Saturday, November 19, 2016
Violence is Never in the Interest of Rational Actors
I am not sure this is true. I am chewing on it.
I know that sometimes rational actors will have to be violent to protect themselves from irrational actors.
But I don't think two rational actors ever need to resort to violence to settle their differences.
I take it as given that long-term survival is a premise of rationality, for societies if not for each individual in it. So rational societies in a world of rational societies know that violence for short-term gain will not make sense if it leads to retaliatory violence or other sanctions.
In societies as in individuals, "self-interest" and "selfish interest" are not the same thing.