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So much for a summertime lull in Washington, DC.

A congressional hearing last week reflects that the crusade to weaponize antitrust law takes no vacations. While “tech companies” may be Hipster Antitrust’s current target, the policy revolution its acolytes seek would lay waste to a broad set of legal principles that benefit consumers and provide a reliable roadmap for free-enterprise conduct.

For the last several years, a select few legal scholars and special-interest organizations have been complaining that antitrust law predicated on consumer welfare cannot prevent or remedy the many supposed societal harms caused by big businesses. Ideas that were once considered mere curiosities now appear in presidential candidates’ platforms, inspire state regulators and private plaintiffs, and offer comfort to competition regulators overseas who have long argued their antitrust approach is superior.