joel kotkin

Liberal Geographer: California is Descending into Socialism

Liberal geographer Joel Kotkin has penned an op-ed in the Orange County Register warning that California is “descen[ding] into socialism” — one that is deigned to protect, rather than expropriate, its rich Silicon Valley elite.

Jerry Brown fracking (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Kotkin: Jerry Brown is a Disaster–and California Business Elite Won’t Stop Him

Joel Kotkin, the noted liberal critic of California’s far-left government, says that Gov. Jerry Brown is leading California to ruin–and that the state’s business leaders share the blame by failing to speak out. In a new essay at the Daily Beast that summarizes much of his recent criticism, Kotkin says that while Brown’s father Pat brought the state progress and prosperity as governor (1959-1967), Jerry Brown “has waged a kind of Oedipal struggle against his father’s legacy.”

Jerry Brown (Rich Pedroncelli : Associated Press)