**On a Curved Manifold?**

Here’s something curious about lawyers. **Locally** they fight **negative-sum games** — effectively, expending resources fighting over the division of a non-increasing good.

**lawyer 1:**OK, I get**x%****lawyer 2:**and I get**1−x %****lawyer 1:**Yes. Now, I vote that**x**be increased**lawyer 2:**But that would mean that my share,**1−x**, would decrease**lawyer 1:***Exactly*.**lawyer 2:**But…**lawyer 1:**Exactly.

**Globally**, however, the effect of lawyers is **positive-sum**. Without a justice system, grievances would not be heard, property rights would not be enforced, and the world would be worse off.

So … a space with **locally negative curvature** and **globally positive curvature** … hmm, how can that work?

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