I have posted a “new & improved” (i.e. shorter) version of my paper “Breaking Bad Promises” on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). In summary, the new version of the paper, which focuses on some of the “bad” or illicit promises in the popular TV show Better Call Saul (see faux lawyer ad pictured below), is just 13 pp. long (double-spaced) and contains four color images. The old version of the paper, by contrast, was much longer (over 40 pp., single-spaced!), in part because it presented in great detail many more examples of “bad” promises from past and present times, including the evil Transatlantic slave trade, popular Mexican drug-smuggling ballads called narco-corridas, and modern-day usurious payday loans. Not to fear, however, as I will most likely revisit those examples (and many more!) sometime in the future, as I plan on writing a book-length treatment on the problem of bad promises.
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