Tag: monopoly

Background Briefing: September 26, 2023


Biden Sides With Workers on the Picket Line

We begin with the first American president to join striking workers on the picket line in Detroit today where Biden made an impassioned speech in favor of workers getting a fair deal and a decent wage in an economy in which CEOs are paid hundreds of times more than the UAW workers who made sacrifices in 2009 but have not reaped any reward from the record profits the Big Three are now enjoying. Joining us is Alexander Sammon, a politics writer at Slate who has previously written for Mother Jones, The New Republic and the American Prospect. His latest article at Slate is “Bidenomics on the Line: The autoworkers strike gives the president a chance to atone for 30 years of Democratic sins.”


The FTC’s Antitrust Suit Against Amazon Which 17 States Are Joining In

Then we look into the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust suit against Amazon that 17 states are joining in as the $1.3 trillion behemoth that generates more than $500 billion a year in revenues functions as a gatekeeper for e-commerce. Joining us is Barry Lynn, the Executive Director of the Open Markets Institute who previously spent 15 years at the New America Foundation researching and writing about monopoly power. He is author of  Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destructionand End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation, and his latest book is Liberty from All Masters: The New American Autocracy vs. the Will of the People.


Why Is Trump So Afraid of General Milley and Cassidy Hutchison?

Then finally, with Trump calling for the execution of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we explore why Trump is so afraid of those who have seen this incompetent fool up close and personal as General Milley has as well as Cassidy Hutchison who reveal more insanity and chaos in her new book “Enough.” Joining us is Eric Levitz, who writes for New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer where his latest article is “Trump Wants His Enemies to Fear for Their Lives.”