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BRIA 23 1 Free Markets and Antitrust Law

Bill of Rights in Action
Spring 2007 (Volume 23, No. 1)

Free Markets and Antitrust Law

This special expanded edition of Bill of Rights in Action looks at issues related to antitrust and the free market. The first article examines the ideas of Adam Smith, whose classic book The Wealth of Nations set forth the philosophy of free-market economics. The second article explores the era of trustbusting at the beginning of the 20th century and examines how three presidents of the period (Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson) approached the problem of monopolies. The third article examines the development of modern antitrust law. The final article looks at media mergers and the recent controversy that erupted when the Federal Communications Commission tried to loosen it ownership rules for broadcast media.

This special edition was made possible with a grant from the California Vitamin Cases Consumer Settlement Fund of the American Antitrust Institute.

World History: Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations

U.S. History: Progressives and the Era of Trustbusting

Economics: The Development of Antitrust Enforcement

Current Issues: Media Mergers and the Public Interest

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Officers: Hon. John A. Kronstadt, President; Publications Committee: Marvin S. Sears, Chairperson;  Katrina M. Dewey, Marshall P. Horowitz, Dian Ogilvie, Peter I. Ostroff,  Thomas E Patterson, Patrick Rogan, Peggy Saferstein, Paul W.A. Severin, K. Eugene Shutler, Gail Midgal Title, Russell C. Swartz, Douglas A. Thompson, Lois D. Thompson, Carlton Varner. Staff: Todd Clark, Executive Director; Marshall L. Croddy, Director of Programs; Carlton Martz, Writer; Bill Hayes, Editor; Andrew Costly, Senior Publications Manager; Carlton Varner,CRF Board Reviewer.

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