Comments on: First Gilded Age yielded to Progessives, can today’s? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: SarahTishko Tue, 09 Oct 2012 16:10:26 +0000 “Anti-monopolists are now largely forgotten, but they were powerful in the late 19th century. They included Democrats, Republicans and members of third parties. They attached particular significance to words like security, privilege, independence and opportunity.”

My mother and I recently had a conversation wherein she firmly believed that antitrust action in the U.S. began in the early 80s with US. vs. AT&T. I had to send her backup information that it all began 100+ years ago. We were talking about the 1% and the shrinking middle class. It worries me that people aren’t aware of past struggles the U.S. and world have gone through in the name of spreading “competency” to all. Maybe it is wise to reeducate the public about why unions exist, why child labor laws were passed, and why monopolies aren’t allowed. If everyone only remembered their 8th grade social studies courses, and the anger we felt at the robber barons who exploited lives for personal gain, maybe we would demand change.