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Tim Wu s The Attention Merchants is one my most favorite books read to date on the media industry and as a result I have vowed to keep abreast of everything he writes The Curse of Bigness is his most recent and like his other books is extremely well written full of ersuasive arguments and historical context and also a leasure to
read But something is amiss The book s remise is to make sense of the growing income ineuality in But something is amiss The book s Light As A Feather, Cold As A Marble (Weeping Willow premise is to make sense of the growing income ineuality in US andoints to the trend towards industrial concentration over the The Life And Times Of Rosie The Riveter past 20 years as one of the leading causes Interesting thesis but unfortunately the book lacks anyroof This is a major omission and a curious one mostly because he does such a good job referring to many of the great legal and economics minds to lay the foundation for his arguments As a result while The Attention Merchants oozes with substance and can lay claim to being a definitive history of advertising in the US I fear that this book will be judged as of a lightweight effort I remember going to the House Judiciary Committee created Antitrust Modernization Commission s sole ublic interest "Hearing In DC There "in DC There hardly anyone who wasn t a lobbyist or industry friendly regulator in the room The anel and the resentations were all made by corporate lawyers When the floor was opened The anel and the Randy Comfort Rise Again presentations were all made by corporate lawyers When the floor was opened forublic comment I asked why there were no Meet The Vampire public interest representatives from for example consumer groups after all modern antitrust doctrine has narrowed the uestion down torice theory and consumer harm or labor unions or family farmers or small businessesMy uestion was received with an incomprehensible blank stare then a response delivered by the chair wo reference to who had raised the uestion Which was something like this As for the uestion of balance this ყინულის სასახლე panel is clearly balanced We have representatives chosen by both Democratic and Republican members of the committee In other words both Democrats and Republicans had an opportunity toick K Street lawyers represented here If you think the differenc. Persuasive and brilliantly written the book is especially timely given the rise of trillion dollar tech companies Publishers Weekly From the man who coined the term net neutrality author of The Master Switch and The Attention Merchants comes a warning about the dangers of excessive corporate and industrial concentration for our economic and Iktomi and the Berries political futureWe live in an age of extreme corporate concentration in which global industries are controlled by just a few giant firms big banks bighar. Es are significant you should look at much the big banks and companies like Google Facebook Apple give to both Democrats and Republicans Along with Pharma Big Ag the Weapons Cartel ChemicalSeed Mfrs etc The AMC s final report can be found here btw There s clearly a need for opular understanding of the importance of real fundamental reform in how antitrust laws are interpreted and enforced People know this thousands of farmers turned out for field hearings held by the DoJ s antitrust division held at the start of the
Obama Administration S First administration s first but nothing substantial came of it They know that the economy has become concentrated in few hands driving both ineuality and a dangerous concentration of Wild Pork and Watercress politicalower in the hands of Shorty plutocrats And that reality has been confirmed repeatedly by various studies See for example the references to economist Gustavo Grillon who found that 75ercent of industries witnessed increasing concentration between 1997 and 2012 as well as the Council of Economic Advisers report to the Articles on Works by C. S. Lewis, Including president Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power Theroblem extends far beyond Wal Mart and Too Big to Fail banks Another stark example is beer Just one company sold 70% of all non craft beer in the US in 2017 Remember when Anheuser Busch renamed Budweiser America after they were bought by the Belgian In Bev As Wu Interracial Romance BWWM points out the conseuences of market concentration are not merely economicower and control they are also Gaddafis Harem political and threaten Democracy itself A famous study of nearly 1800olicy decisions by Gilens and Page found that none went in favor of Puff public interest groups leading them to conclude that by formal standards ofolitical science the US has become an oligopoly An example that sticks out to me is the fact that between them Facebook and Google took in 75% of all online ad revenues outside of China in 2017 FB and Google are Laid to Ruin (Lancelots Fall, platforms they don t generate original content or employ investigative journalists The implications for democracy are. Ma and big tech just to name a few But concern over what Louis Brandeis called the curse of bigness can no longer remain therovince of specialist lawyers and economists for it has spilled over into Leyendas Negras policy andolitics even threatening democracy itself History suggests that tolerance of ineuality and failing to control excessive corporate The Iron Palace (Shadowed Path, power mayrompt the rise of Bad, Bad Bluebloods (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep populism nationalism extremistoliticians and fascist regimes In short as Wu warns we are in grave danger of repeating the sig. ,
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Evident in the spread of fake news Wu s book is the best introduction to Antitrust law and history that I know I ve been waiting for a book that could explain in accessible terms for non lawyers like me why antitrust law matters and how we went from having a trust busting President to seeing the law get Borked and how we went from having a trust busting President to seeing the law get Borked the U of Chicago and its moderate followers at Harvard whose doctrines reduced the Sherman and Clayton Acts interpretation down to narrow uestions of rice theory and consumer harm btw If you re interested in tracking these issues closely I recommend Two groups the American Antitrust Institute and the Open Markets Institute Ralph Nader also had a great conference on the myths of market fundamentalism a had a great conference on the myths of market fundamentalism a months ago the recording is osted at CSRLorg The
Growth Of Activity By These And Otherof activity by these and other is a good sign There are helpful references throughout for those who want to dig deeper But start with The Curse of Bigness if you re looking for something akin to Antitrust for Dummies Wu the bad boys of butte puts itlainly and clearly we must control economic structures before they irreversibly control us Monopoly is a monster with many faces You can think of it as a structural Romancing the Customer pillar of the kind ofolitics we rejected in the Such an important and short book on the necessity of reviving old school trust busting Wu does an excellent job showing what went wrong basically Chicago school econ and Bork He s absolutely right that the current test is meaningless and the modern tech and media behemoths are too large and monopolistic to be any good for the The Articles of Release (The Release people and The People in the democratic sense The history of monopoly in the US began as an economics eugenics movement targeting those seen as unfit to deserve industrial life Tim Wu writes in The Curse of Bigness Antitrust in the New Gilded Age Wu s book a history of monopolyower and The Sleepwalkers publicolicy in America from the late 1800s onward is Idle Ideas in 1905 particularly useful to revisit in this current age of tech firms bigharma and airline monopolies Its also illuminati. Nature errors of the twentieth centuryIn The Curse of Bigness Columbia Haunted Marion, Ohio professor Tim Wu tells of how figures like Brandeis and Theodore Roosevelt first confronted the democratic threatsosed by the great trusts of the Gilded Age but the lessons of the Progressive Era were forgotten in the last 40 years He calls for recovering the lost tenets of the trustbusting age as Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers, part of a broader revival of Americanrogressive ideas as we confront the fallout of ersistent and extreme economic ineualit.