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The New Meat Monopoly: The Animal, The Farmer, and You in the New Age of Global Giants

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 9:30am
A generation ago, the business of raising animals for food in America looked much like it had at the Founding - family farms, open and competitive markets, high standards, and a self sustaining national economy. Today, vast corporations rule almost every corner of the animal agriculture landscape, and these giants are increasingly controlled from foreign capitals. Some economists argue in favor of this new order of things, mainly claiming it is more “efficient.” But there’s also growing evidence that this top-down system can harm the wellbeing of animals, the farmer, and the eater.

Smart Cities

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 6:00pm

In an era of mass urbanization and technological ubiquity, what happens when computers take over the city? Urban planning expert Anthony Townsend explores this and other questions in a new book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia. Townsend’s work takes a broad look at the people and historical forces that have transformed the design of cities and information technologies.

Big Beer Blitzes America: Is Anheuser-Busch Too Powerful?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:15pm

Two companies – Anheuser-Busch Inbev and MillerCoors – together control 90 percent of the U.S. beer market. And they still seek more — Anheuser-Busch now wants to buy out all of Mexico’s Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona.

Is it Time to Re-Regulate America's Broken Airline System?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 9:30am

America's air transport system is losing altitude fast. Even with the economy growing again, airlines continue to slash service. Worse, industry leaders warn higher fares and more cuts lie ahead. The effects are real. And they are increasingly unfair, as they affect some regions far more than others. In heartland cities like St.

Defining Resilience

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 9:30am

The ability to bounce back, to absorb shocks, to persevere, to retain functionality over time, to endure, to adapt, to succeed, to survive, to sustain...

Al Qaeda and Its Affiliates

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 8:30am

At this day-long National Security Studies Program conference, the experts listed below assessed the durability, vulnerability, and threat posed by al Qaeda and its affiliates, ten years after 9/11.

Are Monopolies Destroying America?

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 12:00pm

Most of our public debates about globalization, competitiveness, creative destruction, and risky finance are nothing more than a cover for the widespread consolidation of power in nearly every imaginable sector of the American economy, argues Barry C. Lynn in Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction. As regulation over monopolies has eased, the people who control these corporations have gained the power to govern our economy, our democracy, and our lives.

Who Broke America's Job Machine?

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 12:15pm

On March 4, New America’s Phil Longman and Barry C. Lynn explored why job growth has stalled in the United States over the last decade. The event was based on the cover story in the current issue of the Washington Monthly, in which Longman and Lynn point to corporate consolidation as the major factor in job growth stagnation, brought on by decades of weak antitrust enforcement in Washington.

Cornered

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 5:30pm

On January 27, the New America Foundation hosted a reception with Barry C. Lynn, who discussed his new book Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and The Economics of Destruction. Lynn, Director of the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative at New America, laid out the central thesis of his book: since 1981, the political economy of the United States has undergone a profound but largely-unnoticed monopolization. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that America is the ultimate competitive capitalist society, Lynn argued that the U.S.

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