Ron Knox

Ron Knox has covered antitrust and monopoly power for the past decade. He is currently deputy publisher of Global Competition Review, an antitrust journal and news service, and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Slate, and elsewhere. 

Recent Articles

Monopolies, Trump, the Border, and Fascism

Concentrated corporate giants like Amazon and the private prison duopoly are sustaining Trump’s cruelties in the migrant camps.

There has long been a symbiotic relationship between fascism and corporate monopoly. In the 1930s and '40s, industrial monopolists helped fascism thrive in Nazi Germany once Hitler was appointed chancellor, most notably when German chemical conglomerate IG Farben partnered with Nazis to fund the Reich’s war effort and carry out the Holocaust. Like other large business interests, IG Farben initially resisted Nazification, but came to see it as essential to its continued success. Once on board, IG Farben used Jewish slave labor from concentration camps, then manufactured poison gas then used to murder those same Jews across Europe. Antitrust scholar and author of The Curse of Bigness Tim Wu and other scholars have warned that monopoly helped bolster and buttress fascism once, and it could happen again. Now, in the American concentration camps along the U.S.-Mexico border and elsewhere, those warnings are proving true. To carry out its broad internment program, the Trump...

A Democrat Tries to Pull Off a Kansas Miracle

With Republican Representative Mike Pompeo gone to the CIA, Democrat James Thompson is hoping for the upset of all upsets in Tuesday's special election in Wichita.

(Photo: AP/Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
It’s just after three in the afternoon on the Tuesday before Election Day, and James Thompson is in a gray Dodge truck driving away from the studios of yet another radio station. This time, the station was La Raza, a Spanish-language broadcaster that serves Wichita, Kansas, and its environs. For the past three months, the radio station spots, town halls, meet-and-greets, and debates have consumed Thompson’s days—now 12 to 15 hours long—as he attempts what folks here assume is the impossible: delivering one of the most solidly conservative congressional districts in the country to the Democrats. This coming Tuesday, Thompson will be the first Democrat to test the political waters of a federal election since Donald Trump won the presidency five months ago. He is vying to represent Kansas’s Fourth Congressional District, a seat Representative Mike Pompeo held until Trump drafted him to head the CIA earlier this year. The seat has been in Republican hands for...