Anti-trust Reductio Ad Absurdum

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From: A
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To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: Google antitrust case joke

Hello Walter: “Google suffered a major blow on Tuesday after European antitrust officials fined the search giant a record $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals.” Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/eu-google-fine.html?mcubz=0 Have you thought out any reductio ad absurdums or plain jokes, perhaps involving sports or entertainment figures which can show the absurdity of these rulings? My best regards, A

Dear Arnie: How about this:

The anti trust authorities should fine team sports members (soccer, basketball, football) for passing the ball to their own team members rather than competitors. They should for a portion of the time (that portion to be determined by economists, using econometrics, in a full employment initiative for dismal scientists and statisticians) pass the ball to members of the competing team. After all, that would only be fair. Passing to one’s own team members is an unfair use of monopoly power (when it is in their possession, they are “monopolizing” the ball). Let’s take a look at the statistics. The leaders in the NBA for assists, and in the NFL for passes completed, should be fined. That’ll teach ‘em to favor their own team-mates over their competitors. Hey, fair is fair. Obama missed a bet when he didn’t appoint me to head up the anti trust division of the so-called department of justice.

Best regards,

Walter

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
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