Antitrust: The Case for Repeal by Dominick T. Armentano

By Dominick T. Armentano

This travel de strength rips the highbrow conceal off antitrust law to bare it as a bludgeon utilized by companies opposed to their rivals. not like many critics, Professor Armentano incorporates the good judgment of his research to the fullest attainable quantity: "My place on antitrust hasn't ever been ambiguous," he writes. "All of the antitrust legislation and the entire enforcement enterprise authority could be summarily repealed. The antitrust gear can't be reformed; it needs to be abolished."

Professor Armentano starts with the main rigorous and revealing account of the Microsoft antitrust conflict to seem in print. He extra discusses different contemporary situations, together with Toys 'R' Us, Staples, and Intel, in addition to many ancient instances. He covers approximately each a possibility motive for antitrust, together with cost solving, predatory pricing, product tie-ins, vertical and horizontal mergers, and lots of extra.

This is a crucially vital paintings in our new period of antitrust enforcement. This 2d variation is totally revised and features a remedy of Murray Rothbard's contributions to the idea of monopoly and pageant. It ends by way of arguing that antitrust is opposite to either free-market monetary concept and the safety of estate rights in a loose society.

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The Problem with Competition Theory Although the standard theories of competition and monopoly seem reasonable and would appear to rationalize some antitrust enforcement, they pose some very serious difficulties. Resource allocation under atomistic competition might well be efficient if perfect information existed or if tastes and preferences never changed, but it is difficult to understand the relevance of such a theory in a real world of differentiated preferences, economic uncertainty, and dynamic change.

V. 3 IBM, the disastrous government antitrust case against the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) that contributed significantly to the movement away from traditional antitrust policy. IBM was indicted by the Department of Justice in 1969 and charged with illegal monopolization of the general-purpose digital-computer-systems market. The suit held that IBM had systematically engaged in certain exclusionary business practices that tended to restrain trade and create a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act (1890).

The Case Against Antitrust Policy The uptick in antitrust enforcement and the irrational attack on Microsoft should not distract us from the larger and longer picture: the intellectual case against antitrust regulation has been building for decades. The most important theoretical development has been the increasing professional disenchantment with the socalled barriers-to-entry doctrine. 1 This doctrine held that certain economic obstacles prevented smaller firms from competing with so-called dominant firms, that barriers enhanced the market power of these leading companies, and that they served to harm consumer welfare.

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