Warren Buffett: America's Folksiest Predator

Dave Dayen's new book "Monopolized" shows how Buffett has normalized monopoly power. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 21 hours ago

Are we reproducing the Chinese Internet in America?

Yes we need protection from TikTok and WeChat. But we also need protection from our own tech giants. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 2 days ago

The Day Big Tech Stopped Being Untouchable

Democracy on Wednesday, Monopoly on Thursday, National Security on Friday. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 8 days ago

Absentee Ownership: How Amazon, Facebook, and Google Ruin Commerce

Amazon's algorithm goes crazy, and Facebook accidentally weaponizes Chinese counterfeiters during the Black Lives Matter protest. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 13 days ago

Counterfeit Capitalism, Food Delivery Apps, and the Attack on Franchising

7-Eleven franchises are the canary in the coal mine. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 18 days ago

A Land of Monopolists: From Portable Toilets to Mixed Martial Arts

Private equity 'roll-ups' hit virtually everything in the economy, from mail sorting software to mixed martial arts to portable toilets to dentists... | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 1 month ago

The End of Private Equity Is Coming

A change by Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia lets ordinary investors put their money into PE. Should they? | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 1 month ago

The Week Big Tech Lost Power

Google, Apple, and Facebook all made missteps or lost important political allies. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 1 month ago

The Week Big Tech Lost Power

Google, Apple, and Facebook all made missteps or lost important political allies. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 1 month ago

The Plan to Make Post-Pandemic Flying Miserable

How the Department of Transportation Is Beginning to Make Post-Pandemic Flying Miserable. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 1 month ago

Corporate Power, Protests and the Breakdown of a Social Contract

How the protests and riots of 2020 reflect a lack of legitimacy in our economic and political institutions. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 2 months ago

On the Spotify-Joe Rogan Deal and the Coming Death of Independent Podcasting

Spotify is trying to do to the open podcast world what Google did to publishers. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 2 months ago

How the Pandemic Is Launching the Era of Online Platform Regulation

As French and Australian enforcers try to get Google and Facebook to pay newspapers, cities crack down on food delivery apps. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 2 months ago

The Federal Reserve Bails Out Boeing, Gives a $3B Subsidy to Carnival

The Federal Reserve just bailed out Boeing, and served as a ventilator for the economy. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 3 months ago

Antitrust After the Coronavirus

The pandemic has clarified a lot about America and the West. Now comes the political reaction. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 3 months ago

Is Private Equity Having Its Minsky Moment?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about how private equity is reacting to the pandemic and the bailouts. PE is heavily indebted, and therefore is at high risk in … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 3 months ago

The New Populist Right Imagines a Post-Pandemic America

How a new conservative thought collective is responding to the pandemic. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 3 months ago

The Cantillon Effect: Why Wall Street Gets a Bailout and You Don't

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to try and explain why the Fed and Congress, while attempting to throw money at everyone, disproportionately tends to aid certain narrow … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 4 months ago

Why Wall Street Gets a Bailout and You Don't

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to try and explain why the Fed and Congress, while attempting to throw money at everyone, disproportionately tends to aid certain narrow … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 4 months ago

How Bad Antitrust Enforcers Kill People

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to offer a few thoughts about why we lack medical supplies, based off an excellent story in the New York Times on a merger of two ventil … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 4 months ago

Stop the Coronavirus Corporate Coup

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. This is a special edition. I need you to take this newsletter and repost it, forward it, and contact anyone you know in politics. Here’s why. Congressional leaders are likely to put a very ugly deal in front of the … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 4 months ago

How important are 'economies of scale' in production and innovation?

How important are 'economies of scale' in production and innovation? | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 5 months ago

An AT&T Lawyer Helped Monopolize Cheerleading and Induce Drug Shortages

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about Debbie Feinstein, the Obama-era head of antitrust enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission responsible for our current … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 5 months ago

The Sprint-T-Mobile Merger: A Jump the Shark Moment for Antitrust?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… I was going to write about the big tech investigation in Congress, but today a New York judge, Victor Marrero, approved the merger between Sprint and T- … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 6 months ago

Will Spotify Ruin Podcasting?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about podcasting, with some observations on how a media market that is far healthier than online publishing functions. But firs … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 6 months ago

Iowa Caucuses, the Blob, and the Democratic Party Cartel

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about my industry, which is Democratic party politics. Also, for those in D.C., I’ll be speaking at Solid State books tonight a … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 6 months ago

