Wi2023 Program


Thursday, March 23, 2023  

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Virtual Wi2023 Opening Keynote: Chokepoints, Antitrust, Amazon, and You

Kick off Virtual Wi2023 with a LIVE keynote conversation between Danny Caine (co-owner of the Raven Book Store and author of How to Resist Amazon and Why), Cory Doctorow (co-author of Chokepoint Capitalism), and Stacy Mitchell (Director of the Institute for Local Self Reliance). Together, they 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: Danny Caine, Raven Book Store (Lawrence, Kansas); Cory Doctorow, Beacon Press; Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (Minneapolis, MN)

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