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[DRAFT] Bet You I Can Cure Your Gambling Addiction

Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Mon May 09, 2022 12:14 pm

Based on a UK thing fro a few years back when gambling addiction services distances themselves from GambleAware. Not sure if similar dilemmas existed in other RL nations.

TITLE:
Bet You I Can Cure Your Gambling Addiction

VALIDITY:
capitalism, significant gambling industry

DESCRIPTION:
Healthcare providers have announced that they will no longer be accepting funding from the gambling addiction charity GambleResponsible over concerns that the majority of its donations come from the gambling industry itself.

OPTION 1
"Taking money from GambleResponsible would be like funding drug addiction clinics with drug cartel money," argues addiction specialist Dr. de Books, who has previously complained his service is underfunded. "The government ought to prevent the gambling industry from adopting this faint veneer of responsibility, and denounce GambleResponsible as a sham. In fact, more government money needs to be put into clinics like mine directly, to reduce the temptation to make a deal with the devil."

OUTCOME:
the government is taking people's money to protect them from being exploited by those who would take their money

OPTION 2
"We're an independent charity with strict governance procedures to separate us entirely from our very generous donors," explains GambleResponsible CEO Bach Hander, who gets a six figure salary for overseeing the well-funded organisation. "Let's not forget that there are compassionate people in the industry who want to protect and care for their customers simply because they are caring human beings looking out for the common good. Why would you want to discourage corporate responsibility? Why not set up some government-run addiction clinics that use our funding, and encourage responsible gambling across the nation at no cost to the taxpayer? This is an entertainment industry, and our motto is 'when it hurts, just stop'. That seems sensible, right?"

OUTCOME:
the goal of addiction clinics is "addiction in moderation"

OPTION 3
"Honestly, I don't see how gambling addiction can even be a thing," yawns your Treasury Minister, who is compulsively tossing a poker chip from hand to hand. "People are adults, making their own choices, and the industry is always diligent with their tax returns, as well as employing countless numbers of people. We should be encouraging this growth sector by loosening regulations and cutting red tape, not nannying grown-ups who are exercising their free market rights to do what they want with their own money."

OUTCOME:
odds are that industry has government in its pockets

OPTION 4
"I'm all for financial autonomy," declares former Communist Party member Des Kepitle. "However, to exercise financial autonomy you need to be free from debt and free from exploitation. Honestly, the whole gambling industry is rotten, amoral and irresponsible -- you'd be better off banning the whole shebang."

OUTCOME:
the house never wins

Last edited by Candlewhisper Archive on Thu May 19, 2022 12:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Diaboland
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Postby Diaboland » Mon May 09, 2022 3:56 pm

As a nation with a HUGE gambling industry, this is hilarious. Love it, hopefully it'll pop up for me one day!

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Postby Outer Sparta » Mon May 09, 2022 7:43 pm

Oh man that is a good premise. And a unique angle in terms of gambling but sadly I bet this phenomenon where the industry owns the charity is far too commonplace.
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Postby Wind and Void Rapture 1 » Tue May 10, 2022 9:31 am

I've got a nation with a communist gambling industry. It's probably using government-run lotteries to get funding for state endeavors.

Do communists value "financial autonomy"? Isn't that against communist principles? Or is the point of that character that they're a former Communist Party member? That fourth option could have unusual implications for economic freedom. On the one hand, it bans gambling, an obvious restriction on economic freedom. On the other hand, it respects financial autonomy, an obvious pro-freedom argument.
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Postby West Andes » Tue May 10, 2022 9:38 am

Misspelled GambleResponsible in the description (forgot the "i")
and the bold tag is done incorrectly for outcome 2

as someone with a gargantuan gambling industry, this is amazing lol
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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Thu May 19, 2022 12:14 pm

West Andes wrote:Misspelled GambleResponsible in the description (forgot the "i")
and the bold tag is done incorrectly for outcome 2

as someone with a gargantuan gambling industry, this is amazing lol

Thanks fixed those.
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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Thu May 19, 2022 12:16 pm

Wind and Void Rapture 1 wrote:I've got a nation with a communist gambling industry. It's probably using government-run lotteries to get funding for state endeavors.

Do communists value "financial autonomy"? Isn't that against communist principles? Or is the point of that character that they're a former Communist Party member? That fourth option could have unusual implications for economic freedom. On the one hand, it bans gambling, an obvious restriction on economic freedom. On the other hand, it respects financial autonomy, an obvious pro-freedom argument.


Its meant to be hypocritical/ironic that the former communist claims to be for financial autonomy, which is then doubled down on by proposing a restriction to economic activity. I can think on changing it though, if that's not coming across.

Worth noting the entire issue is validity locked to capitalist nations, of course.
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