policy

Council-Manager Form of Government Not Undemocratic

On June 19th Douglas Newby’s opinion piece titled, “Democracy Needs to Replace City Manager Ward System” was published with the assertion that the council-manager form of government (under which the City of Dallas, Texas is currently formed), is undemocratic.  read more »

The 'Defund the Police' Fantasy Lives on in LA

Southern California has always had a casual relationship with reality, but West Hollywood’s decision to stop funding the LA Sheriff amidst a mounting crime tsunami takes the fantasy to a new — and dangerous — level.  read more »

Abortion Won't Save the Democrats

Joe Biden’s Presidency is unravelling, but Democrats hope that Republicans will snatch victory from the maw of their own miscalculations.  read more »

What the New York Times Won't Admit About California

Even the New York Times has to admit unpleasant realities, like the departure of people from California and other deep blue states.  read more »

Joe Biden is Making the Housing Crisis Worse

As inflation continues to soar in America, few things have become more precious than hard assets like property. And with the stock market as unsteady as our political leadership, big dollars from Wall Street are pouring into real estate, snapping up both multi-family and single-family homes.  read more »

Feudal Future Podcast: The Purpose Behind the Podcast

This special in-person episode welcomes our audience to Season 2 of our show. Joel and Marshall share the purpose behind the podcast as well as memorable moments and learning lessons along the way.  read more »

Feudal Future Podcast: The Impact of the Pandemic

On this episode of Feudal Future hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by Ross Elliott, Chairman of the Urban Land Institute of Australia, and Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, Professor of Psychiatry at UC Irvine. This show covers the psychological impact of COVID-19 and how governments are managing it.  read more »

Canada to Tax Home Equity?

In Canada, where income adjusted house prices vary more than five times between metropolitan areas, the threat of a federal initiative to tax house equity could be looming.  read more »

The Unpopularity of Rule by Emergency Decree

As the coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020, state and local executives issued emergency orders to respond to this unprecedented health situation.  read more »

Demand for Highways and Productivity

Editors Note: The following letter was sent by Alan E Pisarski to The Wall Street Journal in response to articles on highway productivity  read more »