THUNK – 133. Game Theory & Power Structures

Power structures: Hobbes thought we’d murder each other w/o ’em, but there’s a great game-theoretic reason, too!

NOTE: Sorry this episode is so late – there have been electrical troubles at THUNK studios. 🙁

-Links for the Curious-

“Meditations on Moloch,” one of the primary inspirations for this whole episode – slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/

I also borrowed heavily from Kenneth N. Waltz’s “Theory of International Politics.”

Beyond the Prisoners’ Dilemma: Coordination, Game Theory, and Law – chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2648&context=journal_articles

The 10 Catanmendments (NOTE: The first Catanmendment rightly assumes the eventual collapse of cooperative strategies, & illustrates the failure mode of specialized alliances –
when you see an “ally” building over to the resource you’re specializing in, they’re diversifying so they don’t need you quite so much, in preparation to dump you.) – www.settlersstrategy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/catanmentsshirt.png

A fun sci-fi book about an intergalactic empire built specifically in this fashion – smile.amazon.com/Collapsing-Empire-John-Scalzi-ebook/dp/B01F20E7CO?sa-no-redirect=1

A set of responses from anarcho-capitalist philosopher Roderick T. Long, including point 2, defending an-cap’s capability to achieve coordination without the state – mises.org/sites/default/files/longanarchism.pdf

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