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individualist presumption. The fact that production
is not generally carried out by individual producers, but by producers acting
in concert, therefore becomes an awkward one. (Coase reflected on both
possibilities.) But provisioning requires production, and as social beings we
quite naturally co-operate in production; while examples of primitive communism have been widely recorded, instances of primitive individualism
have not, for of course the latter would be too precarious to be sustainable.
It is entirely unsurprising that, throughout history, humans, as social animals