The word Mercantilism (Merchantilism?) can be a subset of Involuntary Assocation or it can be a subset of Voluntary Association depending upon who defines the meaning of the word based upon the information used in defining the word.
If the information used to define the meaning of the word includes the actions that involved a rapid increase in the consuming of drugs in China, then those events can hardly be events defining Voluntary Association.
East India Company
If the information used to define the meaning of the word Mercantilism includes the actions that involved the enslavement of people for commercial profits, again, the concept of a Voluntary Association is not at work.
If the Merchants begin employing the concept of annuities, then those actions by those employers of that concept can be similarly inspected as to which category those actions fall under.
Voluntary Association (free market competition)
Involuntary Association (monopoly enforced by criminal means)
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