Price fixing is an agreement (written, verbal, or inferred from conduct) among competitors that raises, lowers, or stabilizes prices or competitive terms. Generally, the antitrust laws require that each company establish prices and other terms on its own, without agreeing with a competitor.
Can you spot price fixing in the wild?
@Sivad A conspiracy usually involves a small number of people influencing a large number of people. That's the nature of hierarchical organization. Propaganda follows conspiracy. Or as Patrick A. Kelley (National Defense Intelligence College) states in Imperial Secrets: Remapping the Mind of Empire,
All narratives, including histories, are told by someone, for someone else, for a purpose, and not necessarily, or even frequently, is that purpose strictly to inform. There is a caveat commonly applied to intelligence report-writing which notes that a given source may have intended to "influence as well as inform." This formulation suggests there may be sources that intend purely to inform. I consider this contingency unlikely, as virtually every communication, particularly in the intelligence world, but in academic writing as well, intends to influence. Informing is more or less incidental to this purpose.
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