Matt Stoller

Matt Stoller is the Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project. He is the author of the Simon and Schuster book Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, which Business Insider called “one of the year’s best books on how to rethink capitalism and improve the economy.” David Cicilline, Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, has called Stoller’s work “an inspiration.” Stoller is a former policy advisor to the Senate Budget Committee.

He also worked for a member of the Financial Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives during the financial crisis. While a staffer, he wrote a provision of law mandating a third party audit of the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending activities. He also helped cut part of a $20 billion subsidy to large financial institutions. His 2012 law review article on the foreclosure crisis, The Housing Crash and the End of American Citizenship, predicted the rise of autocratic political forces, and his 2016 Atlantic article, How the Democrats Killed their Populist Soul, helped inspire the new anti-monopoly movement. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fast Company, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Vice, The American Conservative, and the Baffler. Stoller writes the monopoly-focused newsletter Big with tens of thousands of subscribers, which you can subscribe to here.

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Latest Publications

The Courage to Learn: A Retrospective on Antitrust and Competition Policy During the Obama Administration and Framework for a New Structuralist Approach

Anti-Monopoly Policies & EnforcementCourage to Learn

January 12, 2021 — Economic Liberties’ “The Courage to Learn" lays out a comprehensive antitrust and competition policy agenda for the new Congress and Biden Administration, while making a deeply researched case for breaking from the failed consumer welfare approach.

How To Prevent the Next Social Media-Driven Attack On Democracy—and Avoid a Big Tech Censorship Regime


February 3, 2021 — “How To Prevent the Next Social Media-Driven Attack On Democracy—and Avoid a Big Tech Censorship Regime" explains why confronting the gatekeeping power and corrupt profit motives of social media platforms is key to addressing online extremism.

Addressing Facebook and Google’s Harms Through a Regulated Competition Approach

Anti-Monopoly Policies & EnforcementTech

April 10, 2020 - Economic Liberties latest Working Paper in a series on corporate power, "How to Address Facebook and Google’s Harm Through a Regulated Competition Approach." The paper explains the policy choices that allowed Facebook and Google to develop a business model toxic to democracy and civil rights, and explains how a “regulated competition” approach is necessary to rein in these technology giants.

Understanding Amazon: Making the 21st-Century Gatekeeper Safe for Democracy


July 24, 2020 —“Understanding Amazon: Making the 21st-Century Gatekeeper Safe for Democracy" describes Amazon’s key lines of businesses, demystifies its unfair and abusive behavior, summarizes some of its most pernicious effects, and offers legislative and regulatory proposals to address Amazon’s interlocking harms.

The American Prospect: Remote Control

Independent Business & Entrepreneurship

March 26, 2020 - Economic Liberties' Matt Stoller published an article in the American Prospect about a civil rights lawsuit that helped expose how Comcast grew from a small local company to a monopoly that crushes media diversity.