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ILSR Submits Comments as Federal Trade Commission Embarks on a Rare Review of Its Antitrust Policy

ILSR Submits Comments as Federal Trade Commission Embarks on a Rare Review of Its Antitrust Policy

Zach Freed

August 30, 2018

In a series of hearings this fall, the Federal Trade Commission will examine whether it should be doing more to check concentrated economic power. ILSR has submitted comments to the agency that highlight the impact of concentration on independent businesses and outline the dangers of Amazon's platform power.READ MORE


In Book Review for Washington Monthly, Stacy Mitchell on “The Truth About Big Business”

In Book Review for Washington Monthly, Stacy Mitchell on "The Truth About Big Business"

Stacy Mitchell

July 24, 2018

In the July-August issue of "Washington Monthly" magazine, ILSR's Stacy Mitchell rebuts a new book's claims that the monopolization of the U.S. economy is a good thing. As she does so, Stacy also mounts a vigorous counter-argument, explaining how economic policy has tilted the playing field in favor of bigness, but how small businesses perform critical functions that big businesses can't.READ MORE


In-Depth

Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business

Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business

Stacy Mitchell

August 10, 2016

The U.S. is much less a nation of entrepreneurs than it was a generation ago. In this report, which won an award for antitrust scholarship in 2017, we suggest that the decline of small businesses is owed, at least in part, to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations. The report presents three reasons to bring a commitment to fair markets for small businesses back into antitrust policy, and concludes by outlining specific steps to do just that.READ MORE


Amazon’s Monopoly

Amazon’s Monopoly

Stacy Mitchell

November 29, 2016

An excerpt from our report chronicles how Amazon is destroying competition and market diversity, leaving us with fewer choices, less innovation, and diminished opportunities.READ MORE


Featured Articles

With Antitrust Ruling, Supreme Court Underscores Need for New Anti-Monopoly Movement

With Antitrust Ruling, Supreme Court Underscores Need for New Anti-Monopoly Movement

Stacy Mitchell

June 29, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in the case Ohio v. American Express makes even more clear the importance of the growing movement of citizens and elected officials to restore U.S. antitrust laws to their original strength and purpose, and to tackle the power of Big Tech head-on through new policies.READ MORE


6 Ways to Rein In Today’s Monopolies

6 Ways to Rein In Today’s Monopolies

Stacy Mitchell

February 16, 2018

Monopolies are strangling competition and cutting off opportunity. In this feature for The Nation, we show how to stop them.READ MORE


Amazon Doesn’t Just Want to Dominate the Market—It Wants to Become the Market

Amazon Doesn’t Just Want to Dominate the Market—It Wants to Become the Market

Stacy Mitchell

February 15, 2018

This cover feature for The Nation looks at how Amazon is a radically new kind of monopoly with ambitions that dwarf those of earlier empires, and what we should do about it.READ MORE


The Rise and Fall of the Word ‘Monopoly’ in American Life

The Rise and Fall of the Word 'Monopoly' in American Life

Stacy Mitchell

June 20, 2017

In this piece for The Atlantic, ILSR's Stacy Mitchell looks at the history of the anti-monopoly movement in the U.S. — and how today, as economic concentration soars, monopoly could again be just the word we need.READ MORE


With New Wave of Mega-Mergers, the Big Aim to Get Bigger

With New Wave of Mega-Mergers, the Big Aim to Get Bigger

Olivia LaVecchia

November 23, 2015

Recent years have been record ones for mergers and acquisitions. While much of this concentration is invisible to most of us, its effects ripple throughout all areas of the economy.READ MORE


To Beat Retail Monopolies, We Need to Shed Our Consumer Identity

To Beat Retail Monopolies, We Need to Shed Our Consumer Identity

Stacy Mitchell

December 7, 2006

A growing number of communities are fighting back against the rising power of large retail stores like Wal-Mart. But real change won't come until we stop thinking of ourselves as consumers and start thinking of ourselves as engaged citizens.READ MORE


Audio & Video

The Huge Supreme Court Cases You May Have Missed (Episode 49)

The Huge Supreme Court Cases You May Have Missed (Episode 49)

Nick Stumo-Langer

June 28, 2018

Guest host Nick Stumo-Langer and ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell discuss two recent Supreme Court cases that have vast implications for the state of our economy and the role of the court as a centralized entity in ILSR's decentralized worldview.READ MORE


Understanding Media Monopolies with Laura Flanders (Episode 45)

Understanding Media Monopolies with Laura Flanders (Episode 45)

Nick Stumo-Langer

May 3, 2018

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economy initiative director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Laura Flanders to discuss the disturbing trend toward a calcified and monopolistic media landscape.READ MORE


Why Aren’t Wages Rising? The Answer Sounds a Lot Like Monopoly (Episode 42)

Why Aren't Wages Rising? The Answer Sounds a Lot Like Monopoly (Episode 42)

Nick Stumo-Langer

March 22, 2018

Marshall Steinbaum, a labor economist and research director at the Roosevelt Institute, sits down with Stacy Mitchell to discuss what is keeping American's wages low and the prevalence of monopsony in our economy.READ MORE


The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement (Episode 36)

The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement (Episode 36)

Nick Stumo-Langer

December 28, 2017

This roundtable discussion between ILSR's Stacy Mitchell, John Farrell, and Christopher Mitchell delves into the growing movement against monopoly power in the political economy.READ MORE


Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win (Episode 30)

Beating the Monopolies: Barry Lynn Explains How We Will Win (Episode 30)

Nick Stumo-Langer

October 5, 2017

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell sits down with Barry Lynn, head of the Open Markets Institute, to talk about how we fight concentrated corporate power and its impact on our liberty and democracy.READ MORE


America’s Major Market Power Problem (Episode 13)

America's Major Market Power Problem (Episode 13)

Nick Stumo-Langer

March 9, 2017

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR's Christopher Mitchell and Stacy Mitchell talk about entrepreneurship — both how it's plummeted in recent years, and how to bring it back.READ MORE


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