Cohesion by threat of mutual destruction

Claim: All societies emerge as groups of individuals that have the property of destructive equality.

Definition: destructive equality: a group of individuals has the property of destructive equality if and only if any member of the group can destroy value faster than any other member can produce something of equivalent value.

A society is therefore a mutually-beneficial association held together by the persisting threat of destruction as a means of punishment for violating the society’s rules.



Martin Jambon, December 10, 2022