Survey: Small Businesses Rank Monopoly Power as Top Threat

Survey: Small Businesses Rank Monopoly Power as Top Threat

MARCH 30, 2022

We surveyed over 900 small, independent businesses across the U.S. and asked about the challenges they face and the policies they believe would improve their survival. Topping the list of threats were three issues that all have to do with concentrated market power and monopolistic tactics — competitors strongarming suppliers, Amazon’s control over the online marketplace, and big competitors selling goods and services below cost.

The policies that topped the list included breaking up Amazon and ending corporate subsidies and tax breaks. Read the 2022 Independent Business Survey: Top Challenges and Policy Priorities. We also asked a subset of Amazon sellers about their experiences — check out the Snapshot of Amazon Marketplace Sellers.


We Need a Popular Front to Overthrow Corporate Rule. Small Businesses Are Key.

MARCH 24, 2022

For more than 40 years, public policy has actively encouraged the growth of megacorporations whose power threatens to eclipse that of government itself. Yet today’s growing antimonopoly movement offers a promising path for uniting small businesses with workers and building the political will for change. In a feature article for The Forge, Stacy Mitchell charts the course for seizing this moment — including deep, strategic organizing of small business, a pro-small business policy agenda, and effective small business messaging. These steps and more will build a “broad popular front capable of generating enough political will in Washington for policymakers to act.” Read the article here.

Statement on the Prohibiting Anticompetitive Mergers Act

MARCH 16, 2022

de5388f0-c56e-45f8-29b4-b15778c301f7.pngOn March 16th, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Mondaire Jones (NY-17) introduced the Prohibiting Anticompetitive Mergers Act of 2022. This legislation would prohibit mega-mergers, and give the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice new tools to undo past mergers that violate antitrust law. In a statement, Stacy Mitchell said the bill “would put a stop to the avalanche of harmful mergers now underway and safeguard workers, independent businesses, and communities.” Read the full statement here.

  • In a Q&A with The Editorial Board, Stacy talked about Biden becoming a trustbuster. “Exploitation, coercion and extraction are the primary characteristics of our economy today,” she said. “It’s exactly why we need to resurrect antitrust.”

In ILSR’s latest issue brief, Handcuffed by the Courts: How Judges Broke Our Monopoly Laws and What Congress Must do to Repair Them, Senior Researcher and Writer Ron Knox traverses the history of Supreme Court cases that upended U.S. antitrust laws and argues that Congress must take action to undo decades of bad judicial decisions. Read the issue brief.


  • The Seattle Times editorial board argues that, despite tech giants’ relentless campaigning, lawmakers must continue to support legislation that ensures fair competition and protects small businesses.
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