Break 'em up : recovering our freedom from big ag, big tech, and big money / Zephyr Teachout ; foreword by Bernie Sanders.
- Other Title:
- Break them up
Recovering our freedom from big ag, big tech, and big money
- First edition.
- New York : All Points Books, 2020.
xii, 308 pages ; 22 cm
Corporations -- Moral and ethical aspects.
- "A passionate attack on the monopolies that are throttling American democracy. Every facet of American life is being overtaken by big platform monopolists like Facebook, Google, and Bayer (which has merged with the former agricultural giant Monsanto), resulting in a greater concentration of wealth and power than we've seen since the Gilded Age. They are evolving into political entities that often have more influence than the actual government, bending state and federal legislatures to their will and even creating arbitration courts that circumvent the US justice system. How can we recover our freedom from these giants? Anti-corruption scholar and activist Zephyr Teachout has the answer: Break 'Em Up. This book is a clarion call for liberals and leftists looking to find a common cause. Teachout makes a compelling case that monopolies are the root cause of many of the issues that today's progressives care about; they drive economic inequality, harm the planet, limit the political power of average citizens, and historically-disenfranchised groups bear the brunt of their shameful and irresponsible business practices. In order to build a better future, we must eradicate monopolies from the private sector and create new safeguards that prevent new ones from seizing power. Through her expert analysis of monopolies in several sectors and their impact on courts, journalism, inequality, and politics, Teachout offers a concrete path toward thwarting these enemies of working Americans and reclaiming our democracy before it's too late"-- Provided by publisher.
The chickenization of the American middle class
Big Tech's governmental ambitions
Oh, journalism was murdered? Too bad!
Replacing justice with power
The body snatchers
Race and monopoly power
The wage mystery
The money power
No, you don't have to quit Facebook
We have the tools
Nationalize of decentralize? Big Pharma and the green new deal
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-299) and index.
- Sanders, Bernard, writer of foreword.
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