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Monopoly in the Real World

January 9, 2004

The question has come up about the economic fallacies buried in the Parker Bros. game "Monopoly", and it got me thinking. How about a "Territorial Monopoly of Protection" game? Everywhere you land on the board, you go to jail, pay a fine, get regulated, conscripted, or lectured by minions of the state. Your only way to "win" is to land on the "become a state bureaucrat" square. Then you get to oppress the other players.


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