Elizabeth Warren: The New Monopolies Are Destroying Our Economy and Democracy

Elizabeth Warren: The New Monopolies Are Destroying Our Economy and Democracy

Elizabeth Warren: The New Monopolies Are Destroying Our Economy and Democracy

George Zornick speaks to the senator, David Dayen on Warren Buffett, and Katha Pollitt on Trump and women.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to make the fight against monopoly power in America a key part of the Democrats’ agenda; George Zornick reports on his interview with her for the magazine’s special issue on the topic.

Also, Warren Buffett’s secret: “The sage of Omaha” is America’s favorite tycoon. He supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for president; even Bernie Sanders has praised his unselfishness. But David Dayen says Warren Buffett’s wealth has actually been built on monopoly power—and the unfair advantages it provides.

Plus: Trump and that white working-class woman who voted for him. Is she “stupid,” “gullible,” and “turned on by Trump’s bigotry”? Katha Pollitt comments on Renee Elliott, the laid-off worker at that Carrier plant in Indiana—her recent speech at a labor-group press conference made her the face of the white working-class Trump voter.

 

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