Barry C. Lynn

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Barry Lynn
Born Miami, Florida
Alma mater Columbia College, Columbia University
Occupation Journalist, writer

Barry C. Lynn is an American journalist and writer. He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C., where he directs the Open Markets Program. He has written extensively on globalization, economics, and politics for such publications ranging from The Financial Times and Forbes to Mother Jones and the Harvard Business Review.[1]

Biography[edit]

Lynn was born in Miami, and is a graduate of Columbia University. He has been a reporter for the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse and worked as a correspondent in Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. Prior to joining New America in 2001, he was the executive editor of Global Business, a monthly magazine targeted at the managers of multi-national enterprises.[1] He has also worked in factories, construction, landscaping, retail, furniture moving, and as a truck driver. He lives in Washington with his wife and two sons.

Work[edit]

Lynn has written extensively on the risks of unfettered globalization and industrial interdependence. In End of the Line he examines how a deeply interconnected global industrial system undermines safety and freedom. His work shows how the relentless quest for efficiency, and practices like outsourcing to a single factory and “just-in-time” production, create an increasingly fragile system, where one isolated shock can crash entire industries. His thesis prefigured later attention given to supply chain disruptions, most recently prompted by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand.

Lynn’s work also focuses on the effects of extreme concentration of political economic power. In Cornered he documents how radical consolidation has birthed present day monopolies that dominate and control virtually every major industry in America. Through reporting the experience of people and small businesses, he argues that these new monopolies are squelching innovation, degrading product quality and safety, and destabilizing vital industrial and financial systems. His work shows how from the American Revolution to the Second New Deal, Americans have traditionally resisted concentration of power and understood that its distribution is critical for freedom and democracy. He argues that the US must revive its antitrust laws to recover real open markets, resilient systems, and liberty.

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (2005) ISBN 0-385-51024-1
  • Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (2010) ISBN 0-470-18638-0

Articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barry C. Lynn Bio at New America accessed December, 2009

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