Modern Living: The Anti Game

To most people, Park Place, Marvin Gardens and Baltic Avenue are just spaces on the Monopoly board—unlucky ones, to be sure, if occupied by money-gobbling hotels placed there by an opponent. But to Economist Ralph Anspach, those properties are part of a game that subtly encourages young minds to accept the evils of monopolization. "Some kids grow up not knowing that monopolies are illegal," he complains. In counterattack, Anspach and his 14-year-old son Mark have created Anti-Monopoly, a new, sophisticated board game that recently went on sale in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Players of Anti-Monopoly must be as canny and aggressive...

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