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Barry C. Lynn

Executive Director

Barry Lynn directs the Open Markets Institute. Previously, he spent 15 years at the New America Foundation researching and writing about monopoly power. He is author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (Wiley 2010) and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (Doubleday 2005).

Lynn’s writings on the political and economic effects of the extreme consolidation of power in the United States have influenced the thinking of policymakers and antitrust professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been profiled on CBS and in the New York Times, and his articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy. He has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, C-Span, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, among others. Prior to joining New America, Lynn was executive editor of Global Business Magazine for seven years, and worked as a correspondent in Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean for the  Associated Press  and  Agence France Presse.

Latest Work

NYT: Google and Amazon Are at the Center of a Storm Brewing Over Big Tech

Date Published: June 2, 2019

The New York Times speaks to Executive Director Barry Lynn about the storm brewing around Big Tech as the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission divide jurisdiction over the largest corporations to enforce antitrust law. “Until we see what they intend to do, none of this means anything,” said Lynn. “Maybe they are simply blowing smoke so the president gets happy for a moment so they can go back to doing nothing.”

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The New China Syndrome

Date Published: November 1, 2015

Open Markets Institute Executive Director Barry C. Lynn writes for Harper’s Magazine about the precarious trade relationship the United States has with China and the political and economic implications it has for American business and US national security.

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Antitrust: A Missing Key to Prosperity, Opportunity, and Democracy

Date Published: October 2, 2013

When a people set out to structure an economy, the most important decisions revolve around how they make markets and regulate competition. Such decisions determine not merely whether their economy will thrive, and how political power will be distributed. They also shape the character of individuals, communities, and society as a whole.

For two centuries, the foremost subject of economic debate in America was how to maximize liberty and opportunity in our economy, by blocking or closely managing concentrations of power over our markets.

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The Industrial Policy That America Has Forgotten

Date Published: October 1, 2013

In Europe’s World, Open Markets Institute Executive Director Barry C. Lynn writes that in the late 1940s, the United States adopted an industrial policy as sophisticated as any in world history. Rather than seek to build up power and wealth at home, Americans aimed instead to forge a deep and equitable industrial inter-dependence among nations.

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Estates of Mind

Date Published: July 29, 2013

The answer to America’s techno-malaise is to force big corporations to compete more. And to open their patent vaults.

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Big Beer, A Moral Market, and Innovation

Date Published: December 26, 2012

On the surface, America’s market for beer has never looked healthier. Where fewer than a hundred companies brewed a generation ago, we can now count more than 2,000, producing a mind-boggling variety of beers. Yet just below this drinker’s paradise we find a market that has never been more concentrated. Two giants — Anheuser-Busch Inbev and MillerCoors — control some 90 percent of production.

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The Real Enemy of Unions

Date Published: June 2, 2011

In the Washington Monthly, Barry Lynn explains why organized labor should join with entrepreneurs to bust the corporate monopolies threatening them both.

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In America today, wealth and political power are more concentrated than at any point in our country’s history.

The Open Markets Institute, formerly the Open Markets program at New America, was founded to protect liberty and democracy from these extreme -- and growing -- concentrations of private power.

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