POSTPONED: The Monopolist Assault on Entrepreneurs

Searching Jeffersonian Traditions for a Defense of Small Business

**This event has been postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.**


The yeoman tradition—in which the small property owner and the entrepreneur represent an American ideal—inspired many of the nation’s founders, Thomas Jefferson most notably. Yet today, deregulation and a lax interpretation of anti-trust law make it increasingly difficult for small businesses to even access local markets. Mega chains may be ruthlessly efficient in driving down prices, but their near-monopoly positions create tremendous barriers to entry and competition for the modern day yeoman. Meanwhile, corporate conglomeration in a range of fields limits career choices, opportunities and wages even among the professional classes.

Senior fellows Phil Longman, author of the recent New America white paper Yeoman’s Return: Small Scale Ownership and the Next Progressive Era, and Barry C. Lynn, author of Breaking the Chain: The Antitrust Case Against Wal-Mart (Harper's, July 2006), will provide an insightful look at the evolving fate of the iconic “self-made man” and discuss how the principles of the Democratic-Republican party, 200 years after it first came to dominate American politics, offer a roadmap for restoration of a true opportunity society.

Location

New America Foundation
1630 Connecticut Ave, NW 7th Floor
Washington, DC, 20009
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Participants

Featured Speakers
  • Phillip Longman
    Schwartz Senior Fellow
    New America Foundation
  • Barry C. Lynn
    Senior Fellow
    New America Foundation
Moderator
  • Frank Micciche
    Deputy Director, Next Social Contract Initiative
    New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 4:15pm - 5:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036