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Professor C Economics 1B 33104 Article 2 Source Capitalism Magazine The Prosecution of Microsoft The articles I have chosen to write about are Persecution of Microsoft is Immoral by Richard Salsman and Microsoft and the Mythology of Anti-trust by Tom Sowell I will be talking about perfect competition and other related issues In the sixth edition book by Slavin it talks about perfect competition in chapter twenty-two pages 595-608 On May 18 1998 the US Justice Department formally filed antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft During a press conference US Assistant Attorney General Joel Klien and several state attorney generals painted Microsoft as an enemy of the people for anti-competitive and monopolistic practices They called this day D-Day for consumers and a victory for free enterprise Microsofts evil crime It has integrated its Internet browser into its windows 98 operating system and is offering it as a take-it-or-leave-it condition of sale That is coercion according to the justice department What about Microsofts property rights If placing an all-or-none condition of sale on ones own property constitutes coercion then were all criminals The justice departments logic would outlaw software integration as such thus forcing consumers to purchase add-ons separately--a blatant waste of time and money Furthermore it hands government dictatorial control over software design What are these friends of consumers really after Egged on by Microsofts competitors and consumer crusader Ralph Nader the justice department seeks to downsize Microsoft and admitted as much To accomplish this they are deploying that phony economic doctrine of perfect competition which allegedly exist in an economic sector when many small firms exist with equal market share If one firm acquires too much market share thus approaching a monopoly the government must bulldoze the playing field to remove the imperfections all in the name of consumer protection and free enterprise A true free market is driven by the voluntary -- noncoercive -- decisions of buyers and sellers and under certain conditions many small
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