Milton Friedman on Technology
When technical conditions make a monopoly the natural outcome of competitive market forces, there are only 3 alternatives that seem available: private monopoly, public monopoly, or public regulation. All 3 are bad so we must choose among evils.
I reluctantly conclude that, if tolerable, private monopoly may be the least of the evils. If society were static so that the conditions which give rise to a technical monopoly were sure to remain, I would have little confidence in this solution. In a rapidly changing society, the conditions making for technical monopoly frequently change and I suspect that both public regulation and public monopoly are likely to be less responsive to such changes in conditions, to be less readily capable of elimination, than private monopoly.
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