by Dr. Robert M. Fearn
Under those conditions, we found that Marx’s predictions were absolutely correct. Capitalism, under inflationary conditions, played “all out” with few or no rules or regulations limiting private acquisitive behavior will inevitably result in two large combines battling each other until one triumphs, often by chance. Indeed, if one was a loner toward the end of the game, the safest place on the board was in jail where one might survive a bit longer (three rolls of the dice until you were paroled into the dog-eat-dog world of the monopolists). In our case, the final outcome usually took us into the wee hours of the morning, and we often had breakfast before returning home to tumble into bed.
From time to time, the group included Paul and Margie Hendrickson (Puyallup), Bill and Emma Iulo (now Bambridge Island), Bob and Nancy Vitale (Walla Walla?), and, later, Gene and Phyllis Boyle (Spokane).
It was a wonderful way to learn about economics.
Dr. Robert M. Fearn, MA, WSC (now U)
Later: CIA Analyst, Professor of Economics (NCSU), and occasional consultant on international labor issues and problems.
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