Tim Wu is an American lawyer, professor at Columbia Law
School, and contributing opinion writer
for The New York
Times. In this episode of the Evolve the Law Podcast, Tim
and host Ian Connett (@QuantumJurist) discuss one
of the biggest threats for American democracy as we know it today:
the rise of legal antitrust enforcement.
- How we arrived at the New Gilded Age – unprecedented levels of
industry concentration across multiple industries.
- Correlating industry concentration to political
- How Tim’Wu’s tenure in Obama White House sparked an interest in
Antitrust – observing increasing wealth concentration like a
growing “hole in ozone lawyer.”
- Why you cannot see, but most certainly feel the ill effects of
weak Antitrust enforcement.
- The heroes of The Curse of Bigness – the legacy of Louis
Brandeis and his vision of an America filled with thriving small
businesses designed to help human beings reached their fullest
- Louis Brandeis as the original “start up” business lawyer.
- On building churches – the churches of Rockefeller and Big
- Teddy Roosevelt as “octopus hunter” – the trust-buster made
- Dissecting The Sherman Act – a broad law
- Being big vs. being big and bad. The crucial question of
- On the possibility of “gentle giants”. Microsoft of the
90s vs. Microsoft of today.
- How Robert Bork helped to bork Antitrust enforcement during the
Reagan years. How that spurred the New Gilded Age.
- Why Big Tech is now beyond ripe for Antitrust
enforcement. Why large tech firms were given a 20 year
- On the fear of “killing the golden goose in the cradle.”
- Facebook as the emblem of The Curse of Bigness?
- How corporate breakups are actually part of a healthy,
technological innovation cycle. See the examples
of Standard Oil and AT&T.
- Why Anti-Trust is not at all Anti-Tech.
- How to get a copy of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New