I'll read this when I get home later.
OK, I finally read the thing. Very interesting. I'm generally inclined to agree with the premise that established business tends to ally itself with government in an effort to stifle competition. I hadn't read until now an account of the actual history of such things, a recounting of the gory details...
Weirdly, John Stossel's book, "Give Me a Break" makes the same point, much more eloquently, though less thoroughly, and also leaving out the history discussed here.
I only wish that Childs had been less pedantic and had had a better facility with words, had better communication skills - the first 30 or 40 per cent of the essay, while perhaps relevant, is needlessly wordy to an amazing degree. It takes real work to plow through this treatise.
In any case, thanks for posting it. Is there anything else out there on the same subject, I wonder. I hope so, the material should be of interest to everyone.