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The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age 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 political futureWe 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, just to name a few But concern over what Louis Brandeis called the curse of bigness can no longer remain the province of specialist lawyers and economists, for it has spilled over into policy and politics, even threatening democracy itself History suggests that tolerance of inequality and failing to control excessive corporate power may prompt the rise of populism, nationalism, extremist politicians, and fascist regimes In short, as Wu warns, we are in grave danger of repeating the signature errors of the twentieth centuryIn The Curse of Bigness, Columbia professor Tim Wu tells of how figures like Brandeis and Theodore Roosevelt first confronted the democratic threats posed by the great trusts of the Gilded Age but the lessons of the Progressive Era were forgotten in the lastyears He calls for recovering the lost tenets of the trustbusting age as part of a broader revival of American progressive ideas as we confront the fallout of persistent and extreme economic inequality

10 thoughts on “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

  1. Tim Wu Tim Wu says:

    I learned an awful lot writing it.

  2. D. St. Germain D. St. Germain says:

    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 monopoly power and public policy in America from the late 1800s onward, is particularly useful to revisit in this current age of tech firms, big pharma, and airline mo

  3. Charles J Charles J says:

    As the ideological tectonic plates shift in America, many apparently settled matters have become unsettled This creates, at the same time, both conflict and strange bedfellows, though I suspect the latter will become used to each other soon enough Such once settled matters include hot button cultural matters like nationalism, but also dry, technical matters of little apparent general interes

  4. Mehrsa Mehrsa says:

    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 people and The People in the democratic sense.

  5. Zaphirenia Zaphirenia says:

    Once upon a time, in the 1990s and 2000s, the Web and the Internet were new and everything was going to be different forever Very comprehensive and consise, suitable for non experts to understand the history and development of American antitrust law and policy, from the breakup of the first trusts of Rockfeller and Morgan to the time of tech industry giants like Google and Facebook and the rol

  6. Athan Tolis Athan Tolis says:

    Monopoly is a monster with many faces You can think of it as a structural pillar of the kind of politics we rejected in the forties and the late eighties, you can look at it from the angle of the businessman or the consumer or you can take the legal angle.In this 120 page monograph, which is decidedly not cursed by bigness, author Tim Wu gives a thorough and entertaining history of the legal as

  7. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    The second book in a week I have read about the necessity of Anti trust and the danger of large Monopolies and oligopolies on our democracy Again wisdom gained in the early twentieth century forgotten and a return to a new gilded age and probably worse if things keep going this way Antitrust is an important tool to break up concentrations of wealth and power Monopolies are deadly to liberal demo

  8. Charlie Cray Charlie Cray says:

    I remember going to the House Judiciary Committee created Antitrust Modernization Commission s sole public interest hearing in DC There was hardly anyone who wasn t a lobbyist or industry friendly regulator in the room The panel and the presentations were all made by corporate lawyers When the floor was opened up for public comment, I asked why there were no public interest representatives from,

  9. Clint Clint says:

    A short book about the seemingly dry subject of antitrust that revealed itself instead to be urgently important and incredibly readable to me as a layman in the area Wu s brief history of antitrust s origins and strong enforcement in the early to mid 20th century is informative and compelling, but evenso I enjoyed his detailed recommendations for how and why we should now return to that tradition

  10. Charlie Charlie says:

    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 persuasive arguments and historical context, and also a pleasure to read But something is amiss The book s premise is to make sense

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