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Social Issues & Demographics

Vintage Radicalism May Emerge in Protest

  • By
  • Joel Kotkin,
  • New America Foundation
April 30, 2006 |

The rising protests against proposed tough immigration reform now appear to have turned a growing number of Americans against foreign immigration. Since January, according to an AP-Ipsos poll, for example, the number of Americans who consider immigration the top national problem quadrupled, equal to the percentage naming the economy.

Declining to State

  • By
  • David Lesher,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Mark Baldassare
April 9, 2006 |

Is it time to place the two major political parties on California's endangered species list? If current trends persist, the number of independent voters may outnumber Democrats and Republicans by 2025.

Distrust of elected leaders and faltering confidence in the political establishment have increasingly driven Californians to the no-party label. New voters appear to be moving to the independent status so fast that we need to rethink the red and blue political map in the 2006 California election.

Mexikota: The Plain States' Run for the Border

  • By
  • David Gray,
  • New America Foundation
April 1, 2006

In the wake of terrorist threats, gas price spikes, hurricanes, and a run-up in housing prices in certain markets, there has been broad discussion recently about the value to the U.S. of encouraging greater development in the nation’s interior. Population growth along America’s coasts is crowding more people into ever smaller areas, while the interior of the country remains relatively open. As the U.S population is projected to grow to 400 million in the next half century, America has an incentive to encourage people on the coasts to settle inland.

Young and Restless

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
April 1, 2006 |

Scented smoke from dozens of water pipes mingled with Lebanese pop music at Al-Nakheel, a seaside restaurant in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. Saudi men in white robes and women in black abayas, their head scarves falling to their shoulders, leaned back on red cushions as they sipped tea and shared lamb kebab and hummus. Four young Saudi women, head scarves removed, trailed perfume as they walked past. Nearby, a teenage boy snapped photos of his friends with a cell phone.

The Liberal Baby Bust

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
March 14, 2006 |

What's the difference between Seattle and Salt Lake City? There are many differences, of course, but here's one you might not know. In Seattle, there are nearly 45% more dogs than children. In Salt Lake City, there are nearly 19% more kids than dogs.

Holy Roman Empire USA

  • By
  • James Pinkerton,
  • New America Foundation
March 7, 2006 |

The Liberal-Left Establishment has never liked suburbia and exurbia, which are dismissed as "sprawl." And we know what the Liberal Left thinks of the Catholic Church. So what do you suppose Liberal Lefties think about a plan for a Catholic exurb? Talk about a bad twofer, in their eyes. Even worse, the new town of Ave Maria, Florida is being bankrolled by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza, the leading conservative Catholic philanthropist in the world. Yikes!

The Return of Patriarchy

  • By
  • Phillip Longman,
  • New America Foundation
March 1, 2006 |

"If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance." So proclaimed the Roman general, statesman, and censor Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus, in 131 B.C. Still, he went on to plead, falling birthrates required that Roman men fulfill their duty to reproduce, no matter how irritating Roman women might have become. "Since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure."

A Long Voyage

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
February 23, 2006 |

The Bush administration is, for once, correct when it says that Europe needs to be much more serious about combating terrorism. Europe is in much more danger than the US. Its vulnerability is vastly increased by the presence of large and disaffected Muslim minorities. The decision of several European countries to support US actions in the Middle East inevitably makes them targets. In fact, there is a good chance that the US and Israel will eventually plunge into conflict with much of the Muslim world, and that Europe will serve as one of the chief battlefields.

For Thriving Cities, It's Not Enough to be Cool

  • By
  • Joel Kotkin,
  • New America Foundation
February 20, 2006 |

The West's great cities face serious challenges, with terrorists plotting to blow them up even as jobs and capital flee to the low-cost havens of the developing world. However, from Sydney to San Francisco, the political imperative all too often has been not to look for ways to stay safe or competitive, but instead how to make cities cool and hip.

To many public officials, the key to building a great city in the 21st century lies in cultivating the arts and entertainment venues that appeal to a so-called creative class of youngish, hip professionals.

California's Independent Streak

  • By
  • David Lesher,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Mark Baldassare
February 19, 2006 |

California voters are shedding their identification with the two major political parties so rapidly that if current trends continue, independent voters could outnumber Democrats and Republicans in the Golden State by 2025.

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