Competition is Killing Us: How Big Business is Harming Our Society and Planet - and What To Do About It

Written by:
Michelle Meagher
Narrated by:
Shaheen Khan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2020
6 hours 54 minutes
Brought to you by Penguin.

We live in the age of big companies where rising levels of power are concentrated in the hands of a few. Yet no government or organisation has the power to regulate these titans and hold them to account. We need big companies to share their power and we, the people of the world, need to reclaim it.

In Competition is Killing Us, top business and competition lawyer Michelle Meagher establishes a new framework to control capitalism from the inside in order to make it work for the many and not just the few.

Meagher has spent years campaigning against these multi-billion and trillion dollar mammoths that dominate the market and prioritise shareholder profits over all else; leading to extreme wealth inequality, inhumane conditions for workers and relentless pressure on the environment.

In this revolutionary book, she introduces her wholly-achievable alternative; a fair and comprehensive competition law that limits unfair mergers, enforces accountability and redistributes power through stakeholder governance.

With an afterword by Simon Holmes, Member of the UK 's Competition Appeal Tribunal, Academic Visitor at the Centre for Competition Law and Policy, Oxford University.

© Michelle Meagher 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
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Jean-Guilhem T.

Great book on the rise of modern antitrust and how the field can be reclaimed not only by starting anew but also by going back to its historical roots. It goes very well alongside Tim Wu’s “the curse of bigness”, Z. Teachout’s “break them up” and other writings by thinkers and practitioners who seek to revive Louis Brandeis’ legacy to create a more sustainable future. The focus on how “competition” is misrepresented and why it should be made less central to this renewal is somewhat peculiarly novel and different as are the elements surrounding the author’s personal journey from legal practice to academia. The book might be less “intense” that if it had been written by someone whose entire career had been in academia but this singularity makes it particularly interesting to law students and practitioners interested in finding their voice and the right path to make sure following their vocation doesn’t mean they have to become narrow-minded mercenaries of corporate interest.

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