Each year, I begin my Introduction to Canadian politics course at Laurier by describing the prisoner’s dilemma.
In this model, two men, Bob and Jack are arrested for drug trafficking. They are put into separate rooms and are told the following:
“If you testify against your partner, and he stays silent, you go free and your partner gets 10 years.
If your partner talks and you stay silent, then you get 10 years and he goes free.
If you both talk, you both get 8 years.