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What Is Mutual Altruism?

According to Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene, theft is "selfish," while trade is "mutually altruistic." If genes and people are "selfish," as Dawkins believes, why does mutual altruism, which includes all forms of cooperation, ever happen? He replies that it...

What Social Animals Owe to Each Other

Hooray! Announcing the publication of executive editor Sheldon Richman's new book, What Social Animals Owe to Each Other! These essays, written over the past 20 years, have a single underlying theme: namely, that we human beings, as social animals, need individual...

Tyranny and Cooperation

Social phenomena -- both good and bad -- cannot happen without cooperation -- that is, without people doing things uncoerced. This is especially clear with bad phenomena. How much havoc could a Stalin, a Hitler, a Mao Zedong, or a Pol Pot wreak alone or with just a...

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