Bigness in Business

Archive Report

Corporate Size and Federal Antitrust Policy

Postwar Revival of Campaign Against Monopoly

General Belief that concentration of economic power in large corporations is continuing without abatement through the period of postwar prosperity has brought a renewal of the widespread antitrust activity in progress under the Roosevelt administration when the United States entered the war.

Committees of Congress are seeking ways to prevent further expansion of already huge industrial enterprises, while the Department of Justice is attempting through court action under the existing antitrust laws to split giant business combinations into smaller units. The Federal Trade Commission warns that great size in private industry holds a threat to political freedom as well as to economic progress. But the Department of Justice denies that it is trying to enforce ...

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