Lynn was a scholar for the New America Institute, a Clinton-era think tank meant to stand against conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation. There, Lynn developed a strong case against monopolies and their control over politics.
Monopolies, by their nature, see their first job as maintaining their own status, and the monopoly “rents” they obtain from consumers as a result. AT&T is a great example of such a monopoly. They create a whole raft of political front groups, which chime in whenever the company starts making political demands, on a state or federal level, even before courts. The original name for this site was based on my support of a 2005 book by Bruce Kushnick detailing this.
Here is what I have learned since then.
All business trends toward monopoly. We have known this for over a century. This is because monopolists create efficiency. Standard Oil lowered costs and made oil production “cleaner” than it had been in the Wild West Days of the industry, the late 1860s, when drillers filled old whiskey barrels with the product, loaded up horse-drawn carriages, and whipped those poor horses down mud to small refiners. By contrast, the Standard delivered product efficiently, via pipeline, to large refineries and delivery systems that could invest in creating many different products from it, then ship the results around the world.