First the state is granted a monopoly in dispensing justice. Then, it uses this position to grant monopolies, such as patent and copyright, to favored recipients. These recipients are thus able to charge monopoly prices, and to establish oligopolized industries relatively immune from competition.
This allows them to afford the purchase of more state monopolies (such as expensive patents) that smaller upstarts, newcomers, and competitors cannot, further entrenching their monopoly position. Barriers to entry are maintained, allowing the entrenched, established firms to reap monopoly profits.
A portion of these profits are returned to the state in the form of legal bribes (campaign contributions) which keep the legislators from rocking the boat. And so the cycle continues.
This is not too surprising to libertarians used to seeing state corruption. What is surprising is the spectacle of some libertarians bending over backward to try to justify this, in the name of intellectual “property.”
Quarta-feira, Setembro 28, 2011
Monopolies breed monopolies
Controls breed controls, Monopolies breed monopolies: