Anti-Monopoly

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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


Featured Articles

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


Visa Wants to Rule How We Pay for Purchases. But Its Market Power Has a High Cost.

Visa Wants to Rule How We Pay for Purchases. But Its Market Power Has a High Cost.

Olivia LaVecchia

August 14, 2017

The dominance of Visa, along with Mastercard and the big banks that issue most credit cards, comes with high costs for small business owners and consumers.         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 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


Stacy Mitchell Speaks at American Antitrust Institute’s “Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Antitrust”

Stacy Mitchell Speaks at American Antitrust Institute's "Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Antitrust"

ILSR

September 2, 2015

In these remarks, made on a panel at an American Antitrust Institute event, ILSR's Stacy Mitchell makes the case that the national thinking on antitrust has gone awry since the 1970s, when antitrust shifted away from its longstanding goal of maintaining robust competition to focus instead on efficiency and low prices.               READ MORE


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