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Over the last forty years our choices have narrowed, our opportunities have shrunk, and our lives have become governed by a handful of very large and very powerful corporations. Through vignettes and case studies, journalist and author David Dayen endeavors to show how these monopolies have transformed our lives, and how we might resist.
Drawing from his new book, Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power, Dayen explains how everything we buy, everywhere we shop, and every service we secure comes from a tiny group of corporations: six major banks control most of our money, four airlines shuttle us around the country,
four three major cell phone providers connect most of our communications, and almost every accessory to heal you if you end up in a hospital comes from one of a handful of large medical suppliers. He asks what it means to live in this new age of monopoly, and invites us to fight for a revival of the trust-busting days of old.
David Dayen is the executive editor of the American Prospect. His work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and more. His first book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, won the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize.
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