Tim Wu

presents

The Curse of Bigness:
Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

in conversation with LAWRENCE LESSIG

This event includes a book signing

Date

Nov
29
Thursday
November 29, 2018
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes TIM WU—policy advocate, Columbia Law School professor, and opinion writer for the New York Times—for a discussion of his latest book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. He will be joined in conversation by Harvard Law School professor LAWRENCE LESSIG.

About The Curse of Bigness

We live in an age of extreme corporate concentration, in which global industries are controlled by just a few giant firms—big banks, big pharma, and big tech, just to name a few. But concern over what Louis Brandeis called the "curse of bigness" can no longer remain the province of specialist lawyers and economists, for it has spilled over into policy and politics, even threatening democracy itself. History suggests that tolerance of inequality and failing to control excessive corporate power may prompt the rise of populism, nationalism, extremist politicians, and fascist regimes. In short, as Wu warns, we are in grave danger of repeating the signature errors of the twentieth century.

In The Curse of Bigness, Columbia professor Tim Wu tells of how figures like Brandeis and Theodore Roosevelt first confronted the democratic threats posed by the great trusts of the Gilded Age—but the lessons of the Progressive Era were forgotten in the last 40 years. He calls for recovering the lost tenets of the trustbusting age as part of a broader revival of American progressive ideas as we confront the fallout of persistent and extreme economic inequality.

Praise

"In this short but persuasive book, Wu (The Attention Merchants) connects the current political climate to a decline in antitrust enforcement . . . The book’s brevity is an asset—Wu skillfully avoids economic and legal rabbit holes, keeping the book laser-focused on his thesis: that antitrust enforcement must be restored “as a check on power as necessary in a functioning democracy before it’s too late.” Persuasive and brilliantly written, the book is especially timely given the rise of trillion-dollar tech companies." —Publishers Weekly

Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to his current stint at Harvard, he was a professor at Stanford Law School and the founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. The author of The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, he is a founding member of the Creative Commons project. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and Yale Law School, he has clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tim Wu
Tim Wu

Tim Wu

Tim Wu is the author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. He is a policy advocate, a professor at Columbia Law School and an opinion writer for The New York Times. He is best known for coining the phrase "net neutrality." He has served as a Senior Advisor to the Federal Trade Commission; was a senior enforcement counsel and special advisor at the New York Office of the Attorney General; and was a member of President Obama's National Economic Council, where he worked on competition policy. His previous books are The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires and The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside our Heads.

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