[NetBehaviour] Monopoly was stolen from socialist land-reformers and perverted.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Nov 6 11:18:01 CET 2012


Monopoly was stolen from socialist land-reformers and perverted.

Cory Doctorow.

Christopher Ketcham's beautifully written Harper's feature on the 
history of Monopoly, "Monopoly Is Theft," traces the idealistic 
socialist land-reformers who created the game and modified it over 
decades, and the unscrupulous "inventor" who claimed to have created it 
and sold it to Parker Brothers. Monopoly's forerunner was "The 
Landlord's Game," created by Lizzie Magie, inspired by Henry George, who 
believed in the abolition of land-ownership and created a powerful 
movement to make this a reality. Many of George's devotees played The 
Landlord's Game, learning about the evils of real-estate and rentiers, 
and they modified the rules together, creating the game as we know it, 
changing its name to "monopoly" (all lower-case). Then "an unemployed 
steam-radiator repairman and part-time dog walker from Philadelphia 
named Charles Darrow" copied it, patented it, and sold it to Parker 
Brothers. The rest is history.

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