Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 5:21 AM
Subject: contracts and consent
Hello, I have noticed that you write a lot about contracts, and what sort of contracts you think should be enforced, and which should not.
But one thing I do not see a clear answer to is, do you consider the presence of a written contract to be adequate proof of consent? Your writing seems to imply that you do, but, I do not see a definitive answer.
Dear G: I favor the enforcement of all contracts compatible with the non-aggression principle (NAP). Specific performance contracts, voluntary slavery contracts, contracts for used human body parts, host mother contracts, etc. I don’t favor the enforcement of contracts incompatible with the NAP, such as hit those calling for murder, rape, theft, kidnapping, etc. I think the presumption is that written, signed contracts are valid. However, this can be overcome. In the movie “The Godfather, one of the criminals told a movie producer “Either your signature or your brains will be on that contract.” He signed, but this was under duress, and thus invalid. Other than that sort of thing, a signed written contract is licit. But so are verbal contracts, given that there is a meeting of the minds of both parties. I hope and trust this is responsive.10:27 pm on April 12, 2018 Email Walter E. Block