Joel Kotkin predicts the rise of a new global feudal system made up of an aristocracy, peasantry, and a legal, academic and administrative clerisy.
The global resurgence of left and right wing populist movements has excited some and terrified many. What is causing this phenomenon? Is this a passing phase or a new permanent feature of our society? Will the populists prevail, or will they come to terms with the 21st century vision of a globalist future?
In The New Feudalism, renowned future trends expert Joel Kotkin posits that we are witnessing the early indicators of a global return to a feudal system—one ruled by tech giants, justified and bolstered by a clerisy of professionals in the academy and the media, and featuring a massive and growing underclass of workers who cannot compete in the modern meritocracy. The populist movements of today are akin to a serf rebellion, but Kotkin fears that their efforts will not be enough to change the trajectory of our society.
The New Feudalism is an accessible, intelligent, and prescient look at what the future may hold in store for humanity, and a warning to all that we must resist this global takeover before it’s too late.
About the Author
JOEL KOTKIN is the Roger Hobbs Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at Chapman University. An internationally recognized authority on economic, political, and social trends, he is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and Forbes.com and a member of the Orange County Register editorial board. KOTKIN is the author of numerous books, including The Next Hundred Million, The City, and The New Geography. A native of New York City, he now lives in Los Angeles.