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El Jefe

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Someone else who knows the tune, whistle it for Lance. You just made a bright autumnal day in the Northwest that much better knowing I can now skive off the grocery money to buy a new Pratchett....

Kate

Lord Vetinari had some brilliant (diabolical) ideas such as having thieves join a guild where they limit their stealing, aren't particularly violent, and the guild keeps the thieves in line. This cuts down on policing costs and keeps the city running more or less smoothly. Vetinari is an interesting tyrant.

I just finished Night Watch for the hundredth time. Whenever this country's behavior just gets too much I reread Night Watch. My copies soon wear out and need replacing.

Long live Commander Sam Vimes!

burritoboy

"Lord Vetinari had some brilliant (diabolical) ideas such as having thieves join a guild where they limit their stealing, aren't particularly violent, and the guild keeps the thieves in line. This cuts down on policing costs and keeps the city running more or less smoothly. Vetinari is an interesting tyrant."

This is not only not new, but it was standard practice for well over a thousand years in China for every city to have a "Beggars Guild" which also served as the guild for petty thieves. As shown in v. Gulick's excellent Judge Dee mystery series, the head of the Beggar's Guild (the lovable rogue Sheng Pa) often aids Judge Dee in catching the more diabolical or cruel criminals of the town.

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