Big tech grows up, gets treated with overdue suspicion, and aims to get boring.
Joel Kotkin is a Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, CA and executive director of the Houston based Center for Opportunity Urbanism.
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.
Free markets only work when their benefits are broadly distributed. You wouldn’t know that from the kind of proposals that conservative idea factories are pushing out these days.
Places that still produce tangible things need energy, and at prices like those we have today.
On this one, Trump is right as rain—and so are Sanders and Warren. The federal government should have been taking apart these greedy tech monopolies years ago. Let’s get cracking.
Whatever the thinkers say people should do, what they keep doing given the choice is moving to places where they can live in single-family homes.
Without the Texas miracle, America will resemble France, where power and wealth are concentrated in the biggest cities—and everyone else is on the outside looking in.