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In ways not seen since the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, America is becoming a nation of increasingly sharply divided classes. Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict breaks down these new divisions for the first time, focusing on the ascendency of two classes: the tech Oligarchy, based in Silicon Valley; and the Clerisy, which includes much of the nation’s policy, media, and academic elites.
The New Class Conflict is written largely from the point of view of those who are, to date, the losers in this class conflict: the middle class. This group, which Kotkin calls the Yeomanry, has been the traditional bulwark of American society, politics, and economy. Yet under pressure from the ascendant Oligarchs and ever more powerful Clerisy, their prospects have diminished the American dream of class mobility that has animated its history and sustained its global appeal.
This book is both a call to arms and a unique piece of analysis about the possible evolution of our society into an increasingly quasi-feudal order. Looking beyond the conventional views of both left and right, conservative and liberal, Kotkin provides a tough but evenhanded analysis of our evolving class system, and suggests some approaches that might restore the middle class to its proper role as the dominant group in the American future.
Praise for The New Class Conflict
“Kotkin has this nailed.”
—Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit
“For those bemoaning the end of the American Dream, The New Class Conflict offers hope, coupled with an unconventional and insightful recipe for its restoration. Joel Kotkin calls upon all Americans, and Millennials in particular, to have the courage to overcome the economic, political, and social factors that are keeping America’s middle and working classes from enjoying the benefits of our resilient economy. In a book that will please neither Left nor Right, Kotkin uses his caustic and entertaining perspective to identify what needs to be done to preserve upward mobility, ‘the very idea of America.'”
—Morley Winograd, co-author of three books on the Millennial generation
“In his clear and provocative manner, Joel Kotkin lays down persuasive evidence of a heightening economic and cultural polarization in American society—from the rise of a New Oligarchy and the vanity of ‘Gentry Liberalism,’ to the proletarianization of the middle class and the persistence of poverty—which bodes ill for most citizens and even worse for their children. The New Class Conflict is riveting, unsettling, nonpartisan, even-handed—and required reading.”
—Richard Campanella, geographer and author, Tulane University
“Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict takes a battering ram of fact and sharp polemic to the tired orthodoxies of the American Left and Right on class and income inequality. Conservatives complain that liberals punish them for being rich and productive and prevent them from creating jobs, all while the rich get richer by means that have little to do with productivity or job creation. The liberals say that income inequality is America’s number one problem, but during Barack Obama’s administration, his policies have widened the gap all the more. Kotkin does more than damn the mainstream views. He annihilates political fictions with corrective fact. Those who disagree will have to wrestle with Kotkin’s empiricism.”
—Ted C. Fishman, bestselling author of China, Inc. and Shock of Gray
“There’s class warfare politics in America today, but not between Marx’s bourgeoisie and proletariat. On one side are a hyperaffluent financial and high-tech Oligarchy and a preachy media, university, and government Clerisy, using their advantages to promote liberal social values and ‘green’ policies. On the other are the middle-class yeomanry and an urban underclass, both of which need the mass economic growth and upward mobility that the Oligarchy and Clerisy ignore. Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict tells how this conflict is proceeding—and how it might be turned around.”
—Michael Barone, Washington Examiner and the American Enterprise Institute
“Like a cold glass of water thrown into the face of intellectual orthodoxy, Joel Kotkin’s The New Class Conflict is a bracing and ultimately refreshing analysis of America’s growing middle-class crisis. His hypothesis—that the decline of the middle class represents the great crisis of our generation—should become a guiding theme in the thinking of all elected, business, and civic leaders in America today.”
—Michael Hecht, President & CEO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
About the Author
Joel Kotkin is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California, and Executive Editor of the widely read website New Geography. An internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends, Kotkin is the author, most recently, of The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050.