The Monopoly Chain

December 9, 2011


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In the game Monopoly, the game is definitely over when one player owns all the properties.  You might say the game of free enterprise is over when a market is in a monopolistic condition.

What happens in a monopolistic market?

The price of a good is not set at market demand, rather it is controlled by the supplier in order to boost the ultimate price over market demand levels.  In this environment, wealth trickles up on a one way path, a MONOPOLY CHAIN which ends up in the pockets of a very few people.  There are no opportunities to compete unless you create your own market or go into a monopolized market and shake it loose somehow.

What happens when monopolies are broken up?

More jobs are created.  More people are participating in the industry of a given market in a competitive environment. Quality of product goes up and consumers get a wider array of options.

Monopolistic conditions may occur also in markets with just a few producers who can collude on price levels.  Trusts and collusions to artificially affect pricing must always be viewed with the greatest scorn by progressives.



One Response to “The Monopoly Chain”

  1. […] You also hear a lot of carping about a free market taking care of things.  A ‘free’ market implies a competitive market with a variety of suppliers competing for customers, not a hand full of players agreeing in private how to set pricing, crowding small businesses out or buying them off.  Conservatives seem to think creating  jobs and a free market means loosening clean air and clean water regulations so the oil business can get down and dirty again.  Why is the US exporting oil overseas if we need it here so much?  We can drill baby drill, but that is not going to lower gas prices like truly free markets protected from a multinational industrial monopolistic trust. […]

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