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Comment by zby on Anti-social Punishment · 2018-10-11T17:44:11.698Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

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A slightly broader theory: being too cooperative makes live easy for the non cooperators (the state in the Soviet Union case, but it also works in cases when people fall for some stupid maniulations). There must be many equilibria and some cultures stay at some middle level, they don't aim at the most productive ones out of fear not to be pushed into the least productive.

Comment by zby on Applause Lights · 2018-09-28T20:53:38.159Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Sounds like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floating_signifier