Category Archives: Democracy and Gambling

The best campaign I ever worked on…

It was a beautiful spring thaw day in February 2013, sunny with temps in the 50s, when a neighbor knocked on my door to ask me where I stood on the casino proposal in Milford. I wear my politics on …

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Leading intellectuals implore government to get out of gambling

In the US during the past generation, there has been a dramatic expansion of legalized gambling. Beginning in 1964 with New Hampshire, 37 states and the District of Columbia have instituted lotteries. As recently as 1988, only two states allowed …

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The libertarian argument against government-sponsored casinos

“When the state joins forces with private industry in order to sponsor and propagate an old human vice, the results can devastate both civic life and, in the long run, the civic purse as well.”  This is the conclusion made …

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Ralph Nader on why casinos are the wrong direction for America

The nation’s most respected consumer advocate, Ralph Nader, speaks powerfully about why government’s experiment with casinos is a failure and why we need to stop it.

Gambling Nation: A Democracy of Risk for Risk’s Sake

Below is a compelling, hard-hitting column by Esquire’s Charlie Pierce about what it means to turn America into a casino republic, declaring “The United States of America is now nothing more than a place where you gamble.” Gambling Nation: A …

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Government-created gambling addicts are not equal citizens

In the news video below, WPRI recently spotlighted how more than HALF the revenues from government’s casino program comes from citizens who have been turned into gambling addicts- citizens just like Sandy Hall who appears in this story. She lost …

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Government-Run Gambling Bigger Than Organized Crime

Should our democratic institutions be competing with organized crime for revenue? Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Monica Yant Kinney discovers an important distinction between illegal underground gambling and government-sponsored predatory gambling: “Bookies don’t prey on gamblers. Bookies don’t solicit. Gamblers find them.” …

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The Lottery: A New England Horror Story

In this 1990 article from New England Monthly, historian Taylor Branch gives an overview of the development of state lotteries in New England and the danger this poses to our democracy. The Lottery – A New England Horror Story by …

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Taylor Branch Speech at SPG Foundation National Convention in 2008

This is a video featuring Taylor Branch from SPG’s 2008 National Convention in Washington, D.C. He begins to specifically address the government policy of predatory gambling after the 6:00 mark. Daniel Hunter of Casino Free Philadelphia was invited to introduce …

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Taylor Branch on Democracy and Gambling

Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil Rights Movement and biographer of Martin Luther King, lays out why the government policy of predatory gambling undermines the core democratic principles our nation was founded on: “State-sponsored predatory gambling is …

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