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Historically, Americans have joined together across party lines to contain political corruption by containing monopolies. It’s a lesson we need to learn again. Anti-monopoly policies that de-concentrate business prevent excessive concentrations of economic power so that democracy and freedom can flourish.


Business Insider: The coming antitrust fights are an existential battle over how to protect capitalism

Date Published: June 15, 2019

Open Markets senior fellow Matt Stoller talks to Business Insider’s Linette Lopez about the latest round of hearings by the House Antitrust Subcommittee. Lopez highlights that for the first time in a generation, Washington is questioning what it means to protect American Capitalism. “There’s an increasingly powerful bipartisan view of anti-trust,” Stoller told her.

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Bloomberg: Tech’s Biggest Antitrust Problem May Be a Congressman from Rhode Island

Date Published: June 14, 2019

Bloomberg’s Joshua Brustein profiles Rep. David Cicilline, Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, and speaks to Open Markets Deputy Director Sarah Miller about the official congressional antitrust inquiry scrutinizing big tech corporations and how it “provides a channel for uncovering so much material” that makes clear antitrust enforcement is necessary.

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POLITICO: How a liberal think tank is driving 2020 Dems to crack down on Big Tech

Date Published: June 14, 2019

POLITICO’s Nancy Scola profiles Open Markets Institute in an exclusive feature. She tells the story of how Open Markets has “has spent years urging Washington to crack down on the United States’ biggest tech companies — a lonely crusade that barely registered with the political establishment. Now the Open Markets Institute has become one of the most influential drivers of Democratic politics in the fight to rein in Facebook, Amazon and Google.”

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When American Capitalism Meant Equality

Date Published: May 14, 2019

American capitalism used to mean economic equality and security. When I mention this in speeches or talks today, this observation prompts laughter, or outright disbelief. But it’s true. Americans used to believe economic equality was foundational to our political system. That America—at least for those considered citizens—carried with it an implicit promise of rough commercial equality. How did this notion change so radically?

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