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Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

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A startling look at how concentrated financial power and consumerism transformed American politics, resulting in the emergence of populism and authoritarianism, the fall of the Democratic Party—while also providing the steps needed to create a new democracy.

Americans once had a coherent and clear understanding of political tyranny, one crafted by Thomas Jefferson and update
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Simon Schuster
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Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a "big idea book" (and a big book in general) that traces one thread through American history. This thread is monopoly power. When you tell history myopically like this, you revise history and miss a lot, but that's ok because the point is to just follow one story . So I think there is a lot of missed context in this story and some facts that just aren't right. Still, I think it's a worthwhile read.

To Stoller, there are good guys and bad guys in this story. The good guys: Wright Patman
David Dayen
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You're going to want to get this book for understanding a century of history of American political economy. We're in sort of a strange time right now where aggregate economic statistics do not correspond to daily life, where regional inequality along with income and wealth inequality has spiraled out of control, where there's an implicit sense of wrongness about the way our society is structured. And there are antecedents to other times in America, when robber barons and financiers and private c ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goliath is a fascinating meld of known and forgotten American history, set forth by a guide with strong and clear opinions as to how we arrived at here from there. While both political parties in the United States have largely coalesced around a free-trade, pro-monopoly theory of economic organization, Goliath sternly reminds readers that this modern Washington consensus is at odds with the base, fundamental political values that have shaped the American experiment. At the moment, political comm ...more
Frank Ruscica
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Re: Goliath is a must-read

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Goliath shows that large financial-asset-management firms (i.e., large institutional investors) can be expected to pursue high ROI by $UPPORTING companies that have credible strategies for becoming a monopolist, and/or for leveraging their monopoly. Re: "can be expected": Goliath shows that past protections against monopoly have been rolled back, starting in the 1970s.

2019 book Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud shows that strategies of said kinds can be expected to oft/>/>Summary
David V.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 9-13-19. Finished 9-26-19. Well-researched history of the US economy starting with the Robber Barons of the late 1800's and ending with #45's presidency. It shows the pendulum swinging back and forth between who's running our country: big business or the people. The sub-title is The 1oo-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Populism (not Democracy, as it says above). Almost 100 pages of references and notes. Mr. Stoller names the politicians on each s ...more
Jeff Kaye
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Matt Stoller, the author, is a fellow at the Open Markets Institute which focuses on exposing and reversing the stranglehold that corporate monopolies have on life in the USA. The book is a history of such monopoly power that, because of US hegemony, affects us all. Monopoly power is a threat to us in many areas and one reason why the UK's imminent exit from the EU, which is now working towards limiting the power of monopolies, is so tragic.

Goliath makes us from the 19th Century to
Mark Greenbaum
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The nation and the Democratic Party could use a roadmap to put themselves back on a path of prosperity and success, the stakes being the future of democracy and manageable capitalism. The sense reading this is that Stoller wants to provide that roadmap. I think he has. While he takes some liberties, and abbreviates eras and events, his agonizing history of the slow, inexorable corruption of the United States and the Democratic Party is overwhelming. It's also remarkably readable -- Stoller is ad ...more
Mary Gearing
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
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Very thorough but readable introduction to monopolies - the last chapter discussing the 90s onward and conclusion are especially valuable. I loved learning about Wright Patman and other populist defenders. The contrast of New Deal politics with the Chicago School is so striking and well-explained by Stoller.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Поставил бы пятёрочку, но временами тягомотно.
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