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Is Amazon too big for the common good?

Aug 28, 2018


On this edition of Your Call: What should be done about Amazon’s growing market control and political clout?

Analysts expect Amazon to be worth $2.5 trillion by 2024, gaining cloud business and more share of the US retail market than Walmart. Amazon sells books, produces television shows and movies, manages the CIA’s cloud, owns Whole Foods, and so much more. What effect does Amazon's corporate concentration have on communities, livelihoods, and competition?

Guest:

Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Web Resource:

Washington Post: Thousands of Amazon workers receive food stamps. Now Bernie Sanders wants Amazon to pay up.

Institute for Local Self Reliance: Report: Amazon’s Next Frontier: Your City’s Purchasing

The New Food Economy: Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states

The New York Times: How Amazon Steers Shoppers to Its Own Products

The Ringer Covers Tech Monopolies, Cites ILSR in Amazon Section

The Nation: Amazon Doesn’t Just Want to Dominate the Market—It Wants to Become the Market

Open Markets Institute