Competition Philosophy

Public policies structure markets in ways that can make them open and competitive at one extreme or closed and cornered at the other. The most familiar example are anti-trust laws. But competition policy also includes patent laws, occupational licensing requirements, prohibitions on price discrimination, “net neutrality” regulations, and other policies that set the terms of competition within any market.

The American Prospect: Monopoly and its Discontents

Date Published: October 9, 2019

Gerald Berk reviews Open Markets Senior Fellow Matt Stoller’s new book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy on The American Prospect. He writes that Matt Stoller’s ‘Goliath’ seeks to recover and explain the anti-monopoly tradition of the 20th century, at a time when it is urgently needed in the 21st. “Democrats who seek to revitalize their party would do well to study Matt Stoller’s Goliath and incorporate—in a complex and thoughtful manner—its central teachings,” Berk says.

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Petition to the Federal Communications Commission to Halt T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

Date Published: October 3, 2019

On October 3, Open Markets Institute joined a group of public interest groups and one union to file a petition before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to put the T-Mobile/Sprint merger on hold. This petition was filed after the FCC said that Sprint had misled the FCC and claimed that 885,000 subscribers were low-income and thus Sprint needed money from the FCC to serve them.

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Unleash the Existing Anti-Monopoly Arsenal

Date Published: September 24, 2019

Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan argues on The American Prospect that corporate power can be neutralized if federal agencies simply used the prodigious authority they’ve been granted. “The president already has extraordinary authority under decades-old statutes,” Vaheesan writes. “The question is will he or she appoint officials—to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other agencies—determined to tame corporate dominance of our economy and politics.”

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Accommodating Capital and Policing Labor: Antitrust in the Two Gilded Ages

Date Published: August 27, 2019

Open Markets Legal Director Sandeep Vaheesan published an article in the Maryland Law Review on how antitrust law protected capital and punished labor in the original Gilded Age and in the second Gilded Age in which we live. Although the specific doctrines and rules today are different than they were a century ago, antitrust is once again doing little to check corporate domination of markets and also preventing a significant fraction of the labor force from organizing.

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The Corner Newsletter, July 26, 2019: The Corner Newsletter: Commissioner Chopra’s Powerful Dissent – How Trump’s New Executive Order on Hospital Pricing Could Change Health Care – Three Takeaways from the House Antitrust Subcommittee’s Latest Hearing

Date Published: July 26, 2019

Welcome to The Corner. In this issue, we highlight a powerful dissent in the Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with Facebook, discuss why the Trump Administration’s new hospital pricing rule won’t fix American healthcare, and identify three key takeaways from last week’s House subcommittee hearing on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.

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Why Antimonopoly Awoke From Its Slumber, Part 1: The Clinton Era’s Failed Utopia

Date Published: July 17, 2019

In the first part of a three-part series for Pro-Market, Open Markets Senior Fellow Matt Stoller explains why antimonopoly politics is experiencing a resurgence. “To understand how far we’ve come, we must understand what was,” writes Stoller. “I am going to try and help us reach back to the 1990s, before the financial crisis, Iraq War, Big Tech’s monopolization, before Nickelback jokes, and so forth.”

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