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The Octopus and Its Grandchildren

When an 1882 cartoon in San Francisco’s Wasp newspaper depicted the Southern Pacific Railroad as an octopus with the whole state of California in its far-reaching tentacles, it launched an…

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Killing the Competition

How the new monopolies are destroying open markets

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Too Big to Burn

AIG plays God in a man-made firestorm

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End of the Road

After Detroit, the wreck of an American dream

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Shipping Out

On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise

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January 1996

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