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Saw yet another image of Monopoly online where the joke is that it makes everyone angry.

It's true, because that is exactly the point. It was originally created by Lizzie Maggie as the Landlord's Game. The whole point was to show that land monopolies are a terrible idea. It was a political argument in game form. Everyone suffers when there is a monopoly.

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Then Charles Darrow stole the game and sold it to to Parker Brothers, despite Maggie having a patent on it.

Now everyone gets to grow up playing a game that shows you how terrible monopolies are, but somehow it has become a shining example of capitalism.

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The original Maggie version came with a set of two rules: the ones you probably know, and ones that lead to a more equitable land share. The second set was left out from the Darrow version.

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@meena Actually, that was slightly wrong: the original 1904 patent didn't include the Prosperity alternative of the game, but a later version from 1932 (3 years before Darrows Monopoly) did. I'm not sure when they were added.

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