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Big by Matt Stoller


Matt Stoller is a writer who focuses on monopoly power. He is the author of the Simon and Schuster book Goliath: The Hundred-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. He is the Research Director of the American Economic Liberties Project.

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1.  The Cantillon Effect and Stock Market Crashes  

2022-05-19


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Stock Market
There's a mismatch between financial returns and underlying economic activity. This mismatch deforms our society, and there's only one way out.

2.  Big Bottle: The Baby Formula Nightmare  

2022-05-13


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View In: Baby Formula
This is a true crisis that is a long-time coming. Thank the baby formula monopoly, its partner at the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Agriculture.

3.  Chicken Prices and Chicken Shit  

2022-05-10


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Antitrust
Defense lawyers go after Antitrust chief Jonathan Kanter for citing the 'Chickenshit Club.' It is a 'crass double-entendre,' they say, and an ethics violation for Kanter to talk like a normal human.

5.  Elon Musk, China, and the Biden Collapse  

2022-04-27


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Elon Musk Buys Twitter
The Chinese government increasingly controls U.S. discourse and policy. The problems with the CCP are getting worse, not better.

6.  Blowing Up Antitrust Enforcement  

2022-04-15


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View In: Matt Stoler
4000 of you wrote the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice about monopolies. Your comments are *fascinating.* Plus Elon Musk and Twitter...

7.  Elon Musk and Selling Tickets to the End of the World  

2022-04-14


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View In: Elon Musk Buys Twitter
We shouldn't be arguing about Elon Musk. It's time for public utility rules and the end of Section 230.

8.  Peeing in the Economists' Pool  

2022-04-12


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View In: Antitrust
Antitrust Division chief Jonathan Kanter told a roomful of fancy lawyers and economists that their day of controlling the law through tricky language is over.

9.  The Secret Plot To Unleash Corporate Power  

2022-04-08


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View In: Matt Stoler
In 1980, conspirators launched a secret plot to get rid of antitrust law. It worked. Now enforcers are asking for help from you and me to restore the law. Let's give it to them.

10.  Did the Ocean Shipping Cartel Impose a 20% Tariff on U.S. Imports?  

2022-03-30


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View In: Supply Chain
The ocean shipping cartel have de facto erected a tariff on U.S. imports of up to 20%. And that's not even getting into the straight-up export ban.

11.  The Red Wedding for Rural Pharmacies  

2022-03-28


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View In: Big Pharma
Biden just tried to regulate CVS, United Health, and Cigna. Cigna struck back, and is now trying to wipe out independent pharmacies and harm patients. Plus, antitrust enforcers are getting real.

12.  Shipping Chaos, Not Ukraine, Is How Globalization Ends  

2022-03-24


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View In: Supply Chain
Small importers are having trouble getting space from ocean carriers, and when they can get space, it's incredibly expensive. This is how it all ends.

13.  Why Are Judges Encouraging Inflation?  

2022-03-16


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View In: Inflation
Three judges - two appointed by Bill Clinton and one by Barack Obama - just issued yet another decision making it easier for big business to raise prices.

14.  Getting Queasy  

2022-03-11


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View In: Ukraine Future
With Russia not able to pay its debts, there is a risk that some large financial organization will go bankrupt, causing a chain reaction. Here is evidence that this may be happening already.

15.  Monopolies Take a Fifth of Your Wages  

2022-03-08


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View In: Matt Stoler
According to a government report released today, monopolies cost workers between 15-25% of their wages. Get ready for action by antitrust enforcers.

16.  Clarence Thomas Takes a Skeptical Eye Towards Surveillance Advertising  

2022-03-07


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Section 230
The conservative justice issued a statement on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, in which he attacked the core business model of Silicon Valley giants.

17.  Antitrust Cops: Handcuffs Are Coming  

2022-03-04


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Antitrust
The antitrust debate is heating up. Meanwhile, both the Democratic and Republican Senate Caucuses are being briefed on competition law.

18.  Ukraine War Profiteering and the Shipping Cartel  

2022-03-02


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View In: Supply Chain
In tonight's State of the Union, Joe Biden will talk about inflation. One solution he'll propose is going after the ocean shipping cartel. We are, slowly, reorienting how we make and move things.

