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Reviving Anti-Trust | The Nation

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Christopher Hayes

Christopher Hayes

Nation editor-at-large and host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.

Reviving Anti-Trust

The New York Times has a piece today about the Obama administration's intention to actually enforce anti-trust provisions, a shocking departure from the actions of the last administration.

I just got back from a speech by Christine Varney, the recently confirmed Assistant Attorney General for anti-trust, who gave a remarkably forthright, unapologetic defense of zealous anti-trust enforcement. I'll have more to say about the speech later, which was short on specifics, but unequivocal about the dangers of "too big to fail." But anti-trust has been relegated to a backwater not only in the Bush administration's justice department, but also in our public discourse and in the elite opinion of legal academia. I think (hope!) this morning's speech marked the end of that chapter.

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