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IHNIWTR
IHNIWTR
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6/27/2017
I can't believe I'm supporting the campaigner, but there you have it

the explanatory text on her card absolutely won me over

[spoiler]The Dauntless Temperance Campaigner tears herself away from a brisk conversation with a member of Humble Order of Mudlarkers and Steeplejacks to answer your questions.

"I have dedicated my life to fighting exploitation. Yes, I've fought the honey-pushers, who addict dreamers, and the drink-dealers who poison mothers and fathers. But I'm here to fight the factory-owners, the landlords, the bankers who drive our citizens into such harmful escapes. We must help the addled and afflicted, provide houses of respite and healing. And tea. I am in favour of tea." She smiles and gives you a firm handshake, before marching away to menace a notoriously unscrupulous landlord.[/spoiler]

I'd take housing for the poor over speculative investment and more brutal policing any day

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LillianAranach
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6/27/2017
I would be indubitably grateful to the campaigner if she were proposing to provide instructions on how to use drugs in moderation. In fact, I think a system of limitation, similar perhaps to driver's licenses, in which users had to prove their knowledge of how to and ability to use drugs properly and in moderation before being allowed to purchase them, and in which abusers would have their access to the substances revoked, would be wonderful even. But unfortunately the campaigner instead seeks to paint our diverse society with a broad brush in which no one can be trusted to contain themselves and so all must be barred from their pleasures.

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Anne Auclair
Anne Auclair
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6/27/2017
LillianAranach wrote:
I would be indubitably grateful to the campaigner if she were proposing to provide instructions on how to use drugs in moderation. In fact, I think a system of limitation, similar perhaps to driver's licenses, in which users had to prove their knowledge of how to and ability to use drugs properly and in moderation before being allowed to purchase them, and in which abusers would have their access to the substances revoked, would be wonderful even. But unfortunately the campaigner instead seeks to paint our diverse society with a broad brush in which no one can be trusted to contain themselves and so all must be barred from their pleasures.

No one is being barred from pleasures, only gently discouraged. And imagine that, a veteran reformer advocating easily understood reforms and ideas, as opposed to trying to create a system that would be expensive, bureaucratic, fiendishly complicated, and punitive. Once again we have the suggestion that we should police people, not commodities. For the sake of the commodities freedom, human freedom should be sacrificed.
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LillianAranach
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6/27/2017
Anne Auclair wrote:

No one is being barred from pleasures, only gently discouraged. And imagine that, a veteran reformer advocating easily understood reforms and ideas, as opposed to trying to create a system that would be expensive, bureaucratic, fiendishly complicated, and punitive. Once again we have the suggestion that we should police people, not commodities. For the sake of the commodities freedom, human freedom should be sacrificed.


Only as fiendishly complicated and bureaucratic as any other privilege that requires a license. I should think such a system would be a boon to human freedom; after all, knowledge is power, especially knowledge that allows one to make responsible decisions with delectable rewards.

Regardless, I would have to know for certain how far the Dauntless Campaigner is going to push the temperance movement. As you have made quite clear, she has never indicated outright that she was going to advocate for complete prohibition, but I inexplicably feel as though she'll go that way. As long as I, and any other hedonist, may still choose to openly indulge with the same amount of or even a little more scandal, I shall be content. The scandal is half the fun anyway. If, however, she means to away my freedom to do as I please as long as I understand and accept the consequences, I will be raising quite the fuss.

I must say I have been enjoying the conversation. The only thing more delicious than sin is truth, truth being found in abundance in open debates. Regretfully, though, the hour grows late, and I must retire to my apartments. I look forward to continuing our discussion as soon as possible. Goodnight, delicious friend.

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IHNIWTR
IHNIWTR
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6/27/2017
let me put it like this

would you prefer an old lady with pamphlets waiting outside a honey den, or an officer with a truncheon bursting in

because that's the choice here

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Sir Joseph Marlen
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6/27/2017
Anne Auclair wrote:
LillianAranach wrote:
I would be indubitably grateful to the campaigner if she were proposing to provide instructions on how to use drugs in moderation. In fact, I think a system of limitation, similar perhaps to driver's licenses, in which users had to prove their knowledge of how to and ability to use drugs properly and in moderation before being allowed to purchase them, and in which abusers would have their access to the substances revoked, would be wonderful even. But unfortunately the campaigner instead seeks to paint our diverse society with a broad brush in which no one can be trusted to contain themselves and so all must be barred from their pleasures.

