Trustbuster

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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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They can do that by adopting a trustbusting mindset, pushing the federal education apparatus to reverse decades of bureaucratization.
In private correspondence, he even recognized the danger trustbusting posed to his reelection: "We are going to enforce the law or die in the attempt.
By the 1920s, antitrust had become only one of several economic policies, and the passion for trustbusting was no longer red hot.
So, given the past, a vow such as James Rill's to conduct a "strong antitrust enforcement program"(32) raises two issues: the merits of the cases themselves, and what those cases imply about the possibility of a return to old-time trustbusting.
For all his trustbusting, he was building a newspaper trust of his