New Meaning to the Word “Monopoly”

You know those games you grow up with and think nothing of the title? Monopoly is one of them that comes to mind. Who knew that it was about Capitalism and the evils inherent therein? It wasn’t until I went to the Missives From Marx blog that I suddenly made the connection. Doesn’t the graffiti iconic figure at the blog look remarkably like the man on the Monopoly board game and cards that come with it? Fascinating.


4 thoughts on “New Meaning to the Word “Monopoly”

  1. Monopolies have always been a contentious issue.

    At the beginning of the 17th century, there was much controversy around England’s Jamies I’s issuing of “letters patent” granting monopolies to particular traders – presumably in return for money to shaw up his crumbling finances.

    Those with the power will always try and gain control over a market. In spite of all the anti-trust legislation in the States (very vague memories of Taft Hartley), we found out during the debate/shouting match concerning US health finance that many insurance companies are linked together, perhaps tacitly, so that there will be no downward pressure on prices. That’s always the prime aim of the would-be monopolist of course.

    Power wielded behind the scenes is so much more dangerous. The board game is altogether safer.

  2. Reg,
    The board game is safer. I remember hours long marathons in our house growing up playing Monopoly. Frankly, it never convinced any of us to want to take over the world via buying up property and railroads.

  3. As Jonathan Dee said in a recent BBC interview about his new novel “The Privileges”:
    “The rich have a knack for staying rich”.
    Incidentally, this book sounds like a good definition of the difference between interesting and likeable when it comes to fictional characters.

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