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Monopolies

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Duke Energy Goes After Solar in South Carolina

Anne Smart | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Remember your childhood fables? A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. These monopoly utilities disguising themselves as solar advocates are still just monopolies looking out for their bottom lines.

Economic Inequality: When Is Enough Enough?

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While economic disparities plague all of the nations across the planet, nowhere are these disparities more extreme than in the United States, and so I ask, when is enough enough?

It Takes Government to Create Markets: Alex Marshall's The Surprising Design of Market Economies

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Conventional economics wittingly or unwittingly provides cover for the One Percent, by professing that "the market" operates benevolently on its own. Alex Marshall gives us an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-written antidote to this dangerous abstraction.

Lazy Corporate Monopolies Are Why America Can't Have Nice Things

Matt Stoller | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Matt Stoller

What seems to have happened is that American corporate executives are now more focused on financial engineering, which is essentially the extraction of capital from their enterprises and from the public, than they are at selling improved goods and services.

The Arab Spring Has Yet to Focus on Media Freedoms

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.07.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Did the independent media help produce the Arab Spring or did the revolutions succeed in liberating local media in the Arab world?

Future Of Google Digital Library Remains Uncertain

philly.com | Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

It was a glittering dream: A vast worldwide digital library, tens of millions of books all in one easily accessible place . . . named Google....

Questioning Google's Deal With ITA -- as a Former Regulator

Pamela Jones Harbour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pamela Jones Harbour

Google's proposed acquisition of ITA and potential dominance in the online travel market raises substantial questions I would ask as a former antitrust regulator.

Why Greed Is Bad for Capitalism

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nigel Barber

Darwin celebrated the nasty side of life -- brutal competition. Yet, in the struggle for existence he perceived a creative force that produced the ma...

Apple and AT&T: Why Monopolies Make People Mad

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
BJ Gallagher

Whenever you establish a monopoly, you had better make sure that your product or service is perfect- because any glitches or problems will be magnified by customers' feelings of being trapped.

Paul Hawken: The High Cost of Cheap Food (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Paul Hawken eloquently explains how the price of food is divorced from its true costs, and what this really means for society, at large.

When Capitalism Fails -- The Ugly World of Monopolies

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

Monopolies have virtually no competition and can dictate prices to their customers unless they are restricted by regulators. One company that many would call a monopoly is Facebook.

Gov 2.0: Monopolistic Companies and Community

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Government 2.0 is but a tiny shadow of the famed Web 2.0 in terms of size and sheer media power, not to mention search engine inquiries. But it sure must be growing.

Weekly Audit: How Superhero Hilda Solis is Winning the Fight for Workers' Rights

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger While the poor judgment of top-level officials at Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget frequently...

Google And The New Digital Future

The New York Review of Books | Robert Darnton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Robert Darnton The New York Review of Books November 9 is one of those strange dates haunted by history. On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, s...

Why Would We Let Them Rig the Game?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dylan Ratigan

Taxpayer money is being played with by politicians who are desperately trying to protect the competition-stifling, false security of the monopolistic employer-based health care system and its outdated ways.

Conyers Introduces Bill to End Health Insurer's Anti-Trust Exemption

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Dayen

The concentration of the health insurance market among regional monopolies leads to higher costs for consumers, almost by definition.

Big Business Gearing Up to Defend Protectionism Against UN Climate Negotiators

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Weisbrot

It appears that international efforts to slow the pace of worldwide climate disruption could also run up against powerful interests who advocate a "fundamentalist" conception of intellectual property.