Contracts

June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Between Young and Old, a Political Collision – NYTimes.com. A fundamental, perhaps even the most fundamental, principal of Western “civil society” is the primacy of contracts. Doing what you promise to do because of the benefits you want is the basis on which all other political and social activity rests. If we violate those contracts, then we undermine that order. You think treaties with First Nations are unfair? Tough. We signed the contract. In all the debate about pensions, medicare and so on, it is really important that we remember if we abrogate those contracts, we injure civil society. Where, at that point, is our trust in the agreements we make with one another?

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