Magazine June 11, 2018, Issue

Upside of the Upsized

Workers process purchased orders at a packaging area inside the Amazon distribution center in El Prat de Llobregat, near Barcelona, Spain, March 15, 2018. (Albert Gea/Reuters)
Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business, by Robert D. Atkinson and Michael Lind (MIT, 368 pp., $29.95)

The only figure possibly more sacrosanct in the U.S. economy than the American farmer is the American small-business owner.

Small businesses, it is often repeated, are the engines of the American economy, creating most of the jobs and providing the impetus for the country’s engine of economic growth. Our economy depends on the fecundity of small business not just for the new jobs it creates but for much of our innovation and entrepreneurial spirit as well, to continue the sentiment.

Both Republicans and Democrats come close to fetishizing small business these days: Each proclaims its importance in its platform, and the

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


The Week

The Week

Barack Obama signed a contract with Netflix. Now he’ll be working for the media instead of the other way around.

Going Postal

The president is displeased with Amazon, which seems odd; it’s like reading “George H. W. Bush was spitting mad at Sears.”


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