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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • In Axelrod's book The Evolution of Cooperation [wikipedia.org] it's made quite clear than even companies/organisations that hate each other will tend towards a cartel/duopoly and finally monopolies. There is nothing within the mechanism of the market that will stop this from happening it's an automatic output from the mathematics. To prevent monopolies you need something external to destabilise the system, which could be the right kind of government legislation (the book contains examples that make things worse) or a new entry into the market place.

    Basically cooperating even when you are fighting tool and nail can be the best strategy under certain conditions.

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    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."