The above is an excerpt of perhaps the 1st-ever PGP-signed Non-Disclosure Agreement in the history of the construction industry.i If this should indeed be the case, as I suspect that it is, I humbly submit this documentii to the record books in order to demonstrate that, when it’s said that strong encryption will disrupt literally everything, it’s not just some of the people in some of the places some of the time while doing some of the things under some arbitrarily narrow range of circumstances if they just so happen to roll out of bed one day and feel like submitting that are subject to this.
It’s the whole shebang. All of the time. Whether they, or you, like it or not.
It all starts when one little person from one little firm on the fringes of an ancient industry puts his skin in the game…iii
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- This being said, there’s perhaps no other industry extant that’s so gentlemanly in the sense of a man = his word. But even construction has its parasites, and plenty of them.
It’s therefore no wonder that the amount of insurance that engineers, architects, contractors, and builders have to carry for when shit inevitably hits the fan. After all, there’s no such thing as a perfect construction project that goes precisely according to plan anymore than there’s an ECB prediction for inflation for three years hence that’s right on the money. This is true particularly in the USA but even in Canada, and the result is a sickening twisting of incentives, for both less upstanding individuals as well as the more scrupulous, towards inaction, deceit, and shell corporation trickery.
Homebuilders in particular have a fairly disgusting habit of creating new numbered companies for each new development project, only to fold them up upon completion and walk away unscathed and unscathable. Naturally, this is just moments before their shitty twig shacks fall apart, their highly promoted granite countertops and stainless steel appliances doing nothing to plug the leaks in the roof and the cracks in the concrete driveway.
Demonstrably, the construction industry is far from immune from the perversion of the fiat legal system and its “Don’t save that dying man’s life ! What if his family sues you ?!” brand of nonsense, even if there are plenty of men whose word is their bond and whose handshake means something.
- Full item here. Sorry about the PDF.↩
- As you may have surmised from the excerpt above, the one (not so) little person is me.↩