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Mad Max and the Rule of Law

March 17th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome has a great phrase from Bartertown law, which perhaps I’ve even improved here:

“Bust a deal: spin the wheel”.

The wheel is a wheel of fortune with various punishments for breach of contract, including death.

Somehow I thought of that when I hear many supposedly free market, rule-of-law Americans saying that the government should force AIG to breach its contracts with its employees and not pay them the bonus amounts specified in the contracts, changing the law if necessary so the employees cannot have recourse to the courts to get their contracts honored. Even primitive societies believe that people should keep their contracts or pay damages.

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  1. Eric Rasmusen
    March 23rd, 2009 at 05:01 | #1

    Quite right. I think I’ve improved it, but I’m not quoting literal Bartertown Law.

  2. Will Dwinnell
    March 23rd, 2009 at 04:40 | #2

    Only because I am such a fan of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”, I must make the picky comment that the line in the movie is, actually, “Bust a deal, and face the wheel.”

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