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A Cooperative Species by Herbert Gintis, Samuel Bowles

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The Coevolution of Institutions and Behaviors

A population can be very successful in spite of a surprising diversion of time and energy into aggressive displays, squabbling and outright fights. The examples range from bumble bees to European nations.

William Hamilton, The Innate Social Aptitudes of Man (1975)

Few students of human social dynamics doubt that nations, firms, bands, and other groups are subject to selective pressures. The emergence and diffusion of the centralized, tax-collecting and arms-bearing national state as a form of territorial governance during the past half millennium is an example. The national state became the dominant form of governance because it won wars and induced preemptive emulation among those threatened with ...

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