MONOPOLY: The Other Side

Should U.S. firms be permitted to join international cartels in order to expand foreign trade? The Justice Department's Antitrust Division has invariably answered this prime postwar question with a definite "no." Last week a top U.S. businessman answered with a qualified "yes." Up before a Senate subcommittee stepped grey, urbane Ralph W. Gallagher, 63, president of Standard Oil of New Jersey. He had asked to be heard on the bill sponsored by Wyoming's Senator Joseph O'Mahoney, requiring registration of international cartel agreements. Said President Gallagher: Standard Oil agrees "in principle" with the bill. Standard Oil also believes in "free competition."...

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