Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin is the presidential fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Urban Reform Institute. His new book is 'The Coming of Neo-Feudalism.'

Work or Welfare?

Work or Welfare?

If a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968) Throughout history, work has been the common lot of humanity—at least, outside of the idle rich

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
9 min read
American Politics
Confronting the Supply Chain Crisis

Confronting the Supply Chain Crisis

For a generation, the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors in California handled more than 40 percent of all container cargo headed into the US and epitomized the power of a globalizing economy. Today, the ships—mostly from Asia—still dock, but they must wait in a seemingly endless conga

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
9 min read
Politics
America the Indispensable

America the Indispensable

God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America. ~Otto von Bismarck Post-millennium America does not look good at a glance. The country has struggled with the pandemic and with deepening divisions over race, class, inequality, and culture. It is in the humiliating process of

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
11 min read
World Affairs
What Happened to Social Democracy?

What Happened to Social Democracy?

In a world that seems to be divided between neoliberal orthodoxy and identitarian dogmas, it is possible to miss the waning presence of traditional social democracy. Born of the radical Left in Marx’s own time, social democrats worked, sometimes with remarkable success, to improve the living standards of working

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
12 min read
Culture Wars
God and the Pandemic

God and the Pandemic

If God gives you technology, use it to reach people! ~Rabbi David Eliezrie The Secret of Chabad During this most miserable of years, religion, like virtually every major social institution, has been profoundly disrupted. There have been church closures and the ranks of outdoor—or socially distanced—worshipers represent a

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
9 min read
COVID-19
Chinese Science Fiction's Disaster Dystopias

Chinese Science Fiction's Disaster Dystopias

The Great China dream will replace all private dreams. ~Ma Jian, China Dream In Ma Jian’s new novel, the protagonist, Ma Daode, may be a corrupt, womanizing local official, but he is a corrupt, womanizing local official with a mission. His goal is to develop a drug that will

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
8 min read
Books
Pandemics and Pandemonium

Pandemics and Pandemonium

Minneapolis and urban centers across America are burning, most directly in response to the brutal killing of a black man by a white Minnesota police officer. But the rage ignited by the death of George Floyd is symptomatic of a profound sense of alienation that has been building for years

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
10 min read
COVID-19
Viral Politics

Viral Politics

Long after the pandemic has receded, its long-term impact on our society and political life will continue. Just as plagues past have reshaped the trajectory of cities and civilizations, sometimes with fearsome morbidity, COVID-19 is already having a profoundly disruptive impact on our political future. Rather than uniting humanity against

Joel Kotkin
Joel Kotkin
9 min read
COVID-19