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By Peter Collins

ISBN-10: 1567205852

ISBN-13: 9781567205855

No longer limited to Nevada and Atlantic urban, playing is cropping up far and wide with amazing pervasiveness, from the recent local American casinos to state-run lotteries to the web. Arguing opposed to the concept an ethical case will be made for banning playing in a society dedicated to liberal democratic values, Collins still sees a task for furthering public coverage objectives and mitigating the in poor health results of playing on groups in addition to on gamblers themselves. spotting that governments and providers of playing companies have a typical curiosity in making sure that playing is either ecocnomic and good considered via the final inhabitants, he argues for tax rules that direct funding towards groups in particular want and for sincere and sensible therapy and prevention courses for compulsive gamblers. Politicians, civil servants, and regulators thinking about playing concerns; these in and outdoors of the playing who search to persuade it; and scholars of the playing in any respect degrees will locate this a desirable examine a becoming and debatable industry.

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The pleasures of escape (gambling as theater). Racecourses, bingo halls, betting shops, and casinos all offer places where people can escape from loneliness, boredom, stress, and even the strain of having to take life and money seriously all the time. They offer escape from these things into places that are congenial, convivial, stimulating, and even glamorous. This offers the attractions of both being a spectator at the theater and a performer in the drama. Obviously, the immoderate pursuit of any of these pleasures may be damaging to the well-being of the individual.

Such people deny that it is the business of government to use the power of the state to compel people to behave in a way that those who govern deem to be moral. Instead such people typically propose that the only justification for interference by the state in the choices that individuals make about how to conduct their lives is when the exercise of such choices threatens to harm others in a way that violates their legitimate rights. This view of the role of government has its origins in the political philosophy of Hobbes and Locke.

11. The views of the world’s main religions on gambling are described in Cabot, Casino Gaming, 19–37. 12. For an account of the empirical similarities and differences in the relevant addictions, see H. R. Lesieur, S. B. Blume, and R. Zoppa, “Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Gambling,” Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 10 (1986): 33–38. Chapter 3 Should Gambling Be Legal? In this chapter, I review the principal arguments for and against the view that gambling should be illegal and conclude that gambling should not be illegal.

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