No one is being barred from pleasures, only gently discouraged. And imagine that, a veteran reformer advocating easily understood reforms and ideas, as opposed to trying to create a system that would be expensive, bureaucratic, fiendishly complicated, and punitive. Once again we have the suggestion that we should police people, not commodities. For the sake of the commodities freedom, human freedom should be sacrificed.
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You and I can both agree that nothing, for better or worse, is gentle about the Campaigner save for her good-natured heart. Also, is it so restrictive to educate people on what they're using and how best to take part in them as safely as possible. I don't believe Lillian is saying that the drugs aren't an issue (although please correct me if I'm wrong, Lillian), but rather that blaming the issue solely on the substance is too broad of a statement. It covers some of it, sure, but there's more to it.

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Anne Auclair
Anne Auclair
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6/27/2017
Sir Joseph Marlen wrote:

You and I can both agree that nothing, for better or worse, is gentle about the Campaigner save for her good-natured heart.

Oh, I think she is incredibly gentle and has chosen the most gentle methods available. Any gentler and they wouldn't be effective. Yes the medicine might be a little strong, but sometimes it's the difficult to shallow stuff that's best for you. Is a mother who is trying to get her child to shallow his medicine any less gentle for giving him a scolding?

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SeveredJoke
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6/27/2017
Marlon JD humbly requests help in removing his nightmares so he may be a more effective campaigner for the cause. The Merry Gentlemen is becoming a frequent visitor and refuses my polite request for donations.

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Dungerson
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6/27/2017
IHNIWTR wrote:
let me put it like this

would you prefer an old lady with pamphlets waiting outside a honey den, or an officer with a truncheon bursting in

because that's the choice here


Well, right now there are no officers with truncheons bursting into honey dens, though, because honey is legal. If the old lady with pamphlets comes into power, surely the chance that she'd use the truncheon-officer for this purpose will be much higher? (Otherwise, how else will she stop them from selling honey?)

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IHNIWTR
IHNIWTR
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6/27/2017
the kind old lady is about changing societal norms

the mean old lady is about changing laws

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James Sinclair
James Sinclair
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6/27/2017
Campaigner here. Donations are urgently needed for the Implacable Detective's campaign! Contact me in-game if you are willing to donate.

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Mycroft Tennyson
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6/27/2017
It has come to my attention that Nigel Overstreet is offering up his vote to whoever can persuade him. As he is a fairly prominent and advanced player I would strongly advocate attempting to recruit him. I have noticed however, that there is a deeply saddening lack of support for the Implacable Detective, and I feel unable to argue at the level of discourse present, for it requires deep knowledge of the lore. For these reasons, I am attempting to notify allies of the Detective of the existence of this thread.
The link is as follows: http://community.failbettergames.com/topic24342-undecided-sell-me-on-your-candidate.aspx

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A Dimness
A Dimness
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6/27/2017
I can't help but note people arguing against the Dauntless Temperance Campaigner's drug policies resort to the "You're punishing moderate users" argument.
There are usually 4 main recognized groups of substance abusers.
1. Experimental users, first-contact groups, usually young and tend to stop after a while, or even after first use.
2. Recreational users, used for enjoyment, this is what most of the player characters would fall under.
3. Dependent users, this is the Dauntless Temperance Campaign's target demographic: people who are too far in to stop by themselves.
4. Abstainers, people who've never used the substance or haven't been using for a considerably long amount of time.

While it's true that they might be influenced, recreational and experimentational users are completely peripheral to the Dauntless Temperate Campaign's platform. The Campaigner wants to tackle dependency because of its negative influence on the poor and its ties to organized crime. There's no concrete information yet on whether she plans to impose complete abstenance on honey, but it's foolish to assume she does and fallacious to use as argument. Don't forget that while dependency users are generally a minority overall, they are always the group that spends the most money on the substance itself. Tackling the addicts is the best way to put a dent in the honey-industry.

To summarize: if you want an image of the Dauntless Temperance Campaigner's true enemies- picture the rookeries and honey-dens, not the bohemian soirées.

