The monopoly game…

A: Monopolies are unjust!
B: Why?
A: Monopolies charge unfair prices!
B: What do you mean?
A: Monopolistic pricing is more than a natural, just market would bear.
B: How do you know what a just price is?
A: It’s what the average consumer would pay.
B: But the average consumer buys at the price set by “monopolies,” so why isn’t that the just price?
A: It’s too expensive!
B: Relative to what?
A: We’ve got two, maybe three, companies setting the prices for X service, so it’s a rigged game. It’s unjust.
B: If there are at least two consumer options, how is it a monopoly?
A: It’s unjust!
B: Okay. I’m going to Wal-Mart. Need anything?
A: Just dental floss!

About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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