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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2017

Amazon Is Trying to Control the Underlying Infrastructure of Our Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-is-trying-to-control-the-underlying-infrastructure-of-our-economy/

In this op-ed for Motherboard, we look at how Amazon is trying to control the underlying infrastructure of our economy. We also examine how buying Whole Foods would expand Amazon’s control of commerce — and why regulators should block it. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-word-monopoly-in-american-life/

If “monopoly” sounds like a word from another era, that’s because, until recently, it was. The term was reliably used through the middle of the 20th century in newspaper headlines and State of the Union addresses alike, but starting in the 1970s, it began to retreat from public consciousness. The story of why carries lessons for how an economic policy’s effectiveness can be its own undoing — and about how people are thinking about corporate power today. Because monopoly is back.

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. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2017

ILSR Report on “Monopoly Power and the Decline Small Business” Receives Award for Antitrust Scholarship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-report-on-monopoly-power-and-the-decline-small-business-receives-award-for-antitrust-scholarship/

A report published by ILSR is recognized as “Best Antitrust and Small Business Article” as part of the annual Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 27, 2017

Policies That Make Markets Work, Hello Antitrust! – Episode 18 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/antitrust-policy-episode-18-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week in Building Local Power, we are focusing on what makes and breaks markets – market power, monopoly, and antitrust. As we discuss with noted antitrust Silicon Valley lawyer Gary Reback, markets require intelligent intervention to prevent power from becoming too consolidated. Let’s be blunt – if you are happy with the Internet access… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2017

With Healthcare Middlemen Controlling Prescription Drug Prices, There’s a Better Model for Pharmacy Care

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/with-healthcare-middlemen-controlling-prescription-drug-prices-theres-a-better-model-for-pharmacy-care/

There’s a small group of powerful companies, called pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, that increasingly controls the prices of prescription drugs. The results of this market power include higher costs, worse outcomes for patients, and diminishing competition. A new article in the American Prospect looks at the problem and what state and federal governments should do about it, including such solutions as North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law. Continue reading

Photo: Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivering a speech on antitrust.
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2017

Anticompetitive Conditions Are Impacting Independent Businesses, Says Letter to Sen. Klobuchar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/anticompetitive-conditions-are-impacting-independent-businesses-says-letter-to-sen-klobuchar/

In today’s highly concentrated markets, the ability of dominant companies to exclude and impede businesses from competing has become one of the most pressing issues facing independent businesses. On the heels of a recent speech about the need for more vigorous antitrust enforcement by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) has sent Sen. Klobuchar a letter commending her call for action and sharing information about the experiences of AIB’s member businesses. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2017

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Speaks with The Capitol Forum about Amazon’s Economic Effects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-speaks-with-the-capitol-forum-about-amazon/

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell recently spoke about the economic impacts of Amazon in a conference call with editors and subscribers of The Capitol Forum, a news and analysis service for policymakers and others involved with issues of market competition. Here are some highlights from the conversation. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2016

Dear Santa…ILSR’s Federal Energy Policy Wish List

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dear-santa-wish-list/

A new administration critical of clean energy imposes vast uncertainty on a U.S. energy sector that in recent years has tiptoed toward greater local control and increased renewable energy generation. This year, our federal policy wish list includes a series of items that would keep up the trend and deliver economic benefits to communities nationwide…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2016

Report: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/amazon-stranglehold/

Amazon has quietly positioned itself at the center of a growing share of our daily activities and transactions, extending its tentacles across our economy, and with it, our lives. In this new report, we pull back the curtain on the company, and find that it’s at the center of increasing inequality and diminishing opportunity, and that it’s concentrating power in ways that endanger competition, community life, and democracy. We also examine how public policy should address Amazon’s high costs. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2016

Statement on Clinton’s Call for Stronger Antitrust to Protect Small Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/statement-on-clintons-call-for-stronger-antitrust-to-protect-small-business/

Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and author of Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business: The Case for Restoring America’s Once Robust Antitrust Policies, issued the following statement today in response to Hillary Clinton’s economic policy speech in Ohio, in which she discussed growing corporate concentration and its impact on small business, and called for stronger antitrust measures: Continue reading