Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
The American Antitrust Institute is celebrating its 15th birthday. See here for its 15th anniversary booklet. AAI is a special institution. It is the only consumer voice dedicated to antitrust in the United States. It also has some outreach abroad. Some of my very best friends are AAI board members. Members of the advisory board have a strong passion for their advocacy, almost to the point of religious zeal for a progressive antitrust (one might say this is based on a vision of tikkun olam, or "healing the world"). Nevertheless, AAI is the one antitrust organization where top to bottom people are really nice to those with opposing viewpoints. This is set by tone at the top. Bert Foer, you are wonderful. I believe that the reason you are wonderful is best summed up by former George W. Bush Antitrust Division head Hew Pate in this NY Times article about Bert:
“A lot of Bert’s antitrust opinions are annoying,” said R. Hewitt Pate, the general counsel of Chevron and a former senior antitrust official in the Bush administration. “You disagree with him on the substance but you enjoy hanging out with him, and there are not enough people in Washington like that.”
I am not on the AAI Board. Some of my views differ significantly from those of AAI. I would, however, hope that those of you with deep pockets who share in AAI's vision think about contributing to AAI in a significant way either with your time or ideally with a nice large financial contribution.