The FTC's Veneer of Democracy is Fading

The FTC's Veneer of Democracy is Fading
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The Federal Trade Commission, with Chairwoman Lina Khan at the helm, is taking a hard stance against America’s largest companies — at the cost of discourse and debate.

Chairwoman Khan and her colleagues are trying to change antitrust laws by decree, not merit. This Neo-Brandeisian push for reform seeks to end the 40-year “failed” experiment that championed consumer welfare. If successful, they will re-imagine antitrust law as Louis Brandeis saw it — a tool for broader social and economic issues — while, ironically, abandoning the ideals he cared for the most. 

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