For many the just-concluded summer may have included a few late-night games of Monopoly, with all the big decisions the board game entails -- top hat or race car, kitty for "free parking," the rush for Broadway and Park Place. Less well known is the role of 19th century economist and philosopher Henry George in the creation of this classic diversion. George, whose views inspired Lincoln Institute founder John C, Lincoln, was the force behind The Landlord’s Game, created in 1903 by Magie Magie Phillips, to teach the ideas of George, author of the best-selling book on political economy, “Progress and Poverty." The "prosperity rules" of this game stand in contrast to the race for property ownership to buy hotels and homes to charge high rents. A good discussion can be found at this recent Freakonomics post..