19.  From Russian Pipelines With Love  

2022-02-26


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Gas Pipelines
Russia has market power over oil and natural gas, and it is using that market power to finance its military moves. Pipelines ship energy, they also organize power.

20.  The Busy Bees at the Antitrust Division  

2022-02-25


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View In: Matt Stoler
Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Jonathan Kanter gets a lot less attention than Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan. But he is up to a bang-up start.

21.  Big Tech Tries to Defund the Police  

2022-02-16


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Reform The Police
The biggest lobby in D.C. - the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - has a reason to go after Lina Khan. Demonizing her sells.

22.  Unilever CEO: “We will, of course, continue to take further price increases....”  

2022-02-11


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View In: Crypto
Economists may scoff, but yes, market power is driving price increases.

23.  Yes, Facebook Is Still a Monopoly  

2022-02-11


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Facebook Monopoly
TikTok and YouTube attract ad dollars, but they are broadcast platforms, not social networks. Their success does not undermine the antitrust case against Facebook.

24.  Antitrust Is Responsible for “the Metaverse”  

2022-02-10


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View In: Facebook Monopoly
Why is Zuckerberg is spending $10 billion a year trying to innovate? Because he can no longer buy his way to dominance. That's a policy victory.

25.  A BIG Video Exposing Amazon Prime  

2022-02-09


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View In: Amazon
I'm doing a new video series with Breaking Points on monopoly power. Amazon Prime is first on deck.

26.  Larry Summers Honors Stephen Breyer's “Progressive Deregulation of Airlines”  

2022-01-28


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View In: Replacing Breyer
Who is lauding Breyer? People who support or represent market power.

27.  Stephen Breyer’s Legacy of Destruction  

2022-01-27


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View In: Replacing Breyer
“On the basis of his antitrust record, he is an unjust man. Breyer is the candidate of big business and monopoly in America.”

28.  The Bicycle Thieves  

2022-01-21


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View In: Matt Stoler
There's a bicycle shortage due to, yes, monopoly. And now the monopolists are trying to build a world without independent bike shops.

29.  Microsoft Brings a Cannon to a Knife Fight  

2022-01-19


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View In: Microsoft
Microsoft is buying Activision in a $69 billion deal to reshape video gaming. Meanwhile, government antitrust enforcers are gearing up to stop mergers just like this.

30.  Ivy League Cartel Sued for Price-Fixing  

2022-01-11


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View In: Education
In a comical trolling of elite America, plaintiff lawyers are suing Yale, MIT, Columbia, Duke, et al for price-fixing. The suit reveals how American universities favor the wealthy and powerful.

31.  What's Coming in 2022 on the Monopoly Front?  

2022-01-06


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View In: Matt Stoler
What did we get done last year? What will happen in the coming year? And how did BIG do?

32.  What the Great Ammunition Shortage Says About Inflation  

2022-01-05


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View In: Matt Stoler
Concentration is increasing prices and keeping them high. The ammunition duopoly and the “Great Ammunition Shortage” is just one example.

33.  Did a Fire Just Burn Down Our Semiconductor Supply?  

2022-01-04


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View In: Matt Stoler
A fire at ASML, the critical semiconductor equipment monopolist, may have destroyed key capacity. And semi stock TSMC went up! This is an example not of economies of scale, but economies of fail.

34.  Corporate Profits Drive 60% of Inflation Increases  

2021-12-29


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Higher prices aren't just a result of supply chain chaos or government spending. Inflation is being driven by the pricing power and higher profits of corporations, costing $2,126 per American.

35.  The World's Most Profitable Traffic Jam  

2021-12-18


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Shorages
Clogging up the ports is a $150 billion business, but a bipartisan bill to re-regulate the sector is moving through Congress. Why is Congress about to do the right thing?

36.  Cryptocurrencies: A Necessary Scam?  

2021-12-07


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Finance
Yes, Web3 is a bunch of bullshit. The problem is, compared to what?

