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The Abolition of Antitrust (Softcover)

By Gary Hull


edited by Gary Hull

The Abolition of Antitrust asserts that antitrust laws—on economic, legal, and moral grounds—are bad, and provides convincing evidence supporting arguments for their total abolition. The Sherman Antitrust Act and the body of case law that it has generated must be seen in the broader context of traditional concerns that government has always had with monopolies in the United States, from the nineteenth century onwards. Every year new antitrust prosecutions arise in the U.S. courts, as in the cases against 3M and Visa/MasterCard, as well as a number of ongoing antitrust cases, such as those involving Microsoft and college football's use of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). Gary Hull and the contributing authors show that these cases—as well as the very Antitrust Act itself—are based on an erroneous interpretation of the history of American business, are premised on bad economics and equivocate between economic and political power—the power to produce versus the power to use physical force. They argue that antitrust prosecutions are based on a horrible moral inversion: that it is acceptable to sacrifice America's best producers.

Table of Contents



Part One: The Economics of Antitrust

1. Barriers to Entry

          Dominick T. Armentano

2. The Philosophic Origins of Antitrust

          John Ridpath

3. The False Profits of Antitrust

          Richard M. Salsman

Part Two: The Legal History of Antitrust

4. Reversing Course: American Attitudes about Monopolies, 1607–1890

          Eric Daniels

5. Antitrust: The War Against Contract

          Tom Bowden

Part Three: The Morality of Antitrust

6. Antitrust:"Free Competition" at Gunpoint

          Harry Binswanger

7. Antitrust Is Immoral

          Gary Hull

Appendix: Major Antitrust Legislation

Notes on Contributors


(Softcover; 195 pages)