Former Obama Staffer Talks Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

Business behemoths Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple might help us keep costs down but do they take away our freedom, and what can we do about it?

Roxanne recently sat down with technology law expert and professor Tim Wu at his Columbia University office in New York City to discuss his latest book The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age which examines the history of antitrust actions in the 20th century, making the argument that breaking up today’s largest high-tech titans would be good for business as well as our democracy.

Roxanne says, “in the short, persuasive, provocative, and historically grounded book, Tim shows us how allowing unrestricted growth of concentrated private power can feed an appetite for nationalist and even extremist leadership.”

 

 

1 Comment

  • Sue McCallister Posted February 26, 2019 11:34 pm

    Roxanne, the one thing I think you miss about Amazon is that, at least for me, price was not the driver.It was ease of use. One of the main concepts of sales is making it easy for people to buy. It is not unusual for me to go to a site for some product and after looking at all the rigmaroll to complete the purchase I think, “Does Amazon have this?” If they do, boom , one click and the purchase is made! Even before one-click back in the late 90’s it was just easy to use. Love your podcast. Your personality is so great!

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