O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:
> I'm not suggesting war. I'm suggesting cooperative, cartel situations used
> to economically crush states who earn the ire of groups of others. This
> be used exactly as warfare, with similar results!
In the absence of force it is virtually impossible to make this kind of tactic work. In a free market, all the traditional 'control the market' gambits simply impoverish the would-be monopilist and benifit his competitors.
The only exceptions I can see would be in the case of rare natural resources. Since we need large-scale space colonization to get this project off the ground (sorry, couldn't resist), and we aren't going to have that until around the time nanotech becomes feasible, there isn't likely to be any such thing. Therefore, problems with monopolists are highly unlikely.
Billy Brown, MCSE+I