Return Of The Trustbusters

Will the Obama administration’s actions match its tough talk on antitrust? Asks “The Economist”

The new head of the antitrust division of America’s Department of Justice, Christine Varney, sees Thurman Arnold, a predecessor who took office in 1938, as a model. Arnold’s appointment created an uproar. His book, “The Folklore of Capitalism”, published a year earlier, was widely seen as a satire on the inadequacy of the country’s antitrust laws. He was, in his own words, “responsible for the first sustained programme of antitrust enforcement on a nationwide scale.” This vigorous approach, in Ms Varney’s view, was an important part of “that era’s legacy for modern economic policy”. In other words, Ms Varney means business.


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