Oct 23, 2009

Viva Competition!

"Prof. Anspach played his first game of Monopoly as a child in the mid-1930s in Czechoslovakia. In 1938, his family fled Europe to America on the cusp of the Holocaust. Years later, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from Berkeley. One day in the 1970s, he tried to explain oil cartels and the downside of monopolies to his 8-year-old son, William. The economist searched toy stores for a more philosophically pleasing alternative to Monopoly, but found nothing. He then set out to create a game that would be a sort of "Monopoly backwards," in which players compete to break up existing monopolies rather than create them. He called it "Anti-Monopoly.""

What's more, he even uncovered the drak secrets behind the Monopoly board game and fought to break thier monopoly! More in the WSJ.

ht: Bridge

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