We live in an age of extreme corporate concentration, in which global industries are controlled by just a few giant firms – big banks, big pharma, and big tech, to name a few. To understand how this undermines our democracy, join us next week for a community read of Tim Wu’s latest, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. We will discuss the diagnosis offered by the author in his short, concise book and review how changes to the interpretation of antitrust laws in the U.S. have resulted in growing inequality, a shrinking middle class, and ultimately a tendency toward nationalism and extremist views. As he states, "The road to fascism and dictatorship is paved with failures of economic policy to serve the needs of the general public." Remembering the lessons of the past, the author suggests we bring back the lost tenets of the trustbusting age as part of a broader revival of American progressive ideas to confront the fallout of persistent and extreme economic inequality. It's not necessary to have read the book in order to attend, but it is helpful (available at the Library, local bookstore or online).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tim Wu is the Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Columbia Law School. He teaches antitrust, copyright, the media industries, and communications law. Other works include: "Network Neutrality Broadband Discrimination" (2003), Who Controls the Internet (2006), The Master Switch (2010), and The Attention Merchants (2016).
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