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November 7, 1999
For Immediate Release

Microsoft Opinion-Editorials Available for Reprint

Spotsylvania, VA. Condemning the recent finding of fact in the Microsoft Antitrust case as a vicious assault on ability and success, the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism is releasing the following opinion-editorials written by its policy experts for reprint:

“Judge Jackson's Findings of Fiction” by Dr. Edwin A. Locke, Ph.D.

Summary:  While Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson finding of fact did contain some correct information—such as the truism that a successful company tries to defeat its rivals—the central claims of monopoly, coercion, consumer harm, and the call for government intervention are blatant falsehoods. 

Background on the Author: Edwin A. Locke is chairman of the Management and Organization Faculty of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. An internationally renowned behavioral scientist, Locke's work is included in leading textbooks and acknowledged in books on the history of management. He has been published newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and the Cincinnati Enquirer and has written over 140 books, chapters and articles that explore areas such as goal setting, work motivation, job satisfaction, incentives and the philosophy of science. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial psychology from Cornell University.

“Microsoft: Victim of the ‘Market Share’ Myth” by Richard M. Salsman

Summary: Condemning Microsoft for its “market share” perpetuates the fatal premise that there’s a fixed hunk of wealth in the world, to be seized by force, and that it is the job of government to redistribute this wealth "fairly."

Background on the Author: Richard M. Salsman is senior vice president and senior economist at H.C. Wainwright & Co. Economics, an economic forecasting and investment advisory firm based in Boston.  He is the author of Gold and Liberty (1995) and Breaking the Banks: Central Banking Problems and Free Banking Solutions (1990).  His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Forbes, Barron’s and The Intellectual Activist.

“The Real Enemies of Silicon Valley” by Robert W. Tracinski

Summary: How calls for government intervention by Microsoft’s competitors have set America on a path that will destroy the computer industry.

Background on the Author: Robert W. Tracinski is co-founder and Chairman of the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism. He has appeared on numerous radio talk shows and his articles have appeared in dozens of newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Investor's Business Daily. He has written and lectured on a wide variety of topics, from Alexis de Tocqueville's analysis of the America character to the multiculturalists' war on science. He has worked as a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute and he is editor of The Intellectual Activist.

“Why America Should Care About Antitrust” by Robert W. Tracinski

Summary:  The Microsoft antitrust trial may seem like it affects only the fortunes of a few billionaires, but it will have a fundamental, far-reaching effect on all our lives. When paralleled to every-day examples in sports, publishing, and the field of invention, the case reveals the absurdity of the moral precedent it sets.

Background on the Author:  See entry above

“Don’t Destroy Our Best” by John Lewis

Summary: The best people in our society are the producers, who create material values and offer them to us in voluntary trade, yet throughout history, it is these very men and women who have come under attack. 

Background on the Author: John Lewis spent 23 years at various technical, engineering and management levels in the fields of industrial controls and digital building systems. He returned to college part time in 1990 to complete a BA in history at the University of Rhode Island and is now a PhD candidate at Cambridge University in England, writing his dissertation on ancient Greek political thought.

To obtain any of these articles in newspaper or publications for reprint, or to arrange an interview with the authors, contact Nicholas Provenzo at (540) 548-2918.

The mission of The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism is to present to the public a moral defense of individualism and economic freedom. The Center undertakes projects and activities designed to communicate its message to the public, the press, and policy leaders, targeting issues central to a moral defense of laissez-faire capitalism.

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