from Millennials heed the siren call of socialism by Joel Kotkin at Orange County Register The biggest and most important development has been the massive support among the new generation of voters for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his open embrace…

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Leftist Anti Semitism

from The Orange County Register, Jews finding less comfort on the Left by Joel Kotkin Like their European counterparts, some Democratic politicians soon may find that appealing to Muslims pays larger dividends than catering to Jews; by 2030 there will…

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The New Migration

from Joel Kotkin in New Geography, The Changing Geography of Racial Opportunity: Excerpt: Perhaps the greatest irony in our findings is the location of many of the best cities for minorities: the South. This is particularly true for African-Americans who…

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Subsidizing Sustainability

The shift from a focus on growth to one on what is fashioned as sustainability has proven a boon both for the public sector, particularly those working in regulatory agencies and politicians who now have new ways to elicit contributions,…

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An Aura of Earned Success

Unlike the grandees of Wall Street or the energy industry, the tech Oligarchs have so far experienced relatively little of the criticism commonly directed at Wall Street or energy executives for their huge compensation levels. They, it appears, are different…

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Shutting Down Startups

Perhaps nothing reflects the descent of the Yeomanry better than the fading role of the ten million small businesses with under 20 employees, which currently employ upwards of forty million Americans. Long a key source of new jobs, small business…

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Downton Abbey America

Indeed as the Yeomanry have struggled, the lower parts of the economic spectrum have expanded. In the five years following the Great Recession, the percentage of people living in poverty rose to 15 percent, the highest level in 20 years,…

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Theological Science

Whether their views are right or wrong on a particular issue, the scientific community has taken on a partly theological character, with top scientists achieving something of the role of supreme clerics.  This approach ignores the reality that widely held…

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Economic Growth and the Ruling Class

In our present “age of elites,” as author Chrystia Freeland has dubbed it, this ideological shift among the rich, particularly the new rich, is critical to understanding the new class order. Some of the nation’s wealthiest regions, many of which…

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Progressive Inequality

The Golden State is now home to 111 billionaires, by far the most of any state. In total, California billionaires personally hold assets worth $485 billion, more than the entire GDP of all but 24 countries in the world. At…

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High Tech Oligarchs

Like the Russian oligarchs, the moguls of turn- of- the- twentieth- century America have become so powerful because, unlike many firms in other industries, software giants such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Oracle face still limited foreign or domestic competition.…

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Proliferation of Non Profits

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent to over 1.5 million today. Their total employment has also soared and at 10.7 million in 2010 was larger than that of the construction and finance sectors combined, expanding…

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Gentry Liberalism

Gentry liberalism effectively amounts to a sea change in what is now widely referred to as progressive politics. In the new formulation, the great raison d’ê tre for left- wing politics— advocating for the middle and working classes— has been…

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