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The New Class Conflict

Tuesday October 2014


Joel Kotkin Contributing Editor, City Journal; Fellow in Urban Studies, Chapman University

In ways not seen since the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, America is increasingly becoming a nation of sharply divided classes. In The New Class Conflict, Joel Kotkin, City Journal contributing editor, argues that the rise of a high-tech U.S. oligarchy, coupled with the continued dominance of media, academia, and government bureaucracy, is creating a new class order—largely at the expense of America’s middle class.

Looking beyond the conventional conservative/liberal divide, Kotkin provides a tough, yet evenhanded analysis of the country’s evolving class system, while suggesting approaches that might restore the middle class to its proper role as the dominant group in America’s future.