Break 'Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money
"[We need] a grassroots, bottom-up movement that understands thechallenge in front of us, and then organizes against monopoly powerin communities across this country. This book is a blueprint forthat organizing. In these pages, you will learn how monopolies andoligopolies have taken over almost every aspect of American life,and you will also learn about what can be done to stop that trendbefore it is too late."—From the foreword by Bernie Sanders.A passionate attack on the monopolies that arethrottling American democracy.Every facet of American life is being overtaken by big platformmonopolists like Facebook, Google, and Bayer (which has merged withthe former agricultural giant Monsanto), resulting in a greaterconcentration of wealth and power than we've seen since the GildedAge. They are evolving into political entities that often have moreinfluence than the actual government, bending state and federallegislatures to their will and even creating arbitration courtsthat circumvent the US justice system. How can we recover ourfreedom from these giants? Anti-corruption scholar and activistZephyr Teachout has the answer: Break 'Em Up.This book is a clarion call for liberals and leftists looking tofind a common cause. Teachout makes a compelling case thatmonopolies are the root cause of many of the issues that today'sprogressives care about; they drive economic inequality, harm theplanet, limit the political power of average citizens, andhistorically-disenfranchised groups bear the brunt of theirshameful and irresponsible business practices. In order to build abetter future, we must eradicate monopolies from the private sectorand create new safeguards that prevent new ones from seizingpower.Through her expert analysis of monopolies in several sectors andtheir impact on courts, journalism, inequality, and politics,Teachout offers a concrete path toward thwarting these enemies ofworking Americans and reclaiming our democracy before it's toolate.