Labor & Economic Freedom

Workers are the backbone of the American economy. But the growth of monopolies intensifies income inequality, suppresses wages, and erodes the political and economic well-being of workers.

Wealth, Power, Control, and Command Private Monopoly and the American Worker

Date Published: July 15, 2018

In this paper for the AFL-CIO Commission on the Future of Work and Unions, Barry Lynn takes an introductory look at the political origins of America’s monopoly problem, provides some sense of the magnitude of the problem, and briefly assesses some of the specific ways in which big tech corporations such as Google and Uber make the monopoly problem worse.

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Against the Cult of Competition

Date Published: April 11, 2018

In the Law and Political Economy Blog, Sandeep Vaheesan writes how competition is deficient as a general social organizing principle and should be promoted selectively, not categorically.

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The Tyranny of Convenience

Date Published: February 24, 2018

Tim Wu, Open Markets advisory board member, published an article in the New York Times explaining how an emphasis on consumer convenience can foster monopoly and homogeneity.

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