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Matt Stoller


Matt Stoller is a fellow at the Open Markets Institute. He is writing a book on monopoly power in the 20th century for Simon and Schuster. Previously, he was a Senior Policy Advisor and Budget Analyst to the Senate Budget Committee. He also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on financial services policy, including Dodd-Frank, the Federal Reserve, and the foreclosure crisis. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Republic, Vice, and Salon. He was a producer for MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, and served as a writer and actor on the short-lived FX television series Brand X with Russell Brand. You can follow him on Twitter at @matthewstoller.

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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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Observer: What Breaking Up Facebook Would Actually Entail, According to Experts

Date Published: May 21, 2019

Open Markets’ fellow Matt Stoller talks to the Observer about what breaking up Facebook would look like. “This isn’t rocket science,” Stoller told Observer. “The government should just hire an investment bank to break up the company. Then regulate the data practices and interoperability so that social networking is a neutral communications platform instead of a predatory one.”

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Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Date Published: May 20, 2019

If you are thinking about Facebook or questions of political economy, an important and telling hearing took place recently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowsky did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

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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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NPR: What To Expect When Uber Hits The Stock Market

Date Published: May 9, 2019

Uber hit the stock market May 10. NPR reported its value may reach 90 billion dollars, But its ultimate market value could face headwinds with the populist movement rising in America. NPR speaks to Open Markets fellow Matt Stoller about Uber’s bigness and whether it could be subject to antitrust in the future.

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Amazon deserves more than rejection from New York. It should be punished

Date Published: February 16, 2019

Amazon pulled out of its deal to build a corporate campus in New York City amid bad press, grassroots activists and local opposition lawmakers calling out the bad deal. Matt Stoller writes on The Guardian that Simply saying ‘no’ to its headquarters isn’t enough – Amazon should be investigated for abusing monopoly power.

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The Guardian: A new antitrust frontier – the issue closing partisan divides in the name of policing big tech

Date Published: February 3, 2019

The Guardian’s David Smith reports on how the left and the right are united in the pursuit of greater accountability and transparency from Silicon Valley’s power players. He talks to Open Markets fellow Matt Stoller about how big tech is bringing together conservatives’ anti-monopoly streak with progressives’ suspicion of big business and wealth inequality.

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Right-Sizing American Capitalism

Date Published: December 13, 2018

Fundamentally rebuilding our democracy means engineering our corporations and markets to enable the freedom of the producer from the domination by the monopolist or financier.

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America’s Amazon Problem

Date Published: June 16, 2017

Open Markets fellow Matthew Stoller writes on the Huffington Post that Jeff Bezos has created an empire that’s quickly raising political questions. Like Google and Facebook, Amazon uses technology and data to sidestep traditional restrictions on monopoly power. Now, Bezos is attempting to add more power to his empire with the surprise announcement that the company will pay $13.7 billion for Whole Foods Market.

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After the Fumble

Date Published: March 1, 2017

Having dominated the Democratic Party for years, the meritocrats now find themselves in a state of crisis.

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Government Has Gutted Its Independent Research

Date Published: November 7, 2016

There is an inherent conflict posed in the financing of policy ideas. On the one hand, money is required to assemble the data and narratives necessary to present policy options. On the other hand, money can also, in and of itself, corrupt those ideas. This is the think tank analogue to the problem presented by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

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Monopolies Are Antithetical to Democracy

Date Published: November 4, 2016

The proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger is a watershed moment for our political system. Will we continue to allow the further concentration of economic power at the top, or will this be the moment when democracy fights back?

ATT-Time Warner would be a giant in pay-TV, wireless service, broadband, news and entertainment — it could certainly shape the media to its advantage in a myriad different ways.

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The Housing Crash and the End of American Citizenship

Date Published: July 11, 2012

To many Americans, it feels like the United States is a different country than it was just a few years ago. It is hard to explain to teenagers today that there was a time, even a short time ago, when political institutions did not seem riddled with corruption and when Americans were not split by stark economic and political lines.

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Treat foreclosure as a crime scene

Date Published: December 15, 2011

Bubbling under the surface of politics is the foreclosure crisis — where the power of big finance is brushing up against the rule of law. The party leaders seem to have decided it is essentially a giant — but unavoidable — tragedy. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said foreclosures have to clear for the housing market to reset. The Obama administration, meanwhile, has spent only about $2 billion of the $75 billion authorized for the Home Affordable Modification Program.

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