Now, whether her method of choice is effective, that's a whole 'nother discussion. I don't really giving money to honey suppliers is in any way smart.

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Anne Auclair
Anne Auclair
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6/27/2017
LillianAranach wrote:
Anne Auclair wrote:

No one is being barred from pleasures, only gently discouraged. And imagine that, a veteran reformer advocating easily understood reforms and ideas, as opposed to trying to create a system that would be expensive, bureaucratic, fiendishly complicated, and punitive. Once again we have the suggestion that we should police people, not commodities. For the sake of the commodities freedom, human freedom should be sacrificed.


Only as fiendishly complicated and bureaucratic as any other privilege that requires a license. I should think such a system would be a boon to human freedom; after all, knowledge is power, especially knowledge that allows one to make responsible decisions with delectable rewards.

Consider all the complexity inherent in such a system. What is the criteria for determining if someone is a responsible as opposed to irresponsible user? How do you ensure they continue to act responsibly after receiving their licenses? How do you deal with those licensed individuals who break trust and act irresponsibly? How do you deal with people with licenses buying gin/honey for people who have been denied licenses? How do you deal with fake licenses? How do you stop people without licenses from getting their fix on the black market? How do you prevent those with power from abusing the licensing system to their benefit?

The ultimate answer is that you need a capricious police state of bureaucrats and constables to keep tabs on everyone. It would also impose prohibition on quite a few people (which is kinda funny as you say the specter of prohibition is why you're concerned with the DTC) .

It's much easier, and far more respectful of human freedom, to simply discourage everyone from using the products in question through regulation, welfare legislation and persuasion. You can't stop people from making bad life decisions, but you can discourage them from doing so, and help them when they want to change.

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Akernis
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6/27/2017
Infinity Simulacrum wrote:

There are usually 4 main recognized groups of substance abusers.
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4. Abstainers, people who've never used the substance or haven't been using for a considerably long amount of time.

I know it isn't really relevant to the point you were making, but are you saying that people who have never used the substance falls into one of the categories of substance abusers? How does that make any sense?

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A Dimness
A Dimness
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6/27/2017
Akernis wrote:
Infinity Simulacrum wrote:

There are usually 4 main recognized groups of substance abusers.
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4. Abstainers, people who've never used the substance or haven't been using for a considerably long amount of time.

I know it isn't really relevant to the point you were making, but are you saying that people who have never used the substance falls into one of the categories of substance abusers? How does that make any sense?

I guess it's a case of poorly expressing myself, but there's a difference between people who simply don't use because they don't care, and people who don't use because they're actively against it. I suppose I should rather call it 'Four demographics with a concrete position on substance abuse.'

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Dungerson
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6/27/2017
Well, so far I'm not quite sure how the DTC is going to pursue her many goals, and to what extent, really. My concern is that at some point, she's going to need to put down some rules and regulations concerning the honey trade (she is, right?), and she will need the Constables to enforce them as well. And as we all know, our constabulary is corrupt, inefficient, and undependable.

Much as the DTC's goal is noble, I think reforming the law enforcement and making it serve the common public instead of a select few takes precedence. Kind words and a good heart do go a long way in changing the world, but they can just go so far by themselves - and in a city that's menaced by countless threats, both shapeless and properly corporeal, I believe that it's about time we have a proper protector.

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Lawrence Eclipse
Lawrence Eclipse
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6/28/2017
Well, I feel I'm a tad late to the discussion, but I have something to add.
Anne Auclair accused the Detective of planning to restrict freedom, which is false -at least as I see freedom.
MY freedom will be restricted, sure. Maybe also hers. But hwat about the weak, the poor? To ensure their freedom we need firm laws. Freedom of laws only helps the powerful, because everyone one needs to fight for his or her freedom themselves.

I was planning on working for the Campaigner in the beginning -as a lesser evil- before the Detective came in. And now I'm happy I did not because there are unsettling rumours of the Campaigners ties to the anarchists. The people that want to abolish the rules and laws that protect our society.

I agree that we need to improve the laws, but the wrong order is always better than no order at all.

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A Dimness
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6/28/2017
Lawrence Eclipse wrote:
Well, I feel I'm a tad late to the discussion, but I have something to add.
Anne Auclair accused the Detective of planning to restrict freedom, which is false -at least as I see freedom.
MY freedom will be restricted, sure. Maybe also hers. But hwat about the weak, the poor? To ensure their freedom we need firm laws. Freedom of laws only helps the powerful, because everyone one needs to fight for his or her freedom themselves.

