January 9th, 2013


QotD: To the Point of Insanity or Blindness

К предыдущему — ага, ага, это я прослушал курс лекций по англосаксонскому контрактному праву by Prof. Douglas J. Whaley из серии "Sum and Substance" и теперь фанатею от всего юридического (см. также запись во френдфидике, сделанную вскоре после начала прослушивания). Чисто ради фана друзяк хочу посписывать оттуда наиболее весёлые моменты. Вот радостное на тему недееспособности по неуважительным причинам.

Intoxication, [whereby] someone gets drunk and signs a contract, is just a subcategory of mental incapacity, but because it is more volitional, or at least it was in the early cases before alcoholism was recognized as an illness, the courts were not very kind to people who signed contracts when they were drunk and then tried to disaffirm. The courts typically said that the drunkenness had to be extreme, to the point of insanity or blindness. So, if you're going to get drunk and sign contracts, those three martini lunches and that kind of things don't do at half measures — let's do it up right! Even if you succeed in reaching the neccessary level of intoxication, the courts have required that the person, on sobering up, immediately disaffirm, hangover or no. So, immediate disaffirmance is required in order to take advantage of the argument that you were intoxicated and signed the contract when you were in effect deprived of your free will because you had no mental capacity.

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QotD: On the Death of Globalizations

Недавнее интервью Павловского и Сысуева на Йеху Москвы (screamager, thanks for sharing!) и особенно фраза ГОП про предвоенный 2013 год окончательно заставило меня выписать ключевой фрагмент, завершающий "The Ascent of Money" Фергюссона, где он делает изящный поворот в обсуждении современного экономического симбиоза США и Китая.

Perhaps, on reflection, we have been here before. A hundred years ago, in the first age of globalization, many investors thought there was a similarly symbiotic relationship between the world’s financial centre, Britain, and continental Europe’s most dynamic industrial economy. That economy was Germany’s. Then, as today, there was a fine line between symbiosis and rivalry. Could anything trigger another breakdown of globalization like the one that happened in 1914? The obvious answer is a deterioration of political relations between the United States and China, whether over trade, Taiwan, Tibet or some other as yet subliminal issue. The scenario may seem implausible. Yet it is easy to see how future historians could retrospectively construct plausible chains of causation to explain such a turn of events. The advocates of ‘war guilt’ would blame a more assertive China, leaving others to lament the sins of omission of a weary American titan. Scholars of international relations would no doubt identify the systemic origins of the war in the breakdown of free trade, the competition for natural resources or the clash of civilizations. Couched in the language of historical explanation, a major conflagration can start to seem unnervingly probable in our time, just as it turned out to be in 1914. Some may even be tempted to say that the surge of commodity prices in the period from 2003 until 2008 reflected some unconscious market anticipation of the coming conflict.

One important lesson of history is that major wars can arise even when economic globalization is very far advanced and the hegemonic position of an English-speaking empire seems fairly secure.

С таймингом старина Найал не угадал пока, так что нам везёт, хотя тренд и не сломался ещё. Ну и это всё конечно похоже на поворот в разговоре Глеба Олеговича, через пару реплик после упоминания сочинской олимпиады:

Мне его жалко, он превратился в трагическую фигуру. Я не знаю, как другие люди на его месте в этой ситуации вели, но, по крайней мере, надо было бы уменьшить в таких случаях, стоит быстро уменьшить расходы. На всякий случай. Просто, потому что мы прекрасно провели Олимпиаду 1980 года. Блестяще. Это было прекрасно технически, и кстати по спортивным результатам.