Understanding Media Monopolies with Laura Flanders (Episode 45)

Date: 3 May 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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

Ballot Initiative Shapes Iowa Town’s Fight for Local Power — Episode 54 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 25 Apr 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can a town do to advance clean energy locally if it is fed up with its incumbent, investor-owned monopoly utility? In the latest episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative, interviews Andy Johnson and Joel Zook, community members and local energy leaders from Decorah Power, about an upcoming ballot initiative in Decorah, Iowa, and the culmination of an organized, grassroots effort by residents to take back local control of their electric utility and energy future. In a midterm election year, this is one vote that those who care about local, clean energy will not want to miss.… Read More

Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses (Episode 44)

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ranging as high-speed broadband access, electric utilities, and Facebook’s recent Congressional foibles.… Read More

South Miami: A Bright Spot for Solar in Sunshine State — Episode 53 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 11 Apr 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What can a small city do to advance clean energy locally, if its state commissioners and legislators are not willing to take their jobs regulating monopoly electric utilities seriously? John Farrell interviews Philip Stoddard, the pioneering, fourth-term mayor of South Miami, Florida, who has been sticking up to the state’s incumbent utility, in order to make the state live up to its billing as the Sunshine State.… Read More

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

Date: 22 Mar 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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

Brendan Greeley on Why We Need a Pro-Competition Political Party (Episode 40)

Date: 23 Feb 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Economics writer Brendan Greeley joins Stacy Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell to discuss what we all get wrong when we talk about economic indicators and how he’s working to change that.… Read More

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

Date: 15 Feb 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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

SCANA-Dominion Energy Utility Merger a Risky Deal for S.C. Ratepayers

Date: 14 Feb 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As monopoly utilities merge and grow bigger, they wield more power. This commentary advises South Carolina regulators, legislators, and residents to be cautious of a proposed takeover of SCANA by investor-owned utility Dominion Energy.… Read More

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