What are the implications of a few massive firms controlling global industry? Tim Wu endeavors to answer this question by linking together big business, inequality and political extremism in his latest book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age. Wu argues the failure to curb excessive corporate power has led to greater tolerance of inequality and may even engender extreme populism, nationalism and fascism.

Wu’s argument concludes that excessive corporate power poses a great threat to the health of American democracy, just as giant trusts did during the Gilded Age. Wu asserts that we must thus learn from the progressive policies of the past to overcome the consequences of extreme inequality today. Join us and learn from Wu as he discusses the problem of modern massive firms and what America can learn from its past. 

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Tim Wu
Professor, Columbia Law School; Author, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age; Twitter @superwuster
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In Conversation with Alexandra Suich Bass
Senior Correspondent for Politics, Technology and Society, The Economist—Moderator