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TheUnusuallySpecific128 karma

According to some perceptions of "popular opinion", the US economy is becoming more integrated and more dominated by "near monopoly" corporate entities than any time since the break-up of the Bell System. Most of the Bell children have re-merged, tech companies have a stranglehold on many digital goods and services, and the barriers to entry for smaller business to break into critical industries like infrastructure and healthcare have risen rapidly. While most industries are still defined by some amount of competition within their oligopoly, the number of major player seems to be shrinking

Given this, my question has two parts:

1.) Is the above truly an accurate assessment of the current nature of the US economy, or are there less apparent factors at play that are mitigating these monopolistic trends?

2.) Are the actions of the Biden administration going to push the US towards more monopolistic business practices, are we returning to an era of trust-busting, or somewhere in between?

TheUnusuallySpecific6 karma

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