Rather than a catastrophe ruining lives, some modern day clerics see the pandemic and the lockdowns as a “test run” for their dreams of achieving “degrowth.”
Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Urban Reform Institute. His most recent book is The Coming of Neo-Feudalism (Encounter).
A generation that already expected not to do as well as their parents is likely to take an ever darker view in the midst of a pandemic.
When the pandemic has passed, the city will have to reshape itself to accommodate new public-health realities and perceptions.
COVID-19 is hitting dense urban areas the hardest, and accelerating the dispersion of Americans that had already been underway.
Mike Bloomberg’s vision proved to be a cul de sac. The future gentry liberals want is grim. A new urban paradigm is needed that focuses on core services for regular people.
Progressive Americans unsettled by our current tin-pot petty authoritarian president could look forward to experiencing the real thing under Michael Bloomberg.
As happened in Germany, we are seeing the collapse of any set of common beliefs among Americans.
Big tech grows up, gets treated with overdue suspicion, and aims to get boring.
Downward mobility is increasingly the norm in the United States, a country built on aspiration. It’s a problem worldwide, and a reason confidence in democracy has plummeted.
Once, the big tech firms embodied American exceptionalism and aspiration. Today, they are strangling these ideals. Government: do something.