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    Wrestling With the Unbearable Lightness of Prime

    Everyone wants it. But is it possible to reconcile the awesomeness of getting Whole Foods groceries delivered to one’s doorstep, as Amazon announced Thursday it would do for its Prime members, knowing its economic implications? That’s the conundrum economics writer Jordan Weissmann confronts while fantasizing about when the service will spread from its pilot cities of Austin, Dallas, Virginia Beach and Cincinnati, to where he lives in New York. The problem, he writes, is that American business is being dominated by a few huge innovators that may paradoxically squelch innovation while disempowering workers.

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