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FREE the Market! Why Only Government Can Keep the Marketplace Competitive

Come to a talk with author Gary Reback '71 sponsored by the Yale Club of Silicon Valley!

Starting about thirty years ago, conservatives forced an overhaul of competition policy that has loosened business rules for everything from selling products to buying competitors.

Gary Reback thinks the changes have gone too far. Today’s competition policies, he argues, were made for the old manufacturing economy of the 1970s. But in a high-tech world, these policies actually slow innovation, hurt consumers, and entrench big companies at the expense of entrepreneurs.

Free the Market! is both a memoir of Reback’s titanic legal battles—involving top companies such as Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and AT&T—and a persuasive argument for measured government intervention in the free market to foster competition. Among the fascinating questions he considers: 

  • Can a company ever compete too hard for the public good?
  • Should policy makers worry more about promoting competition or improving efficiency?
  • Does it help consumers when a manufacturer sets the prices its retailers charge?
  • Should the government do more to stop controversial mergers?
  • At what point does intellectual property protection hurt innovation?

Gary Reback is one of the nation’s most prominent antitrust attorneys, best known for spearheading the efforts that led to the federal lawsuit against Microsoft.  He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and is quoted regularly by major media.  He is currently of counsel with Carr & Ferrell LLP.


Date:               Thursday, May 14, 2009

6:15 pm            Check-in/Reception with light refreshments
7:00 pm            Program and Q & A
8:00 pm            Book Signing (books for sale by Kepler's Books)

Kellogg Auditorium
Silicon Valley Bank
3005 Tasman Drive             
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Silicon Valley Bank is located near the Great America Parkway, which connects to both highways 101 and 237.  The Kellogg Auditorium is next to the main office.

Ticket Price per Person:

               $20          Paid in advance

               $25          Paid at the door


You can register online at the Commonwealth Club. You do not have to be a member of the Commonwealth Club to register online. 

If you don't want to set up an account on the Commonwealth Club website, you can call the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley at 408-280-5530 to register and pay. 

Walk-ins will be allowed only if space is available.  If the event sells out, it will be noted on the club website at http://www.yaleclubofsiliconvalley.org.


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