Sep 7, 2019 • 1HR 13M

The Curse of Bigness

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Ralph welcomes the man who coined the term “net neutrality,” Tim Wu, who talks about how we need to break up concentrated power in Big Tech and other industries. Then, Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored, returns to talk about the state of the media as outlined in his new book “United States of Distraction.”

Tim Wu is Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Columbia Law School. He teaches antitrust, copyright, the media industries and communications law. Back in 2003, he coined the term “net neutrality” in his book Network Neutrality Broadband Discrimination. Professor Wu has written many books on technology and communication, including The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, which warns us about the dangers of excessive corporate and industrial concentration for our economic and political future.

“I think we’re kind of at the end of a forty year experiment of reduced anti-trust laws, (resulting in) unprecedented concentration in the U.S. economy. You’d have to go back to the first Gilded Age to see so many sectors dominated by one firm or two firms. And I think our experiment of un-enforcement has brought many of the dangers we were worried about in the old days, (like) political influence – the fact that Congress will not do so many things that people want.”

Professor Tim Wu, author of “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age”

Mickey Huff is currently professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is co-chair of the history department. He is also the current director of Project Censored, founded in 1976, and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation. His latest book, co-authored with Nolan Higdon is United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It).

“Chuck Todd publically admitted in an interview that he cannot ask his guests tough questions, or else they won’t come back on his program for fear that they will get scooped by other sycophantic establishment networks. So, he basically admitted that the propaganda model is real, alive and well – Herman and Chomsky’s propaganda model. And that he is dictated to from the top by market forces that determine what is legitimate political information for ‘we the people.’”

Mickey Huff, co-author of “United States of Distraction”

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