Wi2023 Program

Tuesday, February 21, 2023  

7:45 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast Keynote: Chokepoints, Antitrust, Amazon, and You 6ABC, Level 6, Seattle Convention Center

This Winter Institute keynote conversation between Cory Doctorow (co-author of Chokepoint Capitalism) and Stacy Mitchell (Director of the Institute for Local Self Reliance) will explore the threats posed by corporate consolidation, and far-reaching strategies for fighting back. Corporate monopolies are as powerful as ever, making it harder and harder for American small businesses to thrive. The explosive growth of monopolizers like Amazon has implications beyond booksellers, too, impacting creative workers, privacy advocates, the environment, and American labor. But with a new antitrust movement already claiming important victories, incremental progress is being made. Bookstores now have an opportunity for bold action to tell our story and resist corporate consolidation. In this discussion between three leading anti-monopoly thinkers, learn about the risks posed by capitalist chokepoints, and gain strategies for how to fight back.


Speakers: Cory Doctorow, Beacon Press; Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (Minneapolis, MN)


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