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By Jeffrey Dorfman
JEFFREY DORFMANProfessor of Applied EconomicsUniversity of Georgia
U.S. antitrust laws are a fascinating confusion of logic and nonsense. Supposedly designed to protect consumers, the antitrust laws seem to be used just as much to settle battles between dueling retailers or between retailers and manufacturers. In too many cases, the government steps in to block actions that would appear likely to be good for consumers. The latest case is the spreading war by car dealers to block Tesla sales using state legislatures as their anti-consumer instrument.
sells a very expensive all-electric car and its business plan involves direct-to-consumer sales. Tesla invested considerable…