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DOJ and FTC Merger Guidelines Review Builds on Move to Rethink Operating Code of U.S. Economy

Open Markets encourages efforts to create a more fair, safe, and forward looking country.
WASHINGTON -

The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced plans to revise their “merger guidelines” at a joint press conference this afternoon.

This action builds on President Biden’s decision last July to order his administration to abandon the harmful ‘consumer welfare’ philosophy of antimonopoly law imposed by the Reagan Administration in the 1980s. This new process appears to aim to deliver a rethinking of the operating code of the U.S. economy from the past four decades.

In response, Barry Lynn, executive director at Open Markets Institute, issued the following statement:

“Today the DOJ and FTC should begin to orient the U.S. government once again towards liberty and equitable democracy. The government’s antimonopoly guidelines provide a critical statement of how regulators view the nature of power. The Open Markets institute looks forward to working with both the DOJ and FTC to rebuild our economy and society on a more fair, safe, and forward looking foundation.

“Today’s actions also strike a blow against the dangerous forms of faux science that have been used to justify the concentration of power and control over the American political economy. For forty years, this anti-Enlightenment approach to science has blinded enforcers to how monopolists directly threaten freedom of the press and freedom of expression, the security of the nation, the stability of our most basic industrial and financial systems, and the liberty to build better communities, better businesses, and better technologies.

“The American people repeatedly and resoundingly have expressed our fear of private monopoly and our intention to break or neutralize all concentrated private power. We hope today’s meeting marks a first step towards the restoration and strengthening of the true will of the American people as expressed through Congress in the clear language of the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914.”

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The Open Markets Institute works to address threats to our democracy, individual liberties, and our national security from today’s unprecedented levels of corporate concentration and monopoly power. By combining policy, legal, and market structure expertise with sophisticated communications and outreach efforts, Open Markets seeks not only to hold today’s monopolies accountable for abuse of power, but to rebuild an economic system where progress is easier to achieve, because power is far more widely and equitably distributed

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