Markets, Enterprise
and Resiliency Initiative

Reestablishing America’s political economy on a more stable and fair foundation

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The Folks Who Sell Your Corn Flakes are Acting Like Goldman Sachs—and That Should Worry You

Over the last decade, some of the world’s biggest traditional traders in grains, oil, and metals have quietly taken on many attributes of banks—running billion-dollar hedge funds, launching private equity arms, and selling derivatives to clients. Lina Khan explains how this exposes our markets for essential goods to price manipulation, and weakens recent efforts by officials to rein in similar games by Wall Street.

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New York's Looming Food Disaster

When Superstorm Sandy pummeled New York last fall, it revealed the terrifying potential for sudden food shortages. Siddhartha Mahanta traces this threat to the lean supply chains and logistics systems private distribution companies now run, explaining how we got here.

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Estates of Mind

The masters of America’s biggest technological corporations increasingly enjoy the power to speed the rollout of technologies that favor capital and to slow those that disfavor their own private interests, Barry C. Lynn writes. We should force them to compete more and open up their patent vaults.

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Terminal Sickness

A thirty-year-old policy of deregulation is slowly killing America's airline system - and taking down Cincinnati, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis with it. Phillip Longman and Lina Khan report on how the business decisions of a few airlines now threaten the economic vitality of heartland America.

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Obama's Game of Chicken

Two years ago the administration launched an assault on the giant meat and dairy processing companies that dominate rural America. Then, it retreated in silence. Read the untold story of how officials balked, allowing companies to keep bullying farmers and leave them powerless, penniless, and afraid.

From "Citizens" to "Consumers"

Since 1776, our self-conception as citizens helped us guard against the threat of concentrated power. At Freedom to Connect 2012, Barry C. Lynn explained how an intellectual revolution a generation ago shifted our identity from "citizens" to "consumers." As a result we now embrace of monopoly power -- and cede our rights in the process.

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Policy Papers

Articles and Op-Eds

April 14 | Politico Magazine
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March 05 | The American Prospect
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January 16 | The Weekly Wonk
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About this Initiative

MERI promotes political, industrial, economic, and environmental resilience. We do so by documenting and clarifying the dangers of extreme consolidation, and by fostering discussions of ways to reestablish America’s political economy on a more stable and fair foundation. The Initiative’s work is organized into three main areas, designed specifically to promote:

  1. open markets for our products, ideas, and work;
  2. free and vibrant enterprise and innovation; and
  3. shock-proof industrial and financial systems.

The Initiative is designed to tap into the experience and thinking of real entrepreneurs, engineers, venture capitalists, innovators, business managers, manufacturers, community-oriented bankers, farmers, skilled workers, and other citizens.

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