Monopoly and Competition

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Et Tu, Opera?

Monopoly and Competition

Blog12/13/2007

[Cross-posted at Organizations and Markets]

Opera is an innovative company that makes a fine web browser and has a devoted following. I use Opera...

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Europe's Internet Troubles

Monopoly and Competition

Blog12/04/2007

Internet access is one of the main drivers for economic and social development. No wonder that the wide availability of broadband access, as one of the main indicators of technology advancement of the economy, is shaping the agenda of governments. Everyone demands broadband access. However,...

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FTC and Intel

InterventionismMonopoly and Competition

Blog10/22/2007

Here we go again with real competition being portrayed as anticompetitive. The front page of the San Jose Mercury News reads, "FTC declines to probe Intel” because the head of the FTC is not moving forward with requests by Intel competitor AMD and lawmakers to look into...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

U.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryEntrepreneurshipMonopoly and CompetitionValue and Exchange

Blog10/01/2007

There's no doubt that prosperity has smiled brighter and brighter on the last four generations. My grandparents, like many newly arrived from the Hell of Central Europe, lived in the attic above their ramshackle store. Their grandchildren however ramble around in what they would consider a...

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How to Build a Railroad

Fiscal TheoryInterventionismMonopoly and Competition

Blog09/27/2007

Like Anthony Gregory, I agree with many of the nominees for the "Free Market Hall of Fame." Unfortunately, as Gregory notes, too many good guys...

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Patent Damages

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog09/27/2007

Is that a verb or a noun? Some recent examples:

  • Qualcomm has been enjoined from importing chips that help conserve power in cellphones (
  • ...

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Unions as Central Planning Mechanisms

Big GovernmentLegal SystemMonopoly and CompetitionProduction Theory

Blog09/24/2007

Lew Rockwell on unions. One of my favorite lines from people is the one that goes, "Well, nowadays unions are awful, but the early intentions were good." The early intentions of unions were the same as the modern...

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Another Patent Tax

Taxes and SpendingInterventionismMonopoly and Competition

Blog09/20/2007

Just when you thought taxes and patents could not get any worse: Bush's Top Economist Seeks Patent on His Own Tax Strategy (9/13/2007) reports on a patent application for a...

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Open Source Patents

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog09/11/2007

Some companies are engaging in very creative maneuvering around the omnipresent threat of patents. The Open Invention Network (OIN), for example (Wiki entry), is a type of...

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