I was planning on working for the Campaigner in the beginning -as a lesser evil- before the Detective came in. And now I'm happy I did not because there are unsettling rumours of the Campaigners ties to the anarchists. The people that want to abolish the rules and laws that protect our society.

I agree that we need to improve the laws, but the wrong order is always better than no order at all.

Actually, the actual sentence used in the flash lay is this
"Anarchists have been haunting the headquarters, seeking favours for 'old friendships not forgot.'"
This 'old friendship' undoubtedly refers to the Dauntless Temperance Campaigner's friendship with the now-dead March of the Calendar Council, who by all accounts was a bad and inneffectual revolutionary. IIRC the DTC wasn't aware of March being a revolutionary to begin with, so it's far from clear whether she agrees with the revolutionaries or owes them anything to begin with.

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Anne Auclair
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6/29/2017
Hello supporters of the Implacable Detective. I was just thinking of one of the things we have in common: Feducci. None of us really care for him. So I thought you might find it worthwhile to send this around to various Feducci supporters. These arguments have convinced people on the forum to abandon the false-Tomb Colonist and back both our candidates.

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SPOILER WARNINGS - (1) THE TRUTH ABOUT FEDUCCI

Feducci makes grand promises to bring about a fairer London, but his character and past actions cast grave doubts as to whether he actually believes what he says.

Feducci is a false-Tomb Colonist, an invincible immortal man wrapped in stolen bandages who feigns a limp and a cough. He presents himself in such a way so he can lure people into his private fighting club and slaughter them in a duel to the permanent death. Duels to the death where the reigning champion cannot possibly be harmed, let alone killed, are hardly fair by any definition of the word. And of course Feducci is not content the advantages granted by his invincibility, he also goes to his duels proudly astride a warhorse in order to face opponents who fight on foot.

Feducci has had so many of these dishonest duels and has slaughtered so many unsuspecting opponents that he goes into battle with his arms wrapped in black ribbons:

“If that were not bad enough, his arms are swathed in enough black ribbons to hide his bandages. There are dozens of them: how many of his own society has he killed?”

Each of those ribbons taken from a man or woman who Feducci permanently murdered in an unfair, thoroughly one-sided duel.

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SPOILERS (2) When not permanently killing lesser mortals for sport, Feducci serves as the Presbyters Agent in London. Feducci’s clandestine activities are whispered about in the Flit and is regularly seen delivering reports and relics to Presbyter zailors. Feducci, in his capacity as the Presbyter’s Agent in London, regularly commissions the murder of London citizens, particularly those whose existence is condemned by Holy Presbyterate Law.

As the recent election campaign has established, Feducci is being paid by the Presbyter for these services. These payments are laundered through under-zee commercial transactions. Feducci invests in a speculative venture that a London company is hoping to make with the government controlled Licensed Exchange at Adam’s Way. The Presbyterate government then agrees to and insures that this venture is profitable. There was never any possibility of Feducci losing his investment.

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SPOILERS (3) Just as he has clothed himself in an aura of unearned courage, fighting duels that cannot possibly hurt him, Feducci has cultivated a reputation as a winner by repeatedly gambling with loaded dice. And yet this man promises to even the odds in London?

The Presbyter is getting something for all this money – that is obvious. If Feducci becomes Mayor he will be indebted for his success to an unfriendly foreign power that lays claim to territories held by London!

Lastly, Feducci has a terrible record when it comes to the people who put their trust in him. We’ve already documented how he treats his fellow duelists in the Black Ribbon – as pawns and disposable amusements! But this goes back a long way. When he still resided on the Elder Continent, Feducci went on a pilgrimage to the brambled city of Arbour:

“Feducci was a celebrated figure, attended by lovers, well-wishers and flatterers. Many begged to accompany him, and a company of seventy-seven embarked with pennants, wine, and song.

…One by one, Feducci's companions fell, but he refused to turn back. When he reached the rosebrick gate, he was alone.”

So ask yourself, would a false gambler like Feducci wager on the odds he has given you – that electing a cheater and schemer would somehow make London a fairer place? We both know the answer to that.
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