The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives

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ReadHowYouWant.com, May 21, 2010 - 452 pages
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Twenty-five new runways would eliminate most air travel delays in America; fifty patent owners are blocking a major drug company from creating a cancer cure; 90 percent of our broadcast spectrum sits idle while American cell phone service suffers. These problems have solutions that can jump-start innovation and help save our troubled economy. So, what's holding us back? Michael Heller, a leading authority on property, reveals that while private ownership creates wealth, too much ownership means that everyone loses. Startling and accessible, The Gridlock Economy offers insights on how we can overcome this preventable paradox.
 

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Contents

Preface
ii
WELCOME TO THE LEXICON
34
WHERE ARE THE CURES?
75
YOU CANT HEAR ME NOW
122
BLOCK PARTIES SHARE CHOPPERS AND BANANA
166
EMPTY MOSCOW STOREFRONTS
220
THE WORLD IS MINE OYSTER
253
A SOLUTIONS TOOL KIT
289
Acknowledgments
309
FRONT COVER FLAP
406
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Michael Heller is a poet, essayist and critic. Among his many books are THIS CONSTELLATION IS A NAME: COLLECTED POEMS 1965-2010, SPEAKING THE ESTRANGED: ESSAYS ON THE POETRY OF GEORGE OPPEN, BECKMANN VARIATIONS AND OTHER POEMS, TWO NOVELLAS: MARBLE SNOWS & THE STUDY, ESCHATON, EARTH AND CAVE, EXIGENT FUTURES, and WORDFLOW: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. He wrote the libretto for the opera Benjamin, based on the life of Walter Benjamin. His awards include the NEH Poet/Scholar grant, the Di Castagnola Prize and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. He was born in 1937 in New York City where he now lives.

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