Call in the Trustbusters.
Written by R. Foroohar
During the buildup to mergers and acquisitions, companies almost always claim that the
merger will lead to increased productivity, lower costs, and lower prices for consumers.
However, she argues, with mega-mergers typically comes monopoly power. Companies then
have increased control over the industry and end up charging more to suppliers, vendors, and
Our present antitrust system fails to preserve markets. The 1980s and 1990s were an era of
“bigger is better”. There was little push from Democrats to enforce antitrust laws preventing
companies from becoming too big and instead focused more on regulating them once they
became big. Now, we have a marketplace filled with large companies that are not easy to