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Photo: Stacy Mitchell, Rep. Ellison, and Lina Khan.
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2017

Listen: Stacy Mitchell on “We the Podcast” with Rep. Keith Ellison and Lina Khan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-stacy-mitchell-on-we-the-podcast-with-rep-keith-ellison-and-lina-khan/

Taking on Amazon. It’s a big subject. But in this episode of Rep. Keith Ellison’s podcast, “We the Podcast,” ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and Lina Khan of Open Markets join Rep. Ellison to talk about how to do just that — and why we need to. The three also discuss how Amazon is part of a trend of market concentration more broadly, and what that means for the middle class and communities.

“Nearly every industry you look in is dominated by three or four companies,” says Rep. Ellison in the episode. “Is market concentration part of the problem when it comes to the economic fortunes of working and middle class Americans?”

“It absolutely is,” Stacy replies. “These companies are concentrating power and they’re cutting off opportunity. It’s hard to start a business the way that people used to be able to, and get into the middle class that way. And because they have so much power, they’re able to manipulate workers and hold down wages.”

“I think it’s worth recognizing that this is not just an isolated feature of the rental car industry or the airline industry, it’s now a systemic feature of our entire political economy,” adds Khan. “Sector after sector after sector.”

You can listen to the 30-minute episode on iTunes or wherever you find your podcasts, or watch the video of the recording below. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2018

Want Your City to Prosper? Then Forget Everything You Think You Know about Economic Growth (Episode 37)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/strong-towns-blp-episode-37/

As a trained engineer and planner, Strong Towns Founder and President Chuck Marohn noticed something off about the decisions many of the cities and towns were making in regards to their economic development. In short, they were building with the expectation of overall decay, not of incremental improvement long-term. It was then that Marohn decided… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2017

In Jersey City, a Policy Fosters Local Independent Businesses — and Gets Pushback from CVS

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/in-jersey-city-a-policy-fosters-local-independent-businesses-and-draws-cvss-ire/

In downtown Jersey City, a familiar story is playing out: Independent business owners have helped foster neighborhood growth, and now, chain stores are interested in sweeping in with their own locations. What’s different in Jersey City is that the city has taken proactive steps to check this common cycle, and instead, build a model that allows for more opportunity for local entrepreneurs. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, Energy, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 28, 2017

The Rising Anti-Monopoly Movement (Episode 36)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anti-monopoly-blp-episode-36/

“These monopoly utilities have grown too powerful for the utility regulators to rein them in,” says John Farrell of the power of monopoly electric utilities in our economy in an illustration of just one of the many industries where monopoly power reigns. Monopoly power is an ineffable part of our society, but a new movement… Continue reading

Photo: Stacy Mitchell speaking at Congressional briefing.
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2017

Watch ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Speak on Amazon at Briefing for Members of Congress

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/watch-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-speak-on-amazon-at-briefing-for-members-of-congress/

On Friday, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell joined members of Congress and other policy experts for a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., “The Impact of Dominant Internet Platforms on Competition, Innovation, and Democracy.” The briefing, which was held by the House Judiciary Committee Democrats and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, comes as there is increasing concern about the size and power of large tech companies, including Amazon. Continue reading