Best of the Left Podcast : #1217 The monopoly that ate our economy (Amazon)

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Air Date: 10/9/2018

Today we take a look at the monopolistic practices of Amazon with a focus on their effects on labor and wages in America

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Ch. 1: Stacy Mitchell on why it’s time to break up Amazon - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 2-21-18

Amazon is a radically new kind of monopoly that seeks to control all of online commerce. Stacy Mitchell says it’s time for anti-trust action to separate the Amazon Marketplace from Amazon’s own retail operations.

Ch. 2: How Amazon Drives Down Wages - Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-19-18

A video from the Bernie Sanders YouTube channel explaining how Amazon drives down wages

Ch. 3: Monopoly, Monopsony and highly concentrated labor markets - Building Local Power - Air Date 3-22-18

Stacy Mitchell interviews the Roosevelt Institute’s Marshall Steinbaum about why American wages aren’t rising while our economy goes through a strong “recovery.”

Ch. 4: Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks - Democracy Now! - Air Date 9-5-18

Journalist James Bloodworth, who spent a month working undercover as a “picker” in an Amazon order fulfillment center and found workers were urinating in bottles because they were discouraged from taking bathroom breaks.

Ch. 5: Striking Amazon warehouse workers - Belabored (@DissentMag) - Air Date 7-27-18

On Amazon Prime Day warehouse workers around the world took action against the company.

Ch. 6: Amazon Is Hurting Small Businesses -Senator Bernie Sanders - Air Date 9-26-18

Listen to this small business owner who sees firsthand the effect of Amazon's power over our economy. We should all be concerned about Jeff Bezos' greed.

Ch. 7: Neil DeMause on Amazon - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 10-4-18

Where do we have the conversation about the impact of Amazon‘s size, its influence and its values, on community?



Ch. 8: Pushing the needle on universal health care - Zach from Atlanta


Ch. 9: Final comments on why Joe Manchin can help progressives even while being a terrible Democrat







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