Cooperation is an investment that has non-zero risk

—“Cooperation is an investment that has non-zero risk. If you want people to cooperate with you rather than fight or avoid you, you must mitigate that risk. If you instead try to shame people for your lack of ability to mitigate their risk, they are left with the only options of fight or flight. However, cooperation amplifies the standard of living of a polity, so people would rather live around those they can cooperate with rather than fight/flight. You can only compel people to flee you for so long until the cost of non-cooperation exceeds the cost of fighting (destroying) you to increase the proximity density of people who cooperate at low risk.”— Steve Pender

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