Saturday, July 28, 2018

Patent trolls, monopolies, housing prices, 2008 crash -- all interrelated?



Matthew Robare has a detailed article in the American Conservative tying intellectual property policy – specifically patents – that supports big monopolistic business and now discourages innovation. This goes way beyond the issue of trolls. The article notes that people aren’t allowed to tinker with their own property. Here is the link
  
The article links this to zoning policies and lack of enforcement of anti-trust laws, that not only bids up the costs of housing for everyone but also encourage over dependence on cars, fossil fuels, and mega-businesses that don’t property support the communities they move in to.  This is more something you hear from liberals.  But this is a Cato Institute-like essay.

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