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Matt Stoller
Hi. I work at the American Economic Liberties Project. Also, I wrote the book Goliath, and I write a monopoly-focused newsletter BIG:
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David Dayen 47m
Why? The Controlled Substances Act grants the executive branch authority to maintain a list of controlled substances. Through that process, drugs can be descheduled. Why do people think implementing laws, literally the job description of the president, is authoritarian?
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Matt Stoller 4h
This piece on a new potential political coalition for Democrats in the small business world is very much worth reading.
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Matt Stoller 4h
Replying to @kosh_1
He's not saying it's lacking its revolutionary hope and purpose, he's saying that it's the same thinking but that the prediction of a class-based overthrow just... didn't happen. It's not that Marxists got bummed out, they just turned their revolution to a different direction.
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Columbia Law School Dec 3
Meet Professor , one of the newest members of Columbia Law’s faculty and a leading voice in the antitrust movement that aims to combat Big Tech’s monopolistic practices.
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Matt Stoller 5h
Not at all. I think we should extend R-P to services for precisely this reason.
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Matt Stoller 5h
Replying to @matthewstoller
It's why most of the demands of the activist left are as amorphous as the pledge from the Biden administration to restore the soul of America. These are not political claims rooted in a view of a good society, they are not a political agenda, because politics cannot exist.
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Matt Stoller 5h
Replying to @matthewstoller
All of the excuses, from money in politics to political betrayal, are the point. Better things aren't possible because politics as a means of self-government doesn't exist, cannot exist. We are defined by either production or oppression, not agency.
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Matt Stoller 5h
Replying to @matthewstoller
I got an email today with a line that really struck me. "Where leaders embrace rationales for learned helplessness, and punish those who think better things are possible." The lack of curiosity is the point. It's not corruption, it's deeper.
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Matt Stoller 5h
Replying to @matthewstoller
There's a romantic utopianism, whether it's that of 'technology and globalization' or 'global class struggle,' but it can never be achieved without more bureaucratic ordering because the bureaucratic ordering is the point. The goal is constant endless constant revolution.
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Matt Stoller 5h
Replying to @matthewstoller
Economic equality on the progressive side isn't about liberating the person to be free and it's not about guaranteeing political equality, which is actually the root American tradition of egalitarianism. It's about creating not equality but sameness.
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Matt Stoller 6h
Replying to @matthewstoller
The disinterest in power or governing is pathological, a result of refusing to see the problem of politics as mediating conflict among free individuals without excessive intrusion into their sphere of liberty, which has a spiritual root.
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Matt Stoller 6h
I think a core problem with the left/Dems is discomfort with the idea of a person as a spiritual being with innate dignity. We define the person as an instrument of production or as an object encrusted with oppression. It's a rejection of the Enlightenment project.
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Matt Stoller 6h
Right but the price discrimination is happening in the sale of the service, not the good. R-P is about the use of price discrimination in goods to monopolize.
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Matt Stoller 7h
That's where I get hung up too. I don't see how you get out of the service box.
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Matt Stoller 7h
Replying to @matthewstoller
I'm following six basic agencies for appointments, and USTR is one of them. (USTR, OIRA, DOD acquisitions and sustainment, Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, DOJ Antitrust, and FTC). These are huge red flags.
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Matt Stoller 7h
If Biden goes in this direction for trade policy, putting two Amazon staffers and Wyden's corrupt staffer Jamie White at the United States Trade Rep office, Biden will be undermining his own ability to govern. Catastrophe.
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Matt Stoller 8h
Replying to @telecomsense
I know how interchange fees transfer wealth, what I don't see is how merchants offer different prices. It seems here that merchants offer the *same* prices on goods to customers, and then customers are paid via the credit card networks.
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Josh Hawley 9h
I will gladly work w/ and anyone else who wants to help working families. Families and working people in need should be the FIRST consideration in COVID relief, not last
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Jonathan Lee 9h
Antitrust Q: Would Amex case have been better if plaintiffs also alleged that the Amex, et al., "no steering" agreements were per se illegal b/c they compelled merchants to violate the R-P Act prohibitions on offering different prices/terms to like customers for like goods?
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Matt Stoller 9h
Replying to @telecomsense
Interesting question. What proffered terms by merchants would be different?
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