CVS Became a Health Care Tyrant

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’ll go over an important story in the New York Times by Ellen Gabler about the giant American drug store chain and health care company CVS. First … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 6 months ago

Free Our Doctors, Engineers, Daycare Workers, Cheer Coaches, etc. from Fear

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… I write a lot about the problem of concentration. Today I have something that you can actually *do* about it. One thing I keep hearing over and over fro … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 6 months ago

Dark Clouds over Facebook

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to discuss some quiet but potentially significant problems hanging over Facebook and the big tech ecosystem in general. The big tech sto … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 6 months ago

The Cheerleading Monopoly Varsity Brands

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about Varsity Brands, the Bain Capital-owned corporation which controls the sport of cheerleading. I love this monopoly because … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 6 months ago

What Is the Point of Economics?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… This morning on Bloomberg TV, I watched a clip of economist Larry Summers making an argument for what to do in the event of a recession. Couched in the … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 7 months ago

Trump's Surprising Embrace of Industrial Policy to Fight China

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about the Trump administration’s surprising rejection of the traditional Republican free market orthodoxy. He is embracing a mo … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 7 months ago

The Coming Boeing Collapse

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about the way Boeing does accounting, and how the corporation has been hiding its costs. But first, newsletter housekeeping. Th … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 7 months ago

Google's Dangerous Monopoly-Based Foreign Policy

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about Google’s exceptionally dangerous decision yesterday to de facto cut off Turkey’s access to Android phones. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 7 months ago

Google's Dangerous Monopoly-Based Foreign Policy

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about Google’s exceptionally dangerous decision yesterday to de facto cut off Turkey’s access to Android phones. | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 7 months ago

On the Tragedy of Paul Volcker

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to do a quick recap of Paul Volcker’s life. Volcker, who died yesterday, was one of the most important men in finance in the last fifty … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 8 months ago

Why Taxpayers Pay McKinsey $3M a Year for Advice from Fresh College Grads

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… A few days ago, Ian MacDougall came out with a New York Times/ProPublica piece on how consulting giant McKinsey structured Trump immigration policy. Lot … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 8 months ago

Did Economists Stop Congress from Ending Prison Rape?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I have a treat for you, an issue of BIG written by an anonymous government lawyer buried deep in the bowels of American bureaucracy. One of the re … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 8 months ago

The Qualcomm Case: Why China Uses U.S. Technology Americans Are Locked Out Of

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… You’ve probably noticed that BIG newsletters have dropped in frequency, that’s because I’m working on a few longer form stories and a new project I’ll a … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 8 months ago

Google, Fitbit, Banking: Big Tech's Bust Out?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today’s issue will be short, and it’s on why we’re seeing merger activity and expansion by big tech in spite of antitrust scrutiny. I also have a short … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 8 months ago

Copyright, Antitrust, and Disney's Monopoly

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Last week I wrote about the case for breaking up Disney. Today I’m going to discuss how Disney uses copyright law to monopolize markets, and why the pol … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 9 months ago

What Is a Billionaire?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Lots of billionaire news flow this week. Bill Gates sort of criticized Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax, and Warren unveiled a simple calculator to mock hi … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 9 months ago

It’s Time to Break Up Disney: Part One

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about how we should break up Disney, the massive media conglomerate that dominates the film and entertainment business. This is … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 9 months ago

How Autocracy Comes to America: Big Tech and National Security

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about a very dangerous theme floating around in military and big tech circles, which is that big American tech monopolies are g … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 9 months ago

U.S. Procurement Won the Civil War, Today It Would Lose a War to China

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today’s issue is written by two government procurement experts (and readers of BIG). One is an anonymous currently practicing government contracting off … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 9 months ago

Joe Biden Empowered China's Censorship of the NBA

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today’s issue is about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) just censored a Houston Rockets basketball executive, and why this move blew up into a geop … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 10 months ago

Bill Clinton and American Financiers Armed China

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… It’s the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, which Xi Jinping is celebrating with aggressive rhetoric and a militaristic display of his … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 10 months ago

Would an Elizabeth Warren Win Crash the Stock Market?

Hi, Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly. If you’d like to sign up, you can do so here. Or just read on… Today I’m going to write about a topic that continues to get chatter both on the campaign trail and on CNBC/Bloomberg, which is the performance of the s … | Continue reading


@mattstoller.substack.com | 10 months ago