Entries by Joel Kotkin

The Coming War of Civilizations

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes

America’s decline is not irreversible. Media coverage of world events focuses on one crisis at a time, as if each was a separate phenomenon. But Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, the assaults on shipping in the Red Sea, China’s threats on Taiwan, the closing of the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthis, and even Venezuelan plans to conquer much of oil-rich Guyana are […]

Weekend Read: Make America California

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

The neo-feudal Newsom model has been a disaster. Like the buffoonish commanding officer in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Gavin Newsom for many represents “the very model of a modern Major-General,” filling the expectations of the progressive political elite. Handsome, articulate, and politically savvy, Newsom has emerged as the new matinee idol, in […]

Normalizing Jew-Hatred

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes

The worst thing about the aftermath of Donald Trump’s repast last month with two open anti-Semites—Kanye West and Nick Fuentes—was not the predictable liberal outrage and conservative cowardice, but how the incident has been accepted as part of normal discourse. In an era where even the slightest deviation from the received norm on gender or […]