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 –

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

Beyond the Prisoners’ Dilemma: Coordination, Game Theory, and Law –

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.) –

A fun sci-fi book about an intergalactic empire built specifically in this fashion –

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 –

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