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The Two Meanings of "Social Contract"

There seems to be two very different ways that the phrase "social contract" is used.

The first is an unspoken conduct agreement between two people. If you hire a great guitar player to teach you guitar lessons once a week, are you allowed to cancel? Is your instructor? How much notice? Is it okay if he's drunk or halfway-preoccupied during your lesson?

How much formality is there? If you don't do the recommended lesson from last time, how disappointed will your instructor be?

How prepared must you both be?

This is a social contract that's actually a social contract. Sure, there's edge cases - even if it's expected that both of you are always at the lesson on-time, prepared, and ready to go immediately, there's still an exemption if you have a family emergency or serious illness or whatever.

To The People of Hong Kong: On Virtue, Authority, and Terror (Marshall vs. Cathay Pacific Management)

Everyone I know is terrified of air travel.

Literally. Everyone.

They have infinite power and zero accountability.

When you're in an airport, you're at the mercy of the people there. If they don't like what you're doing, they can do anything they want to you, and you have no recourse.

I understand the necessity of that coercive power - but such immense power requires immense accountability.

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