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OLIGOPOLY: A market structure dominated by a small number of large firms, selling either identical or differentiated products, and significant barriers to entry into the industry. This is one of four basic market structures. The other three are perfect competition, monopoly, and monopolistic competition.

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: An independent federal agency run by a 5-member commission that's charged by Congress with preventing unfair and deceptive business activities and other various monopoly practices that tend to inhibit competition. The FTC was set up in 1914 to help the Justice Department enforce a growing number of antitrust laws. It has the authority to restrict assorted market monopolizing practices, such as mergers, false or misleading advertising, price discrimination, and price fixing. Since the time of it's formation, the FTC has grown into an important consumer protection agency.

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COMMUNISM

In theory, an economy, or economic system, based on--(1) a classless society, where everyone does their best to contribute to the common good, (2) common, rather than individual, ownership of all resources, (3) the complete disappearance of government, and (4) income allocated based entirely on need rather than on resource ownership or contribution to production. In practice, communism is a type of command economy based on--(1) government ownership and control of most resources, goods, and other assets and (2) excruciatingly detailed central planning by government.

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time strolling through a department store hoping to buy either a handcrafted spice rack or a cell phone case. Be on the lookout for florescent light bulbs that hum folk songs from the sixties.
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Parker Brothers, the folks who produce the Monopoly board game, prints more Monopoly money each year than real currency printed by the U.S. government.
"An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive business advantage. "

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