Monopoly is no game


By Caleb Harris

The term monopoly is the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade in a commodity or service.

The game Monopoly is a board game that originated in the United States in 1903 to demonstrate that an economy, which rewards wealth creation, is better than one in which monopolists work under few constraints. When I was watching the “Park Avenue” documentary I learned that monopolies can control all kinds of properties.

Monopoly is a dog eat dog world with people that will do anything to get to the top of the food chain. For example, in  “Park Avenue,” a social psychologist named Paul Piff rigged a friendly game of Monopoly by having one person with more money than everybody else. Throughout the game, the rich player didn’t show compassion toward the poorer players. All the players who had more money seemed to not be concerned that the other players were losing money.

The richer players cared about the money and properties they owned. Even though this was an experiment, it relates to day-today life. The billionaires are always trying to buy properties and they do not care about the people who have less money. The reason why the billionaires do not care is because they feel the less wealthy people have had the same chances and opportunities that they had growing up, ignoring the fact that not everybody grew up in the same rich neighborhoods, drive nice cars or have high paying jobs.


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