37.  FTC Sues to Block Nvidia-ARM Merger  

2021-12-02


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Matt Stoler
Lina Khan is for real. That's why she led the FTC to challenge a $40 billion merger in the semiconductor space.

38.  Antitrust Enforcers to Take on Big Business and Shortage Profiteering  

2021-12-02


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View In: Matt Stoler
The Federal Trade Commission just launched the first major investigation into shortages and monopoly power, sending letters to Amazon, Walmart, Tyson Foods, and Proctor & Gamble. This matters.

39.  Why We Can't Make the President a Working Helicopter?  

2021-11-23


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: hypersonic Missles
The Lockheed-Sikorsky merger wasn't a very good idea. Oh well.

40.  Big Business Declares War on Lina Khan  

2021-11-21


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View In: Matt Stoler
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets ready to go after the anti-monopoly movement and its leader at the Federal Trade Commission. But the conservative-corporate coalition is now splintering.

42.  The Truck Driver Shortage Is Not New. It's Been Happening Ever Since Deregulation.  

2021-11-10


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View In: Matt Stoler
Cutting truck driver pay in the name of efficiency was always the point of deregulation. But when you cut slack from the system, you destabilize it.

43.  More than Half of Americans Have Experienced a Shortage  

2021-09-30


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View In: Shorages
How long until we're back to normal? Firm expectations are getting worse. Then again, vendor lead times, though extreme, are beginning to fall.

44.  The Cantillon Effect: How the Federal Reserve Caused a Massive Merger Wave  

2021-09-26


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View In: Finance
How Fed Chair Jay Powell undermines antitrust enforcement.

45.  ShortageWatch: “Sorry. No French Fries with any order. We have no potatoes.”  

2021-09-22


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Shorages
Mason jar lids. Medicine. Resin. FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra notes that too big to fail firms and cost cuts are sabotaging our supply chains and causing shortages.

46.  The War in Afghanistan Is What Happens When McKinsey Types Run Everything  

2021-08-28


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: What I Did Not Know About the Afghan War
The Afgan military was too dependent on US contractors to function after we left. The US military has the same problems.

48.  Biden Loses to Pfizer and Moderna in the Global Vaccine Monopoly Fight  

2021-08-01


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Vaccine Patent Waiver
Chinese strategists think the West is in permanent decline. Have Joe Biden and Angela Merkel proved them right?

49.  The Big Law Cartel: How Antitrust Lawyers Help Their Clients Break the Law  

2021-07-23


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View In: Matt Stoler
Big law is a corrupting influence on our policymakers. The new FTC is dusting off an old legal tool to fight back.

50.  Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan: Monopolies Are a National Security Problem  

2021-07-18


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View In: Matt Stoler
Jake Sullivan says competition, not national champions, secures American prosperity.

51.  Biden Launches Sweeping Action on “Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big Ag.” Can It Be Real?  

2021-07-12


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View In: Matt Stoler
“In the late 1930s, FDR’s Administration supercharged antitrust enforcement, increasing more than eightfold the number of cases brought in just two years.”

53.  Facebook Hits $1 Trillion in Market Value, Beats Gov't Antitrust Rap (for Now)  

2021-06-29


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View In: Matt Stoler
If you want to know exactly what happened, then this article is great. Otherwise a bit long winded and boring, but it does have great content.

54.  Why Did Congress Just Vote to Break Up Big Tech?  

2021-06-27


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View In: Matt Stoler
The Judiciary Committee voted 21-20 to split up Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. What happened was unbelievable.

55.  The Antitrust Revolution Has Found Its Leader  

2021-06-17


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View In: Matt Stoler
22 Republicans chose to oppose big tech, cross the aisle and vote to confirm anti-trust progressive Lina Khan to the FTC. Biden then made her chair. Wall Street is nervous.

56.  Why Joe Biden Punched Big Pharma in the Nose Over Covid Vaccines  

2021-05-09


Big by Matt Stoller
View In: Vaccine Patent Waiver
Brilliant article by Matt Stoler tells the reasons why Joe Biden betrayed his big Pharma contributors. The first is because of the economic risk of Covid variants, the second is Russian and Chinese vaccine diplomacy. The third is progressive activism.