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Trustbuster

A person or, less commonly, an organization that seeks to break monopolies into several companies or to shut them down entirely in order to encourage competition in the free market. The word is strongly associated with Theodore Roosevelt, the early 20th-century U.S. president who opposed the early industrial monopolies.
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When Roosevelt ignored the threats and moved to file the trust-busting suit, he received a hasty visit from J.
Such an order from the trust-busting agency to a municipality, normally a victim of corporate bid-rigging, is rare, the report said.
We need some good old-fashioned trust-busting, and we're not getting it," says Wellstone.
Professor Elzinga argues for the moral and practical advantages of government intervention in free enterprise--in the form of trust-busting and antimonopoly regulations--but, in doing so, stays in the realm of the thought experiment and pure theory.
From 1969 to 1982, the Justice Department carried on a similar trust-busting crusade against IBM, which had behaved in many ways just like Microsoft.
Utilizing the same trust-busting premise as PDF spam, Excel and ZIP spam succeed because they mimic legitimate correspondence to get more eyes to view the message.
As Masters points out, Spitzer himself has written that the future of the Democratic Party depends on its ability "to promote government as a supporter of free markets, not simply a check on them," and to hew to "a vision consistent with trust-busting and other progressive market measures first enunciated early in the last century by Theodore Roosevelt.
Cheever sees certain similarities between the corporate abuses of today and those that spurred the trust-busting of Theodore Roosevelt a century ago.