Opponents of the decades-long trend of corporate consolidation applauded President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s reported decision to nominate Columbia Law School professor and \u0022antitrust trailblazer\u0022 Lina Khan to a seat on the five-member Federal Trade Commission, a key regulatory agency tasked with protecting consumers from business abuses.First reported by Politico Tuesday morning, Biden\u0026#039;s selection of Khan for the FTC slot comes days after the president named Tim Wu—another leading monopoly critic who coined the term \u0022net neutrality\u0022—to a spot on the National Economic Council, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.\u0022Lina Khan going to the FTC and Tim Wu going to the White House are two extraordinary, powerful choices by Biden,\u0022 said Zephyr Teachout, an associate professor of law at Fordham University. \u0022Lina is brilliant, kind, careful, and original, with nerves of steel. I am so happy for our country.\u0022\u0022One last thing to highlight: antitrust is not just about Big Tech,\u0022 Teachout added. \u0022It\u0026#039;s ag[riculture] and hospitals. It\u0026#039;s about democratic/economic policy broadly. About how private power is dispersed or centralized. Khan and Wu are not \u0026#039;tech critics,\u0026#039; they are visionary anti-monopolists across the board.\u0022Exactly. This is a major turning point moment. https://t.co/0HzPfl1yeg— Zephyr Teachout (@ZephyrTeachout) March 9, 2021Prior to serving as counsel to the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law during its year and a half-long investigation of the digital marketplace, Khan rose to prominence as a critic of corporate concentration following the 2017 publication of her paper titled \u0022Amazon\u0026#039;s Antitrust Paradox,\u0022 which criticized the failure of current antitrust law to restrain the tech behemoth\u0026#039;s anti-competitive practices.In a 2018 profile, the New York Times characterized Khan\u0026#039;s article—published when she was a student at Yale University—as a challenge to \u0022decades of monopoly law.\u0022\u0022We applaud President Biden for recognizing that Lina Khan is a once-in-a-generation legal mind,\u0022 Sarah Miller, executive director of the American Economic Liberties Project, said in a statement Tuesday.\u0022Professor Khan is the intellectual architect of the bipartisan suits against Facebook and Google,\u0022 Miller continued. \u0022She has exposed the dangerous concentration of power in the meat industry. She\u0026#039;s identified key national security concerns posed by our concentrated supply chains. And she has written thoughtfully about all of the tools the government should bring to bear to advance the interests of working people, smaller businesses, and local communities.\u0022Lina Khan basically singlehandedly reinvigorated antitrust law as an academic. Then, at @HouseJudiciary, she laid out road map for breaking up Big Tech. Now, she’ll have the power of the FTC at her disposal.This is massive. https://t.co/y6szK6H6fE— Zach Fisch (@ZachFisch) March 9, 2021Politico noted Tuesday morning that Biden\u0026#039;s decision to elevate Khan and Wu to prominent government positions \u0022represents a massive shift in philosophy away from the era of Barack Obama, who proudly forged an alliance between the Democratic Party and Big Tech.\u0022Joining the chorus of applause, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) said Tuesday that \u0022there is no possible better pick for FTC than Lina Khan.\u0022\u0022She is a thought leader and the embodiment of the modern antitrust movement,\u0022 the group added. \u0022Big move.\u0022Justice Democrats, a progressive advocacy organization, offered similar praise for Biden\u0026#039;s decision to nominate Khan, which has not yet been formally announced.\u0022This is a major progressive pick by the Biden administration to check the concentration of corporate power and uplift working families,\u0022 the group tweeted.