The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

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11/16/2006Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Rockefeller, Carnegie, Dow, Hill, and other great American businessmen did more for America than all the big-government programs combined. These men were market entrepreneurs, not political ones. Thanks to government subsidies, political entrepreneurs often built inefficient circuitous routes for many of America’s railroads, resulting in waste and corruption.

Antitrust laws were demanded by competitors who were jealous of more successful businesses, not by consumers. Predatory pricing is a myth. The courts say that you are predatory if you cut prices, raise prices, or leave them where they are. Natural monopolies don’t last long because entrepreneurs see opportunities and move on them. The only monopolies that stand are those boosted by government interventions.

Lecture 8 of 14 from Tom Woods' The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History lecture series.


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Tom Woods, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute, is the author of a dozen books, most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. Tom's articles have appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, and his books have been translated into a dozen languages. Tom hosts the Tom Woods Show, a libertarian podcast that releases a new episode every weekday. With Bob Murphy, he co-hosts Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast that refutes Paul Krugman's New York Times column.

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