About Open Markets
We are a team of journalists, researchers, lawyers, and advocates working together to expose and reverse the stranglehold that corporate monopolies have on our country.
The mission of Open Markets is to empower Americans to reclaim all the freedoms fundamental to a happy life as independent and fully engaged citizens.
This includes the freedom to earn a fair wage for hard work and the freedom to start a business and build it up. It includes the freedom to sell the products of our farms, our hands, and our minds on open markets at fair prices. It includes the freedom to talk freely and share trustworthy news with one another. It includes the freedom to provide good food and good health care and good education to our children. It includes the freedom to build communities and families in our own ways.
It includes the freedom that comes from knowing our nation is safe and our world is at peace.
Recently, the entire Open Markets was forced to leave our long-time home in a Washington think tank after we made a statement in support of an antitrust decision against Google.
We have relaunched as an independent non-profit organization, The Open Markets Institute. This attempt to interfere in our work also inspired us to launch a new initiative, Citizens Against Monopoly, to engage Americans from across our nation in fights against concentrated private power. Neither Open Markets nor Citizens Against Monopoly will accept funding from any for-profit corporation.
In the coming weeks and months the Open Markets team will continue to do what we have always done – address these threats through cutting edge journalism, historical and legal analysis, and direct outreach to policymakers and the public in the United States and Europe. We will also build a new website to help the public understand America’s monopoly problem, to connect readers with our large body of writings and research, and to give members of the public a better sense of how to work together to master the great political threat posed by concentration of power.
Individual members of the Open Markets team will also continue to do our vanguard work detailing how consolidation affects specific sectors of the U.S. economy. This will include food and farming systems, especially through our Food and Power newsletter. It includes detailed looks at how monopoly affects American workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. It includes detailed dives into the effects of monopolization in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, transportation, retail, energy, heavy industry, and banking and finance. It includes close research into how trade laws promote dangerous monopolization, both abroad and here at home.