Statement: Biden Repudiates Decades of Pro-Monopoly Policies and Takes a Major Step Toward Restoring Fair Markets for Small Businesses, Farmers, and Workers

Date: 9 Jul 2021 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In today’s speech and executive order, President Biden forcefully rebuked the destructive antitrust framework that has allowed monopoly power to grow unchecked for more than 40 years. The order includes more than 70 specific provisions, many of which reflect ILSR’s long-standing work and priorities. It marks a major turning point. … Read More

In The Washington Post: How Washington Got Back Into Trustbusting

Date: 25 Jun 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are at a pivotal moment in the antimonopoly movement. Lina Khan was recently named FTC chair and a Congressional committee is sending to the House floor six antitrust bills that strike at the heart of Big Tech’s predatory power. After decades of a misguided approach to antitrust policy, Washington has a new antimonopoly fervor, writes Senior Researcher Ron Knox in The Washington Post.… Read More

Statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s Vote Approving Legislation to Break Up and Rein In Big Tech

Date: 24 Jun 2021 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“There’s no doubt in my mind that American democracy will ultimately prevail over the outsized power of Big Tech,” said ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell. “Today’s bipartisan vote was a clear sign of the gathering momentum to break up Amazon and the other tech giants.”… Read More

New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

Date: 1 Apr 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem extends into the energy and electricity sector. While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America’s monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of the economy — including the electricity sector. The report is the latest in a series from ILSR focused on fighting monopoly power throughout several sectors of our economy, including Banking, Broadband, Food and Farming, Pharmacy, Waste and Recycling, and Small Business.… Read More

Our Antimonopoly Town Hall Draws Nearly 400 Small Businesses

Date: 25 Feb 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Nearly 400 people tuned into our lively town hall on February 22nd, which detailed how Amazon’s growing dominance hurts independent businesses and what Congress must do to curb monopoly power. The event featured Congressman David Cicilline, along with leading antitrust experts and small business advocates. … Read More

In The Nation, the Left Should Fight for Small Business

Date: 2 Dec 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s hard to believe, but Democrats used to be the party of small business. In The Nation, Stacy Mitchell and Susan R. Holmberg argue that the left should once again embrace small business. Doing so is crucial to reversing inequality & rescuing democracy. It’s also key to winning Congress.
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