[NetBehaviour] Monopoly was stolen from socialist land-reformers and perverted.
dave.miller.uk at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 19:25:22 CET 2012
I've been playing it a lot recently with my kids and it always ends up as a
fight argument and sulks. Its a very cruel game and i think it shows what
happens if you are motivated by greed. if you try to be reaonable and look
out for each other in the game then it becomes a bit pointless. its a sort
of sociopath training game i think. having said that maybe i should stop my
children playing it!
On Nov 6, 2012 1:38 PM, "aharon" <aha at aharonic.net> wrote:
> Thanks Marc, for the tip!
> A very interesting link indeed - points how monopoly collapse into itself,
> monopolising other people's efforts, and by connection, properties..
> On a personal level, I never actually "got" the idea/motivation of the
> game, why would one want to monoplise? Seems an arbitrary requirement by
> the game. Indeed, now that the history of the game is mentioned, it looks
> like the initial ideas, regardless of politics, were more interesting on
> conceptual and desire/urge levels - at least for me.
> I wonder if anyone else experience similar disinterested feelings in
> playing monopoly..?
> Cheers and all the best!
> > 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.
> > http://boingboing.net/2012/11/05/monopoly-was-stolen-and-perver.html
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