We live in a world where people do not always do the right, moral thing and sometimes have a tendency to look after themselves and their own first. In most cases, it is more important for a person to benefit from a situation regardless of the outcome for the other(s) involved. Self-interest motivates peopleâ€™s actions whether these actions appear moral or not. With this in mind, it seems almost impossible for cooperation to exist and to help improve a potential problem if one arises. However, we do know that cooperation does occur and that our civilization is greatly based upon it. It is the sovereign that controls peopleâ€™s actions and limits their personal self interests. The sovereign enforces cooperation to benefit society. But according to certain arguments placed by the Prisonerâ€™s Dilemma, the sovereign cannot succeed in limiting peopleâ€˜s self-interest.
People may ask themselves just how much assistance they would offer to someone who never helps them in return. For instance, a journalist who has received â€œgossipâ€ news may give ample story coverage to the source in