It seems to be getting more difficult to trust that someone is going to do what they say they said they were going to do.
“It was a misunderstanding.”
“That’s not what I said.”
“So, sue me.”
When local newspapers disappear and can’t keep a close watch on the government, it turns out that costs go up. When people need a lawyer to make an agreement and a lawyer to enforce an agreement, costs go up. When it’s not clear whether or not it’s worth the emotional and organizational risk to engage with someone, engagement doesn’t happen and costs go up.