I never thought of Milton & Bradley as being an evil cog in the capitalist machine but now I'd like to establish a wild conspiracy theory. Everyone knows about Monopoly and how it encourages us to be money-hungry landlords determined to wipe out competition. It's kind of obvious but there are some far more subtle ways they skew childhood development.
Hungry Hungry Hippos - encourages rabid consumerism and greed.
Snakes & Ladders - encourages a desire to climb the corporate ladder.
Operation - encourages a desire to get a fancy job whilst making them fearful of making mistakes.