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Old February 13 2014, 10:41 PM   #298
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Re: TF: A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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Where Ishan's concerned, I'm wondering if less wouldn't have been more - there's nothing that really requires him to be as aggressive as he thinks he should be, it may even pay off even better for him.
Sure -- but sometimes people overplay their hand. It just happens. Just last year in the U.S., you had Senator Ted Cruz and his faction decide to shut down the entire U.S. government out of their attempts to hijack the legislative process to match their political agenda, risking the welfare of people who depend on federal services and risking global economic collapse if the U.S. defaulted on its loans... and it completely and utterly backfired on him. Cruz and his people lost, a budget that doesn't match his priorities at all got passed six months later by the opposition and by less-extreme members of his own party, and Cruz suffered politically for it. Less would definitely have been more for him -- but he thought he could advance his agenda by striking hard and fast, so he did it. Same with Ishan.

(Incidentally, as I read The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and A Ceremony of Losses, I couldn't help but think to myself of the parallels between Cruz and Ishan -- newly-elected legislators who rise to national prominence on the back of a constitutional crisis they created, advocating for a belligerent policy agenda. It was uncanny!)

I know I keep harping on about real-life politics, but I'm doing that to illustrate how the things we see political leaders in The Fall doing are themselves completely plausible and full of real-life precedent.
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