[NetBehaviour] Monopoly was stolen from socialist land-reformers and perverted.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Nov 6 11:18:01 CET 2012
Monopoly was stolen from socialist land-reformers and perverted.
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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