So now the antitrust agencies are in court against both Amazon and Google, two companies that make my life better on a weekly, even daily, basis. I sincerely hope that they get clobbered in both cases.
One might ask, why is Amazon such a target? As dominant as it is in online retail, it is not a monopoly. And it is just one of many players in overall retail. Consumers value Amazon and its Prime delivery. A recent Harris/Harvard poll showed that in 2021 the most trusted institution was the U.S. military. Amazon came in second. So why this obsession?
As Robert H. Bork Jr writes, Amazon is a target precisely because it is a consumer-friendly company par excellence: low prices, enormous selection, rapid delivery, combining value from music and movies to hair dryers and outdoor furniture.
Related, on the Google case: