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On November 5th, Local Power Is on the Line

John Farrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
John Farrell

Will it be another example of how a corporate monopoly buries its political and economic opponents? Or will it be Boulder's shot heard 'round the world of locals taking charge of their energy future?

PHOTOS: Here Are The Monopoly Properties In Real Life

Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts

It's always nice to know where your money's going, even if that money is fictional paper bills used in the beloved board game, Monopoly. A photogra...

Consumers Stand to Lose as CBS Battles Time Warner Cable

Michael J. Copps | Posted 10.20.2013 | Media
Michael J. Copps

Imagine how broadband customers who pay separately for satellite television feel being swept up into this spat. CBS is perpetrating an audacious violation of the FCC Open Internet ("net neutrality") rules.

Time Warner Cable Tone Deaf to Customers During Media Blackout

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.11.2013 | Media
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I don't care whose fault it is. When two multi-billion dollar companies get into a hissy fit about money, then take their punitive actions out against their customers, they are severely tone deaf to the principles of the marketplace. Customers don't like to be the vessels for vitriol between parties who exist in a vaunted state of wealthy corporate cluelessness.

Warning: Time Warner-CBS Clash Points Up Big Trouble Ahead

Sandy Goodman | Posted 10.05.2013 | Media
Sandy Goodman

It's a dispute over dollars, a battle one consumer advocate called "a food fight between two haves at our expense."

Monopoly Gets Rid Of Jail?!

The Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 07.26.2013 | Business

UPDATE: 7:23 p.m. -- The Huffington Post was contacted Thursday night by Nicole Agnello, senior brand manager at Hasbro, who disputed the Wall Street ...

An Economy Working Only for a Few

Mike Lux | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Detroit's bondholder-friendly, worker/retiree-unfriendly bankruptcy tells the story of an economy -- and a society -- where the priorities are completely screwed up. This is not how you build a healthy sustainable economy.

Book Review: The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics, by Rod Hill and Tony Myatt

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

In their entertaining and readable Anti-Textbook, Canadian economists Rod Hill and Tony Myatt first present the conventional models of introductory microeconomics textbooks and then skewer them, drawing on a wide range of resources.

You're Playing Monopoly All Wrong

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business

A typical Monopoly game is meant to last around 60 to 90 minutes. So why does it always take so freakin' long? Because we don’t actually read the...

Civilization Shift

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Large landowners and agribusinesses in the West have been corrupting the county, state, and federal governments. They siphon off billions of dollars of public subsidies while they cannibalize the family farmers and wreck the communities and ecology of rural America.

Is New Technology Destroying Jobs?

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 06.07.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Big corporations, especially big monopolistic corporations, tend to carry labor-saving technology too far. They automate too soon and too much. The reasons are pretty obvious once you think about it.

Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Media
Norman Solomon

We have a profound, far-reaching fight on our hands, at a crossroads leading toward democracy or corporate monopoly. The future of humanity is at stake.

The Monopolists in My Back Yard

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 05.18.2013 | New York
Mary Manning Cleveland

One would think New York City officials would at least require detailed safety studies before allowing the new 30-inch line. Nope!

Jon Stewart Hates Cats

Posted 02.08.2013 | Comedy

Dear Internet, are you sitting down? We have something to tell you that you will not like, but it's best that you heard it from us. Ready? Here goe...

Monopoly: Cat Got Your Iron?

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 04.09.2013 | Weird News
Andrew J. Lederer

Okay, so now there's a cat instead of an iron. This isn't the first time they've changed the game pieces, though doing so flies in the face of the benefits of a monopoly. On Monopoly. One of the foundation board games of human experience. Seems desperate to me.

Catherine New

Iron Industry To Monopoly: We Are Still Hot

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.07.2013 | Small Business

At least one iron maker insisted the industry was still hot on Wednesday after Hasbro announced its plan to drop the iron piece from the Monopoly boar...

Monopoly Piece Faces Death

AP | RODRIQUE NGOWI | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The end is near for the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron in the classic Monopoly game as fans vote Tuesday in the final hours of a co...

The Prophetic Work of Barry Lynn

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Here's a mystery: What connects the following two stories, a column on legal implications of the lithium-ion battery whose failure has grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners and a story on how a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson concealed critical data on a design flaw in a metal hip implant?

The FCC Chief Is Awesome at His Job if You Own a Big Cable Company

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 03.24.2013 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Local businesses get it. Mayors get it. City councils get it. And unlike Chairman Genachowski, they know what the problem is: little incentive for massive, established cable monopolies to invest in networks when they are harvesting record profits and subscribers have no other choices.

LOOK: Monopoly To Change Forever

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — The gig is almost up for one of the eight Monopoly tokens. But which will it be? Iron? Thimble? Top Hat? Or another of their board g...

Monopoly May Never Be The Same Again

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business

Next time you sit down for a game of Monopoly, savor the chance to be the cute little Scottie dog, top hat or thimble -- one of these pieces may soon ...

FTC "Brought Forth a Couple of Mice" in Slapping Google on the Wrist

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

As predicted, the Federal Trade Commission has punted any serious action against Google's monopoly dominance. Worse, it turns out the investigation was so narrow and so perfunctory that it's hard to understand what took 19 months to get such a meager result.

New Year's Fiscal Cliff Hangover

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.01.2013 | Comedy
Randee Mia Berman

Considering the art of rock climbing and sport of cliff scaling, we might have better fiscal sports analysis from ESPN than CNN. We know it's got something to do with debt and taxes. Just what we're not clear.

FTC Punt on Google May Open Way for More Comprehensive Antitrust Probe by DOJ and States

Nathan Newman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Technology
Nathan Newman

If the FTC and European regulators are not yet ready to deal with the ultimate source of Google's economic power, its control of user data, then it may be just as well that any likely settlements in coming months will be limited.

How Walmart Is Devouring Our Food System (Infographic)

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.03.2013 | Home
Stacy Mitchell

Here's a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system -- triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food.