The cartel uses public institutions to enforce the academic pact, and the 'sovereign' intellectual neo-statehood of the universities to shield the literary alliance from rational challenge. The cartelisation of thought is itself an attack on academic freedom, as we know from many cases in the history of ideas.
Stratford, too, has a vested interest in its own →Birthplace Trust, the shepherd of the flock of tourists and millions of pounds in spending.
Modern antitrust theories point to the harmful consequences of a lack of competition - from Canterbury, for example, the ecclesiastical heart of England since the arrival of the Christian mission which saw Augustine become the first archbishop in 597; or from the Wilton Avon, where →Mary Sidney and her sons, the Herbert Earls of Pembroke, helped shelter Christopher Marlowe and his noms-de-plume.
The intellectual stasis can lead to a slowing of progress in thought and 'science' or the reservoir of human knowledge (eg in literary history). It reminds many of us of the paradigm of →market failure, brought on by the moribund and the complacent.
Text amended by Cy Jamieson, Toronto